Hilden Mill timeline From day one of this project, as I have been talking to local residents, former pupils at the school and workers at the mill, I have jotted down anything that anyone tells me about Hilden School, the mill and the village. Also, as I have explored archives [...]
Involving the community Involving the community is central to the Hilden School Project, and an initial community engagement session was organised just over a month after I started working as a Heritage Development Officer at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum. This meeting was mainly with members of the Resurgam Community Development Trust [...]
Entering the boarded building Hilden School, the focus of this project, has unfortunately been empty and unused since the school bell was last rung in 2008. The gates are locked, windows boarded up, and the grass uncut. Sadly, there has also been some vandalism, though following the purchase of the building by Lisburn and [...]
In a previous blog, I mentioned that I had been avidly reading books and articles that mentioned Hilden, and in particular Hilden School. I have now moved on to examining old newspapers for information about the school and surrounding area. Old newspapers are a wonderful source of information though searching for articles can be [...]
Northern Ireland 100 Years: Lisburn Museum’s NI Centenary Quilt Programme Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council secured a grant from The Shared History Fund, to deliver a Northern Ireland Centenary Quilt Programme between October and December 2021. This programme is one of the council’s initiatives to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland. The National [...]
Lisburn-and-the-Great-War.com now with photographs! This Lisburn and the Great War research project and database is a joint initiative by Pat Geary, author for the original Friends’ School website, and the museum. The project intends to preserve a permanent record of the hundreds of men and women from Lisburn and district who served and died in [...]
Historic Photo: Ginesi's Fish & Chip Shop, Market Square The Classic Supper Saloon, or Ginesi's, was a fish & chip shop at 25 Market Square. Established in the 1930s, the shop was hugely popular with the people of Lisburn and surrounding area. We were delighted to add this photo, of Dominic Ginesi [...]
Video: BBC's 'Road to Partition' feat. the Museum's Collections In early 2021 the museum was delighted to be invited to take part in the filming of a new three-part series on the history of the partition of Ireland. The museum's Research Officer Dr Ciaran Toal told the story of the Swanzy Riots [...]
It's hot! What we wouldn't give for an ice-cream from Irwin's cart (captured during Lisburn Shopping Work, 1930). Where was your favourite spot for ice-cream in Lisburn? #VirtualMuseum #Lisburn
Exploring heritage, bringing new life to Hilden School Hello! My name is Ben Simon and I have recently been appointed as Heritage Development Officer for the Hilden School Project (HSP). I will be based at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum (ILCLM) until December 2021, working as part [...]
Photo: Market Place, Lisburn, before and After A before and after view of Market Place, Lisburn. Crazy Prices was developed in the late 1980s on former site of Stewarts’ Mill, one of Lisburn’s most prominent thread mills. The home of Robert Stewart (d.1858), the founder of the mill, still stands t(on the [...]
Credit: Brown Shaw, ILC&LM Collection Photo: Mayor's Parade, Wallace Park Celebrations, 1990 How much fun does this look? A photograph from the Mayor's Parade in the 1990s - do you remember the event? Let us know, get in touch!
Photo: Quay Street, Lisburn Quay Street, where the Union Bridge and Bridge Street meet the Lagan, was a hive of activity. In this photograph from the 1960s note the Lisburn Hide Co., Millar & Stevenson Coal Merchants and Halls' pub! Share your memoires with us, get in touch! [...]
Photo: Mayor Tinsley planting bulbs in Castle Gardens, 2008 This photograph shows pupils from St. Joseph's, Brownlee and Forthill primaries with Mayor James Tinsley in 2008. The children joined the Mayor to plant Dutch bulbs, and help recreate the Castle Gardens of previous centuries. Do you remember the event? Let us know, [...]
Object, Carpet Beater LMILC.2013.167 This cane carpet beater was sold from at Hugh Kirkwood's store, and hung in the doorway of the shop. Ad: Kirkwoods, 1921 Hugh Kirkwood, of Clonevin Park, operated his hardware merchants from the corner of Bow Street and Market Square, Lisburn. He had operated as an [...]
Photo: Corner café with the Nicholson statue, 1980s Market Square has been at the heart of Lisburn since the town was first laid out in the early 17th-century. The square has seen a lot of changes. This view dates from the 1980s, and features the Ulster Buildings (c.1950) with the Corner Café [...]
Advert: J.C. Patterson, 1921 Originally known as Fergy & Patterson, which opened in 1912, J. C. (John Clarke) Patterson occupied 30 Bow Street, and was a general merchant. Object, J.C. Patterson, Gramophone Record ILC&LM Collection The museum holds an original gramophone record, from 1927, of William McEwan's 'He lifted me' in [...]
Photo: Frank Pantridge and Mayor McAllister, 1991 In this photograph, Mayor William McAllister (UUP) plants a tree with Frank Pantridge CBE. Known as the ‘Father of Emergency Medicine’ Professor Pantridge was awarded the freedom of the borough in 1991, and planted this tree in Wallace Park to mark the event. Born near [...]
Photo: Mayor O'Hagan and the site of the Huguenot Church, Castle Street In 1998 Lisburn Borough Council Mayor Peter O'Hagan unveiled a plaque on Castle Street, Lisburn, on the site of the former Huguenot Church in Lisburn. The Huguenots were protestants, who fled France in the 17th-century after Louis XIV revoked the [...]
Market Square, 1919 by David Gould (1871-1952) ILC&LM Collection Born in Scotland, David Gould came to Belfast in 1891 to learn damask designing but qualified as an art teacher after attending the Government School of Art. He lived in Lisburn between 1909 and 1926 and taught at Friends’ School, Lisburn for several years. The [...]
Photo: Lisnagarvey Dining Rooms, 1937 What a fantastic photo! Lisnagarvey Dining Room on Market Street was a popular café in the centre of the town. In this photograph the building is decked out in flags and decoration, this is likely in anticipation of the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth [...]
Copyright: ILC&LM Collection Photo: Mayor's Parade litter float, c1979 Elsie Kelsey was born and brought up at Demiville House, Halftown, and was the first female mayor of Lisburn Borough Council (1978-79). She stood for the Ulster Unionist Party. Here she is photographed at the annual Mayor's parade, admiring a council float [...]
Advert: Robert Young, Draper, Bow Street, 1921 Robert Young, a draper on Bow Street, was a main-stay of shopping life in Lisburn for over 50 years. The firm was founded in early 1913, taking over the former premises of David Kilpatrick who ran a similar shoe and draper's store on the [...]
Flyer: Lisburn Picture House, c1930 A flyer for the Picture House, Market Square, Lisburn. At 34 Market Square we have Hagan's, at 36 Market Square was the Picture House, while at no. 38 was Thompsons', a bakery. The cinema opened in Lisburn 1927, but burned to the ground in 1930. A new [...]
Photo: Barbour Threads Float, c.1970s How wonderful is this photo? It shows a float designed and by workers at Hilden Mill, home to Barbour Threads. We believe the photo dates from the 1976 and shows a float designed for a peace parade, part of a province-wide movement protesting violence. Do you remember [...]
Photos: Lisburn Fire Engine at a fire in Market Square, 1949 Purchased in 1939, and delivered to the Lisburn Fire Station in Railway Street in early September, this Dennis Light Four Engine served with the fire service in Lisburn until the early 1950s. In 1949 the engine was involved in putting out [...]
Object, Mourning Jewellery LMILC.1994.43 Made of bog oak, this necklace is a piece of mourning jewellery and was worn to remember an individual who had died. Note the inscription on the pendant: 'In memory of'. Advert: William Jellie, Undertaker, Lisburn, 1921 One hundred years ago, who could you contact to arrange [...]
The end of an era? Lisnagarvey Transmitting Tower Opened in 1936, Lisnagarvey Transmitting Station at Sprucefield, outside Lisburn. was part of a regional broadcasting initiative. Its distinctive ‘Blaw-Knox tower' is a familiar site to many motorists on the A1 road, standing at almost 500 feet. The Marconi transmitter at Lisnagarvey was hugely [...]
Launch of a new exhibition: 'Planting a Parliament: partition and the foundation of Northern Ireland, 1920-22' “You cannot knock Parliaments up and down as you do a ball, and once you have planted them there, you cannot get rid of them” Sir Edward Carson, December 1919 To mark the centenary of Northern Ireland we [...]
Back Lane, c.1970 Do you remember the old Back Lane? Get in touch, and share your memories!
From Lisburn Museum’s Archives: HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) and his first visit to Lisburn
From Lisburn Museum's Archives: HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) and his first visit to Lisburn Born in Corfu, Greece, the young Prince Philip’s early life was turbulent. Following a coup against the Greek Royal Family, he fled to Paris. Philip was educated in England and Scotland, and joined the [...]
Photo: Hillhall Girl Guides parading in Castle St on V.E. Day A rare photograph: Hillhall Girl Guides marching during VE Day, Lisburn 8 May 1945. Posted as part of our VE Day online exhibition. Do you have any memories of VE Day in Lisburn? Let us know, get in touch! [...]
Flaxie is getting ready for Easter. Join in with the fun activity song Sleeping Bunnies and have a go at making bunny ears to wear using our free printable craft sheet. Sleeping bunnies This is one of Flaxie's favourite action songs. Imagine you are a bunny, when the song starts [...]
"Spring is sprung, the grass is ris. I wonders where the birdies is. They say the birds is on the wing. Ain't that absurd? I always thought the wing was on the bird." Welcome spring with Flaxie by creating your own miniature garden using our tutorial and templates. We also have a free downloadable [...]
Photo: May Day at the Convent, Seymour Street, 1963 The Sisters of the Sacred Heart arrived in Lisburn in 1870s, establishing a convent on Seymour Street. These buildings were demolished in the 1970s. This fantastic photo shows May Day in 1963. Do you remember the convent? Do you remember other religious [...]
NI Centenary Talks Programme 2021 As part of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Centenary Programme, marking 100 years since the foundation of Northern Ireland, we are pleased to announce a new series of talks. The programme reflects on a range of Centenary-related themes, including history, sports, industry, the arts and identity, and feature Dr [...]
Join in with Flaxie to make your own decoration for St Patrick's day. This Leprechaun holding a leaping rainbow is sure to bring a little magic to your day! To create a Leprechaun with a leaping rainbow you will need to download the free printables [...]
Object: St Patrick's Day Postcard Enjoy this St Patrick's Day, with a festive postcard from our collection!Added to our collection in 1990, this postcard was generously donated, along with a further seven WWI postcards, by a resident of Lisburn.
Photo: Girls in green take on GB Hockey Girls in green taken on GB hockey! This weekend (13 March 2021) the Irish Ladies' Hockey team (which has eight Ulster players on the squad) are playing matches against the Olympic Champions Great Britain at Queen’s University, Belfast. This photo shows Lisnagarvey Ladies' [...]
Video: Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation (and controlled the Lisburn estate!)
Video: Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation (and controlled the Lisburn estate!) In this talk Wallace Collection curator Suzanne Higgott discusses the life and legacy of Lady Wallace, the shy, enigmatic French woman who bequeathed the Wallace Collection to the nation. Born in [...]
Video: Scenes of Lisburn, 1963 What a great find! Follow the link to a fantastic video of Lisburn in 1963 uploaded by Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. The video depicts the old courthouse, erected by Sir Richard Wallace, alongside Castle House, Castle Gardens and Wallace Park. Do you notice any [...]
Even though our doors are closed the education team are still working away behind the scenes in Lisburn Museum. Recently we have been taking the opportunity to catch up with some routine maintenance of the equipment used in the galleries for demonstrations and workshops. The spinning wheels we work on are wooden [...]
Photo: Main Street, Hillsborough, 1924 Do you recognise this view? This 1924-postcard from the Alan Coon photography studio. As the Dictionary of Ulster Biography notes: Alan Daniel Coon (1867-1938) was born in Buffalo, New York and was Attorney-at-Law in the United States. In 1902 he came to Ulster and opened a photographic studio in Derry [...]
Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Activity Create your own treasure hunt at home. Join us to help celebrate Flaxie's 5th birthday by having a treasure hunt at home. This fun activity will have you hunting for Flaxie in your own house, and puzzling over some challenge questions. Download the FREE printable pack HERE to get started. [...]
Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Make it at home: Cupcake craft This year Lisburn Museum is celebrating Flaxie's 5th birthday virtually. Today we are making a decorative birthday cupcake. A limited number of support packs are available to compliment the crafts for the Flaxie Buds Bonanza. Please get in touch if [...]
Investigate Lisburn Museum with Flaxie I was in lockdown in Lisburn And all through the Market house Nothing was stirring Not even a city mouse. Suddenly the Flax in the museum was shaking I stayed really still In my shoes I was quaking But then I smiled when who did appear It was Flaxie [...]
Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Party Hats and Crowns Join us to help celebrate Flaxie's 5th birthday by making a party hat or crown to wear This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some ideas to use. Scrap card - cereal boxes or tissue boxes work [...]
In 20210 the museum partnered with NI Science Festival to produce a short video on the history of Hilden Mill. The film is one of three in a series documenting the past, present and future of the linen industry in Northern Ireland. View the full playlist here, with great contributions from Dr Anthony [...]
Flaxie Buds Bonanza 2021 Lisburn Museum welcomes all the Flaxie Buds and their families to join in for a VIRTUAL celebration of Flaxie's 5th birthday in 2021. There will be activities posted on the VIRTUAL MUSEUM from Saturday 27th February 2021 to get everyone in the party spirit. With party art activities, a [...]
Object: Telephone Thread, c.1900 Linen telephone thread from Barbour's, Lisburn. Details Title: Telephone thread Creator: Artist Unknown Date Created: 1900 Type: Advert View a virtual exhibition here.
Photo: view of Barbour's from the Towpath William Barbour moved to Hilden, on a site of a bleach green previously owned by the Delacherois family, in 1820s. By the mid-1830s he had built the largest thread-twisting works in Ireland, and by the 1900s it was the largest in the world! [...]
Photo: plaque from Barbour Park, Bridge Street/Sloan Street The Barbour family left a rich legacy to Lisburn, including the Barbour Playground. Given by Anna Edwards Barbour, a philanthropist and husband of Harold Barbour, she passed on the opportunity for a formal opening in 1929, so the children could play as early as possible. A [...]
Photo: an aerial view of Barbour's Mill, Hilden Looking across the extensive thread works at Hilden towards the Lagan, note the distinctive red hand of the Barbour's famed logo. Did you or a relative work at Barbour's? Share your story!
Photo: McKeown's Bread Vans, Lisburn Do you remember the James McKeown & Co. Bakery? The bakery opened in Sloan Street the 1850s, and served the people of Lisburn until its closure in the late 1980s. Read more about the bakery's history here. The Bakery also had premises in Seymour Street. Clip: Advert [...]
A short snippet from the museum’s collection: A Flax Improvement Society Silver Medal, 1849 A silver award medal to R. Neill, Belfast, and engraved “In Commemoration of the Visit of Her Majesty Queen Victoria & H.R.H. Prince Albert to the Exhibition of Flax & Linen Fabrics in the Linen Hall, Belfast, on the 11th [...]
Video: Dr Patricia Marsh - "The doctors are being run off their feet": Spanish Flu in Lisburn Dr Patricia Marsh is a medical historian and expert on the history of the Spanish Flu in Ireland and Ulster. Dr Marsh has spoken widely on the flu pandemic, including at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin, Ireland. In this [...]
Snippet from the Collection: A short snippet from the museum’s collection: a red cross feeding cup c.1914-18 This patient Feeding Cup or Invalid Cup was used to help nurse injured Soldiers and Sailors who were bed-bound and could not sit up to feed. The cup is marked with a red cross, the symbol of the [...]
Snippet from the Collection: Barbour's Thread Box A short snippet from the museum’s collection: a Ladies' box of Barbour's domestic linen threads with needles and thimble, donated by a visitor.
Snippet form the Collection: A short snippet from the museum's collection: a Spool of Thread from Wolfhill Spinning Co. LTD. Located in Ligoniel, Belfast, Wolfhill Spinning Company produced linen thread.
Photo: Preparing Rooms at Stewarts' Mill Photo of the Preparing Room at Robert Stewart & Sons Ltd, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
Video: Dr Alan Parkinson - The Northern Troubles 1920-22 In this talk Dr Alan Parkinson, author of Belfast’s Unholy War (2004) will examine the troubles in Ulster in the 1920s, from Belfast, Derry and Lisburn, and the violent context that surrounded the birth of Northern Ireland (1921). Alan Parkinson is a former university history lecturer/teacher-trainer. [...]
Photo: The machinery falls quiet at Barbour Threads, Lisburn, 2006
Photo: building the new civic centre, Lisburn
Video: Cormac Moore- The day-to-day effects of Partition in Ireland Dr Cormac Moore is Historian-in-Residence with Dublin City Council, and author of a number of books including The Irish Soccer Split (2015) and The Birth of the Border (2019). In this talk Cormac will explore the impact of partition, from law to sport, agriculture to [...]
Photo: Convent, Seymour Street
Advert: Barbour Threads, c.2000 Did you work there? What are your memories? Did you use their products?
Photo: Top Hall Ballroom, Lisburn Share your stories of the Top Hat Ballroom with us! Who did you see? Do you have any photos? Share them us!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum! Credit: James Lyttle, Lisburn
Photo: Christmas time in Market Square, c. 1960s-70s?
Photo: Market Square and the Nicholson Statue in the Snow, c.1963 Photo: Market Square in the Snow, 1963
Photo: A view of the Crimean Cannon in Castle Gardens
Photo: A view of the corner of Bow Street and Antrim Street in the snow, 1963.
Video: Christopher Magill – The East Ulster Riots and the Formation of The Special Constabulary 1920
Video: Christopher Magill - The East Ulster Riots and the Formation of The Special Constabulary 1920 In this talk, Christopher Magill examines Ulster in 1920, from the shipyard expulsions to the wave of summer rioting that swept through Banbridge, Dromore, Belfast and Lisburn, and the emergence of the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC). Dr Christopher Magill [...]
Video: Pearse Lawlor: Lisburn - The Burnings, 1920 In this talks Pearse Lawlor examines the murder of RIC DI Swanzy in August 1920, and the events which led to serious sectarian rioting and the burning of Catholic owned property in Lisburn throughout summer 1920. View the video here: https://youtu.be/W8x9T9ofcuQ This series was generously supported by [...]
Video: Prof Brian Walker - Centenaries, 1920-23: commemorations, conflict and conciliation In this talk, Prof Brian Walker explores the issue of anniversaries, centenaries and commemoration in Ireland, from 1798 in 1998 through to 2021 and the ‘birth’ of Northern Ireland, reflecting on our changing response to remembering. Brian M. Walker is an historian and Professor [...]
Photo: A view of Market Square in the snow, 1963.
The Barbours of Kilbarchan: Lisburn's linen Family and their Ulster-Scots Links November 23-25 2020 marks Ulster-Scots week, an annual initiative from the Ulster-Scots Agency to promote awareness and appreciation of the Ulster-Scots language or dialect. Lisburn is famous for its links to the linen industry, and for the manufacture of linen thread which [...]
The Bard of Moneyrea: Robert Huddleston Part of a series on Ulster-Scots across LCCC to mark Ulster Scots Language Week, 2020. Lying on the east edge of the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area, Moneyreagh (Mónaidh Riabhach, ‘grey bog or moor’) was home to Robert Huddleston (1814-87), known as the ‘Bard [...]
Ulster Scots, a linen-weaving dictionary Part of a series on Ulster Scots across LCCC to mark Ulster Scots Language Week, 2020. As Scottish immigrants moved into Ulster throughout the 17th century, they brought ‘distinctive’ Scots speech, spelling, vocabulary and grammar. Over 400 years later, the rich heritage of this marriage is [...]
Castle Gardens Geophysical Survey, November 2020 In early November 2020 archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast conducted a geophysical survey of Castle Gardens, as part of a preliminary survey to ascertain the location of the 17th-century manor house. What is Geophysics? Geophysics is a form of remote sensing. And, according to Historic England: Geophysical survey is [...]
Conservation at Lisburn Museum Behind the scenes in the Museum, staff work to conserve and look after the objects within the collection. In this photograph, a staff member is stitching a damask napkin, woven in the weaving workshop, to a conservation board. This will ensure the napkin remains flat and taut. Do you have [...]
Winter Talks Programme 2020 feat Pearse Lawlor, Chris Magill, Brian Walker, Cormac Moore, Alan Parkinson and Patricia Marsh
Winter Talks Programme 2020 feat Pearse Lawlor, Chris Magill, Brian Walker, Cormac Moore, Alan Parkinson and Patricia Marsh We are pleased to announce our Winter 2020/2021 online talks programme, supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Good Relations Programme. The talks are free and will take place online via Youtube at 7pm (the previously scheduled [...]
Market Square, 1919 David Gould (1871-1952) Born in Scotland, David Gould came to Belfast in 1891 to learn damask designing but qualified as an art teacher after attending the Government School of Art. He lived in Lisburn between 1909 and 1926 and taught at Friends' School, Lisburn for several years. The Museum has a number [...]
Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - Dancing Ghosts Join us for one of our popular Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshops...but at home! Today's craft is making a dancing ghosts toy! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some alternatives you could use if not. Tissue paper - [...]
Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - Paper Plate Pumpkin Today's Halloween craft involves making a paper plate pumpkin decoration! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home, here are some alternatives you could use if not. Paper Plate - Draw around a plate on to card from a cereal [...]
Video: Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshop - The Mummies Cat Join us for one of our popular Flaxie Buds Halloween Workshops...but at home! Today's craft is making The Mummies Cat, and it is inspired by the Egyptian display in Museum! This craft uses some supplies you might already have at home..but if [...]
Historic Photo: Quay Street, c1970s This historic photo of Lisburn was taken at Hancock Street, Co. Down, looking across to Quay Street. Note the distinctive skyline of the cathedral and Assembly Room clocktower. Castle Gardens is overgrown!
Object: Where could you get whiskey on Bridge Street? This tall, wooden Whiskey pipe was donated to the Museum in 2002 via Lisburn Historical Society. It came from Hall's Pub, Bridge Street. The pipe is currently on display on in our 40 years exhibition.
OS, First Edition. Source: PRONI. The modern HillHall Road runs north-west of the tower. How did Hillhall get its name? The townland of Hillhall derives its name from a house and defensive bawn, likely built in c.1637 by Peter Hill (Hill Hall, i.e. Hill's Hall!). Parts of the ruins remain at the site, [...]
What is a motte and bailey? Let's look at Duneight, outside Lisburn.. Copyright, Environment and Heritage Service Situated on the Ravarnet River, this rath was later re-purposed during the 12th-century Anglo-Norman period as a motte and bailey. A motte and bailey is a type of castle situated on a raised earthwork and surrounded [...]
Historic Photo: Bridge Street, Lisburn What a wonderful view of Bridge Street from the Dan McWilliam's collection. Join the conversation on Facebook.
Drumbo Round Tower, from The History of the Town of Belfast with ... a statistical survey of the parish of Belfast, By George Benn, 1823 Drumbo Round Tower A familiar sight for anyone travelling through the village of Drumbo, south-east of Lisburn. Drumbo round tower is located in the grounds of Drumbo Presbyterian [...]
Castle Robin is located on the Mullaghglass Rd, between Lisburn and Stoneyford. Although little remains, the site is fascinating and contains remains of a three-story c.17th-century fortified house, likely built in c.1611 by Sir Robert Norton, and an Anglo-Norman motte & bailey. The site commands an excellent view of the Lagan Valley & the Mournes. [...]
Historic Photo: Island Spinning Mill, 1983 The Island Spinning Mill: a mill opened here in the 1840s, and produced linen thread for over 120 years, only ceasing production in the 1980s. demolished, the sites is now home to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Photograph by John Press.
Castle Gardens Object: Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912) Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912) Vanity Fair Print, 1909 ILC&LM Collection John Murray Scott was an advisor and secretary to Sir Richard and Lady Wallace. Following the death of Lady Wallace in 1897 he inherited her vast wealth and art collection, with the exception of the works [...]
Castle Gardens Object: Dean Stannus (1788-1876) Dean Stannus (1788-1876) Photograph ILC&LM Collection The Very Rev Dean Stannus (1788-1876) acted as Agent for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Marquesses from 1817, and was an immensely powerful figure. He lived in the Marquess’ house on Castle Street. In the early 19th century he replaced the blank [...]
Castle Gardens Object: Sir George Rawdon Sir George Rawdon (1604-84) 1 Baronet Engraving by Robert White ILC&LM Collection George Rawdon was employed by the Conway family as the estate manager and did much to develop Lisnagarvey (later Lisburn). At one time he lived at Lisburn Castle (in today’s Castle Gardens), before moving to Brookhill [...]
Archive: Abbott Bros, Castle Gardens The Abbott brothers, James, Thomas and William, of 15 McKeown Street, photographed at the Crimean cannon in Castle Gardens in 1915. The three brothers were members of the South Antrim UVF who joined the 11th Battalion Royal Irish. William was killed on 1 July 1916 at the Somme.
Archive: Egret Fountain, Castle Gardens How many times have you walked past the Egret Fountain in Castle Gardens? There's evidence of a fountain in the gardens of a similar design from the 1870s!