Adam Lynn was born in the village of Cullybackey in 1866 and showed by his work that genius is independent of social position or learning. He received the rudiments of his education at two National Schools and aged thirteen he went to work for William Young, J.P., Fenaghy in the linen industry. During this time he wrote poetry for local newspapers, writing in the local dialect and dealing with various subjects. His poems are rich in rare words and quaint expressions, maybe difficult to understand if you were a stranger, but still appealed to the local people. After a number of years he felt the call of mission work and was appointed missionary lay reader in the Shankill Parish, Lurgan where he remained until his retirement. Of a retiring and thoughtful nature Adam Lynn was perhaps quite unknown personally to the majority of people who read his poems, but in them one can always find the mind and heart of the author, which was always kind and gentle and full of humour.
At the request of his many admirers his poems were published in the book, “Random Rhymes Frae Cullybackey,” in 1911. Every clergyman that came to the district received a poetic welcome from Adam and to those that were called to other parts he bid them a kindly farewell – if he thought they deserved it. As was his wish, he died at Fenaghy on 2nd January 1956 aged ninety-one.
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