Clugstons in Belfast

Robert Clugston, weaver of Belfast

On 1843 July 23, Emily Clugston, about 14 years of age, was assaulted by Catholic girls on her return from Sunday School. “someone called out, ‘look at her, with her Orange, Protestant Bible’… Emily Sandy-row — her father is living — recollects being at the school of the Rev. Mr. Johnston, Berry-street … her father is an old man, and very poor circumstances … Margaret Clugston, examined Mr. O’Rouke — the mother of Emily Clugston — she was very much injured, and was confined bed until last Sunday — her shoulder was blackened,and she “moaned” her short rib, where she got the kick, greatly — she only daughter.”
Berry St Presbyterian was a Secessionist church.

Robert Clugston = Margaret
    (In 1843 Robert was "an old man")
    Emily Clugston 1828-1898 = James Lunn 1825-  m 1847.8.14 Belfast (James son of James Lunn)

In 1852, Robert Clugston, weaver, lived at 83 Durham Street. This street is the continuation of Sandy Row, and the house is less than 500 metres from Berry St. He is the only Clugston in the 1852 BSD directory of Belfast. (The only other Clugston in that directory is William Clugston, grocer, of Main st Antrim).
The fact that there are no other Clugstons in Belfast suggests that Robert was not born there. This seems to be Robert Clugston 1785-1868 d. Belfast. He was 58 in 1843, which can reasonably qualify as an “old man”.
“Only daughter” probably means that he had no other children, but could also mean that his other children were sons.

He also appears in the Tithe Applotment Quarto Book, 17 Oct 1838.
Hamilton’s Entry, Belfast, Robert Clugston. House, no yard. 18s0d.
In the Post Office Annual Directory 1843, the “Street Directory” section, lists “Hamilton’s Entry, Durham Street” which I think means it was a side-street of Durham St.

This might be Samuel Clugston 1882- b Antrim
(1901: servant in Whitehead, Templecorran)

Robert Clugston
    Andrew Clugston = Ellen McGreer 1837- m 1856.10.27 Belfast (Ellen dau John McGreer)
        Male 1870.1.6 b. Antrim

Alexander’s father Robert could possibly be the brother of Samuel Clugston of Tullyvallen, Armagh who married Agnes Gamble b 1841 Monaghan.
Both Alexander and Eliza gave their ages as 22 which may be a lie (they could be younger)

Robert Clugston
    Alexander Clugston 1835-1870.12 (or born 1833) Wood carver
      = Eliza Maghon 1835-1909.6.25 b Co Down m 1857.1.17 Belfast
        (Eliza daughter of John Maghon)
        (Alexander d. 6 Stanley St, Belfast)
        (1901: 6 Stanley St, Belfast. Elizabeth was born in 1842. Mary Gamble b 1861- Belfast was lodging with her)
        (Eliza died at the house of her son-in-law)
        Robert Andrew Clugston 1861- b. Belfast. Hackle maker in foundry
          = Sarah Pyper 1864- b Belfast m1881.5.8 St Annes Church of Ireland, Belfast
            (Sarah dau of Samuel Pyper of 17 College St Belfast porter)
            (1881: Robert was living at 6 Stanley St before marriage)
            (1901: 131 Bellevue St, Woodvale, Belfast)
            (1911: 131 Bellevue St, Woodvale, Belfast. 7 kids 4 living)
             (their granddaughter Margaret Clugston 1908- b Belfast was with them)
            Alexander Clugston 1882- b Belfast (not present in 1911)
            James Pyper Clugston 1884- b Belfast Brass turner
            Georgina Clugston 1884.8.10-1885.5.27 b. 17 College St Belfast d. 21 College St Belfast.
               (Cause of death: Measles).
            Margaret Clugston 1889- b Belfast (not present in 1911)
            Mary Cavander Clugston 1891.11.6-1891.11.16 b&d 13 Gibson St, Belfast
            Robert Andrew Clugston 1892- b Belfast
            William John Clugston 1895.9.9 b 13 Gibson St Belfast
              = Maggie Carroll 1893 m 1915.5.25
                (William was living in Ballykinlar Co Down)
            Albert Clugston 1907- Adopted son.
        Margaret Ann Clugston 1863 b Belfast = James Petrie 1861 b Belfast Boiler maker m 1887.9.10
            (1901: 47 Dundella St, Victoria, Down)
            (1911: 68 Wilgar St, Victoria, Down. 6 kids, 6 living)
            David Petrie 1900.5.30 b 29 Third Ave Belfast (Witness: Elizabeth Curran 1 Cedar Terrace)
        Elizabeth Clugston 1864.8.28-1866 b&d 8 Stanley St Belfast
        William John Clugston 1868.9.8 Antrim
            (1889.9.13: 6 Stanley St. Arrested for furious driving in the last 12 months).
        Elizabeth Clugston 1870.10.1 b. 6 Stanley St Belfast

On 24 Feb 1864, Alexander Clugston was a defence witness in a case about a boy accused of throwing snowballs at “three respectable gentlemen” at Durham st/Stanley St Belfast. “Mr. Gray admitted that had thrown snowballs himself in his youth, but it was at boys like himself.” The charge was dismissed.

In the 1868 BSD directory, Clugston, Alex., wood carver, lived at 6 Stanley St, Belfast. In 1877 the house was occupied by Eliza Clugston; in 1880 by Clugston, Mrs; in 1901 by Clugston, W J, carter. In 1861 it was occupied by Alex Thompson, wood carver.

CLUGSTON—June 25. at the residence of her son-in-law. __ Street. Strandtown. Eliza, widow of the late Alexander Clugston. formerly of Stanley Street. The remains of our dearly-beloved mother will be removed, for interment in Shankill Burying-ground on Monday afternoon, at two o’clock. Friends’ will please accept this intimation. ROBERT CLUGSTON WILLIAM JOHN CLUGSTON. MARGARET PETRIE.
— Belfast telegraph, 1909 June 26.

In 1881.10.24, Hugh Clugston was a millworker at Sir John Savage’s mill, Crumlin Rd, Belfast. He was sentenced to one month imprisonment for stealing twine.
In 1883.1.20, Hugh Clugston was a young man belonging to the Salvation Army, in their hall in Mountjoy St, off the Shankill road. In 1880, William Clugston, Labourer, lived at 16 Mountjoy St.
Hugh Brown born 1872 in Belfast was the son of William Clugston and Littie Kennedy of Banbridge.

William Clugston
    Hugh Clugston

Arthur Clugston, photographic artist, sued Arthur G. Massey, photographer and portrait painter, recover the sum of £1 8s for work done. — 1883.11.24

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