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Aughantaraghan Dial

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A 375mm square horizontal slate dial, one corner damaged, in a private collection. MADE BY THOMAS McCREASH ANNO DOMINI 1821 FOR Mr FELIX CASSEDY OF AUGHANTARAGHAN LATITUDE 54D:12M It has a fully qualified 16 point compass rose at its centre. The dial shows the time from 4a.m. to 8p.m. in Roman Numerals IIII for four. Inside the Chapter Ring there is a fractional time ring with 5 minute, 15 minute, 30 minute and 60 minute divisions. It has a solid bronze gnomon.
The dial is decorated in the four corners with leaf designs inside a quadrant.
Thomas McCreash was the first schoolmaster in the Poyntzpass Chapel School from around 1813 till 1826. Four of his dials adorn local churches and this one is in a private collection.

Thanks to Hugh Daly for the sundial photographs and the following information the Cassedy/Daly family

Felix Cassidy had a son Michael Cassidy Michael Cassidy, Aughantaraghan, born 1815, died 19th Feb 1852 aged 57 married Eleanor Magill, born 1805 died 8th December 1889 four children
1. Felix Cassiday, born 27th May 1849, died 8th December 1920 married Elizabeth Galway on 18th July 1883 witnessed by Michael Kenny and Hugh McDonnell no children, but 'adopted' Felix Daly, a nephew of Elizabeth Galway.
2. Charles Cassidy, born 6th January 1839
3. Elizabeth Cassidy, born 10th November 1840
4. Margaret Cassidy, born 3rd September 1843, died 7th February 1875 married Bernard Shields on 20th June 1874 witnessed by John Monaghan and Peter Murphy
From grave headstones in Poyntzpass chapel:
Eiver Cassidy died 22/3/1850 aged 76 Aughantarahan from headstone
Jean Cassidy died 8/5/1840 (wife of Eiver) aged 63 Aughantarahan from headstone
Michael Cassidy died 19th February 1872 aged 57 Aughantarahan from headstone
Margaret Cassidy died 7th February 1875 aged 28 Aughantarahan from headstone (daughter of Michael)
From map of the Close Estate 1831: Cassidy - meadow field opposite Daly lane James Cassidy - houses in farm behind Magills/Converys Eiver
Cassidy - field behind Jim McVeighs house Cassidy - meadow field opposite Jim McVeighs

Thanks also to Frank Watters of the Poyntzpass & District Local History Society for information on McCreash.
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