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References to Freemasonry in popular culture range from the vitriolic to the innocuous. Far more often they are merely misinformed allusions from which Freemasonry faces a far more insidious threat; that of being marginalized, trivialized, and fictionalized. Most of the references noted on this site are harmless, simply pointing out that Freemasonry has played a role in our society; some are humorous, yet some are disturbing in their associations.
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The Parish of Seapatrick
by Robert Stephens
Mr. J. T. Reade, a grandson of James Sturrock, says of him: "Some time in 1803 he went for his last ride on a fiery horse which he was going to sell. The horse bolted and threw my grandfather and a foot having been caught in one of the stirrups he was dragged along and killed...." A memorial was erected by his widow over the grave in the old churchyard at Seapatrick and a tablet in memory of father and son placed in Holy Trinity Church in 1906.
Two verses from a ballad, written at the time, mention his fraternal affiliations:
It galloped like a thunder-bolt
All by the two-mile mill;
But his honour found he was growing weak
When he reached unto Bell's Hill,
His foot flew from the stirrup,
His head came to the ground,
His skull in pieces it was broke
That night when he was found ...
We've lost the flower of the North,
Since Sturrock he is gone;
He was a bold Freemason,
Far better Orangeman
We laid him in Seapatrick,
Where his love and he did dwell;
Many's the sermon there he preached
And his hearers loved him well.

Source : raymondscountydownwebsite.com [accessed 2007/10/18]

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