Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

25 August, 1906  


Mr. John Noton exhibited a plant grown, by a gentleman in Lurgan College, near Belfast with a curious history. It was grown from seed taken from an Egyptian tomb, and it is stated to be not less than 1,200 years old.

About 15 years ago, Mr. Noton explained, Professor Flinders Petrie found in the Fayume district of Egypt, a fertile tract of country in the ancient days, a number of mummies in their cases. Some of their clothes were sent in their cases to Rivers Vale, near Ashton, where a number of Egyptologists were accustomed to meet. Seeds resembling small peas were found amongst the cloths and one of the party presented them to Mr. Noton, and his friend in Lurgan planted them.

The tombs from which the seeds came belonged to Coptic times or from the second to the seventh century so that the seeds must, have been from 1,200 to 1,700 years old.


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