Tom describes these pictures in his own words:-
"Mr Ferguson and two unknown trainee teachers complete the line-up.
The photo above suggests that not all reds are equal.
PS That's me, Tom, in the top left corner!
First published in 2009.
The first settler of the Cootes in Ireland, descended from a very ancient English family, was Sir Charles Coote, 1st Baronet, Knight, who served in the wars against O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, at the head, as captain, of 100 foot-soldiers, with which he was at the siege of Kinsale.Sir Charles was appointed, by JAMES I, provost-marshal of the province of Connaught for life.
The surprising passage through Mountrath woods justly caused the title of Mountrath to be conferred upon his son; and the Coote Baronetcy, of Castle Cuffe, Queen's County, one of the oldest creations (1621) in the Baronetage.Sir Charles Coote, 1st Baronet, Provost-Marshal and Vice-President of the Province of Connaught, greatly distinguished himself at the relief of Birr, 1642.
The two Gunning sisters (one of whom was later to become Duchess of Hamilton and then Duchess of Argyll) were renowned for their beauty. Their portraits, painted by Joshua Reynolds, can be viewed in the main hall.
The house was a cavernous ruin, with no floors, no ceilings, no stairs, no windows and crumbling interior walls. The entire basement was submerged beneath the earth and the main entrance steps had collapsed.
First published in October, 2012.The restoration work took five years to complete, and included underpinning the foundations, consolidating the castle towers, rebuilding the mill race walls, landscaping the grounds and restoring the ceilings and ballroom to their former splendour.
Mr Robinson was a stockbroker, and initially settled on the Antrim Road, Belfast. He conducted his business at 67 High Street. His commercial prowess and acumen were such, that he purchased land at Craigavad, County Down.
Ardtullagh, Knocknagoney, near Holywood, was the previous episcopal palace, but this property was acquired in 1886 by the War Department (Ministry of Defence) for use as a military barracks. The barracks is still in use today by the Army and is known as Palace Barracks.The Rt Rev Thomas James Welland was the first prelate to live at Culloden, in 1898.
purchasing land from Lord Donegall, where he operated a farm and built houses.He died in 1723, leaving, with other sons,
WILLIAM, his heir;The son and heir,
Elinor, m Hill Wallace;
Marcella, m Anthony Semple.
WILLIAM WALLACE, his heir;Mr Wallace-Legge died in 1868, and was succeeded by his son and heir,
Florence Wallace, m 1861, to 6th Viscount Harberton.
Harberton Avenue, Drive and Park, Belfast, are all named after Lord and Lady Harberton, who owned the land.
Matthew, died unmarried;The eldest surviving son,
JOHN, of whom hereafter;
Hill, died unmarried;
Jane, died unmarried.
JOHN, his heir;Mr Charley was succeeded by his eldest son,
MATTHEW, succeeded his brother;
William;Edward;Hill;Annabella; Eliza Jane.
JOHN STOUPPE, his heir;Mr Charley was succeeded by his eldest son,
William Thomas (Sir);
Cecilia Anna; Suzanne Caroline; Letitia.
John Francis Ralph (1853-55);
John Francis William (1857-99), k/a;
Walter Roberts Matthew, emigrated to Canada;
Ralph Mansfield, died in infancy;
Mary Grace Leader; Constance Stewart; Charlotte Elizabeth Forster.
...an imposing mansion in a large park with extensive outhouses and stables.The Charley family's armorial bearings were on the outside gables and on a landing half-way up the wide, oak banister stairs.
The Brewises bred corgi dogs: They named one of their corgis “The Queen Mother”. The first corgi owned by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was bred in this house.In 1930, Major and Mrs Tyler were the owners of Finaghy House; and in 1960, the house was acquired by the trustees and converted into a residential home to accommodate twenty-four residents.
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