Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site
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A Collection of Photos/Drawings/Paintings of Houses in Co. Down
On this page:
|Alice McClory's Cottage||Aureen||Castlewellan Castle||Clanvaraghan House|
|Connsbrook House, Holywood||Conlig House||Craigdarragh House, Bangor|
|Crossgar House||Crossgar, Killyleagh Street||Fisherwick House||Gillhall||Henryville|
|Killynether House||.||Little Clandeboye or Conlig House||Loughaghery House|
|Loughriscouse farm house||Magheradrool farmhouse||Maple Cottage, Craigavad||Marlborough House||Mount Panther|
|Mount Potter/ Ballymacarron House||Mountross||Mourne Park House||Portavoe House||Rossconnor House|
|Scadden House||Six Road Ends, Ballygrainey||Tobar Mhuire||.||Woburn House|
Also available on other pages:
|Ballee House||Finnebrogue||Loyola House||Castleward|
|Scarvagh House||Tollymore House||.|
|Typical interior of the main room in an Irish stone cottage, even up to 1960s.|
|References; FTM Jan 2009 p36|
Alice ran away to marry Hugh Bronte in 1775. Her son, Patrick Bronte became Church of Ireland minister in Drumballyroney and taught school there. He was the father of the famous Bronte sisters.
There was a cobbled pavement outside Aureen. It depicted a hunting scene.The hound was restored after some workmen dug up the cobbles then discarded them in the 1970s.
This photo was kindly sent by Sandra Gilpin
|References; TOOC p75|
Former home of Earl Annesley whose family arrived in Co. Down in 1626. This estate was bought by Hon. William Annesley in 1741.
This photo was kindly sent by Brian McCleary.
|References; DCPH p 45; NWAG p 5; LR 2006 p10|
This was the residence of Dominck McCartan then Dr. Hugh McMullan. Father McMullan was born here c. 1800. The Murray family lived here c. 1890-1980 & Rev Fr. H. Skiffington boarded here 1891-1892. The house was sold to Cottage Industries c. 1980 and is now used as a Bed & Breakfast by Seconnell Inn.
|References; old b/w map J 12; O'L V1 p 78 & B p 569; PE; HCDTD p128|
between Parkgate Ave and Connsbrook Ave, Holywood
This house was built early 19th century .
|References; OS map 1902 4.08; Brian Galbraith- Robertson (Tamworth , NSW, Australia)|
Craigdarragh House, Craigdarragh Rd, Helen's Bay, Bangor
Described as a house built of stone and stucco house in Italianate
palazzo style & farm of 31 acres in Ballyrobert townland in 1863.
The house was built for Francis Gordon c.1850 whose monogram can still
be seen in the Dining Room plaster work. It is reported that Gordon
ran out of funds during construction & never occupied the house
& it was tenanted for many years. It was the residence of Robert
F. Gordon in 1852 & John Downie in 1855 & leased by George Hamilton
in 1863 from Robert Francis Gordon. He was succeeded by Joseph Jaffe
in 1864 and then John Patterson in 1874. Earl Dufferin reoccupied the
house until 1879 when the house and demesne were advertised to
be let unfurnished at £325 per annum with applications directed
to the Dufferin Estate Office, Clandeboye.
Approached by a sweeping, private driveway 'guarded' by a Gate Lodge
at its entrance, the house is today surrounded by c.26 acres of lawns,
pasture and woodland with over 200 trees of various varieties. There
is also a glen with a stream and waterfall. The demesne has considerable
frontage to a sandy cove and enjoys views over Belfast Lough.
The house & grounds were for sale in Feb 2012 for £2,000,000 and it is hoped that the new owner will restore it and not knock it down for development.
|These lovely old photos was kindly sent by Owen McCaughan & Jane Bedcock & shows the hunt starting in 1927 (top) & a grand wedding 1901 where Thomas Andrews, of Titanic fame , was a guest. To see more pictures of Craigdarragh House and Grounds then please follow this link http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=craigdarragh+house&f=hp|
IIW; GV; RWN appendix;
Village of Crossgar, Killyleagh
Alexander was born 10 Feb 1876 in Downpatrick, son of Thomas Campbell & Margaret Ann Brown. He married Hannah Quinn Calvert from Killinchy in 1899 in Raffrey Presbyterian Church. He was the father of Mary Ellen b. 31 Oct 1889 (married Hugh James Adams, d. 19 Jan 1991) & Thomas b. 1902 (married Oilene Balmet(?) c. 1928; died 1982/3) & Alexander b. 1904/5 (married Emily Cathcart c. 1934) & Mary Ellen (married Hugh James Adams in 1922). He was a staff sergeant in Crossgar Boys' Brigade c. 1920s & died 1965
|This lovely old photo c. 1960s of her great grandparents was kindly sent by Heather Crowther|
Comprises a house, yard & garden in Armitage Place , Shore Rd, Newcastle, overlooking the harbour. It was the residence of Rev. Samuel Smith in 1860 & leased by William Henry Martin in 1863 from Earl Annesley. Residence of R. Hill in 1910.
Today the house is divded into apartments.
This photo was kindly sent by Maud Hamill
References; NWAG p22, 59 ; GV; POD
This house was built in the 1670s by John Magill and was principal
residence of the Magill family who owned Gilford town & started
the milling of corn in 1691. visted by the bard, Turlough O'Carolan
of Co. Meath in 1709 who composed a song 'The Pride of Gillhall'.
|References; V12 p 72, 76 OSM; ILR 2016 p17; rish /News 8/9/1946; BIH p Y; PNNI V6 p 119, 146, 350; LOI; ODHD p23; DDLHGJ Vol 1 (photo before fire)|
It was the residence of Robert Grogan , a gentleman and linen merchant in Belfast c. 1800 & William Morrow in 1870s and Nat Watson in 1902. It was torn down about 1905 as urban Belfast was spreading east across the Lagan. A railway halt was built near here c. 1890.
|References;V7 p 98 OSM; old b/w map R6; TMUOP p127, 154; POD ; O S map 1902 4.11|
The house was built in 1858 in 25 acres . It was held in fee by Thomas McIlwrath/ McLeroth Esq. in 1842 & 1863 & the residence of Andrew Cowan (local magistrate) in 1870 & James Brownlow in 1886 (another local magistrate & land agent for Lord Londonderry) . In 1907 the owner was Arthur James Weir & in 1937 was Jessie Helen Weir .She donated her property that year, including 42 acres of mixed woodland and an endowment of £2,000, to the National Trust. It was then used by the Youth Hostels Association. During the 2nd World War it was requisition by the British Army. Dry rot meant the house was demolished in 1966.
This lovely old postcard & information was kindly sent by Timothy Ferres.
|References; GV; old b/w map S8;BN; POD ;PRONI wills|
Little Clandeboye or Conlig House, Bangor parish
Large house in Conlig townland with gate lodge .Residence of William Pirrie in 1852; unoccupied in 1863 but owned by Lord Dufferin & Clandeboye.Residence of James Barratt in 1902.
This photo was kindly sent to me by Sandra Gilpin.
|References; GV; POD; ACOC p13|
Built in the Georgian style it was home to the Magill family for three generations.
Jeanie, wife of Daniel Magenis Magill died at Loughaghry House on 15 Jul 1854.
Residence of John & Rachel Eliza Mateer 1907 & 1914
|This photo was kindly sent by Carol Ingram. MIs|
old farmhouse in
This cottage is typical of the type of housing common in rural Co. Down in 18th & 19th century. Whitewashed plaster covering stone walls with a slate roof. Many were pebble dashed in the 1950s but this one is unaltered. A rare example.
It belonged to Joseph Anderson and is where his two unmarried daughters , Gertie and Jeannie spent all their lives, with a cow and a few chickens. It's now in use as a toolshed, but beautifully kept up.
This photo was kindly sent by Patrick Thompson.
Farm house in Magheradrool townland, near Ballynahinch
This farmhouse beside the road in Magheradrool townland just along the road from the old Magheradrool graveyard, was owned by Stephen Flynn c. 1940.
Stephen was the son of Hugh Flynn (b. 1876) from Ballylone and Rosina Heaney . Hugh was the twin son of James Flinn (b. 1843) and Mary Magee . James' father William Flinn also farmed here. William's widow, Sarah is listed in the Griffiths Valuations of 1863 as leasing a house, offices & 31 acres from Arthur H. Montgomery.
James Flinn is Ray's great grandfather.
|References; GV; 1901 Census|
This photo was taken c. 1900.
|Could the person who kindly sent this photo please email me.|
This house was built c. 1750 by Mr Thomas Nevin's son William, then owned by Edward Southwell (Lord de Clifford) in 1777. It leased then bought by James Crawford in 1799 then bought by Richard Stitt in 1816 for £1500. It was the home of the James Stitt in 1840s (son of Richard Stitt of Ballee House). The Stitt family remained here until 1900. It was residence of John Tate J.P. in 1900.
This photo was kindly sent by Warren Martin.
|References; SHM '98 p 42(map); LM 1985 p4,5,6; POD; LM 1992 p41 (map); LR 2007 p83|
Mount Panther in Kilmegan parish
House & estate of 245 acres built mid 1700s. It is situated on the Clough to Dundrum road. Supposedly named after an ancient 'cat' legend. Residence of Dean & Mrs. Patrick Delaney in 1744. It was the residence of Major William Henry Rainey before his death in 1830. In 1836, Mount Panther house & demesne was the residence of Mr John Allen Esq. It was described as a remarkably fine house, situated on rising ground and seen to perfection from the Clough road. The grounds were neatly planted.Residence of John R.Allen in 1852 & 1863 & of George Allen Esq. in 1886 & 1910. Used by American troops during 2nd World War.
The building was badly burnt and is today in
ruins. Local legend says that it had 365 windows. The demesne is still
extensive and productive. In 2008 the house & estate went up for
sale by current owner Richard Fitzpatrick for £8 million .
Newspaper articles from Mourne Observer;
Check out http://lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/2008/04/brief-history-of-mount-panther-county.html
|References; MIs;V3 p58 & V7 p18 OSM: DR; old b/map K13;POD; O'L V1 p 349;GV; POD; MO 11/6/ 2014 p45; WDG p81, 121 (photo); LM 1995 p6 (photo)|
Mount Potter / Ballymacarron House
Residence of James Potter in 1770s. Later became known as Ballymacarron House .
This photo was kindly sent by Keith Potter . If you have any information about this house, Keith and I would be very pleased to hear from you.
It's on the site of an ancient cemetery
This photo was kindly sent by Keith Hazzard.
|References; PE; V17 p 126 OSM; O'L V1 p 405; PNNI V2 p 52|
Mourne Park House, Kilkeel
see http://stuartblakley.blogspot.com/2010/10/mourne-park.html for a detailed personal view of the house
|References; HOTC p107; PE; CM ; POD;DR; PNNI V3 p 28;GV; MO 22/5/2013 p1 (photo) ; OKA p22,23,24 ,36 (photos)|
Originally a prime Plantation Estate owned by James Hamilton ( Viscount Claneboy) in early 17th century. Mr Ker from London bought the estate for £23,000 and his son David took over in 1779. It was still the residence of David Ker Esq. large landowner in 1836. It was described in 1836 as a handsome house built of brick & surrounded with a forest.
Newspaper Article from Down Recorder;
|References;V7 p 22 OSM; DR: BM ; MO17/12/03|
The Brown family lived here from 1800-1900. It was the residence of Captain Brown in 1836 & James Brown Esq. before 1854. It was described as a very plain, substantial building with a small woodland. In 1863 this estate comprised a house & farm of 112 acres with corn & flax mill. It was leased by Arthur Browne in 1863 from William B. Forde.
It is now in the village of Annacloy on the Downpatrick to Ballynahinch
Road and is in a delelict state and on the 'at risk' list of houses
with Ulster Architectural Heritage Society in 2005.
This photo was kindly sent by Roy Creighton
|References; V17 p 88 OSM; old b/w map O11; GV; LR 2005 p 76 ; DR 25/2/2009 p33|
Newspaper article from Down Recorder;
This photo was kindly sent by Sandra Abrahms
|References;old b/w map Q14; DR|
Six Roads Ends, Ballygrainey
Crossroads in Ballygrainey townland, 3km SE of Bangor town, Site of Matt McClenaghan's blacksmith's shop, which was the centrepoint of the 1798 Rebellion.
This shows a good example of whitewashed cottages in a cluster group. (clachan)
This lovely old postcard was kindly sent by Dianne Poore
|References; BGHD p 1|
Tobar Mhuire/ Crossgar House
Originally built on the site of an ancient chapel. Formerly called Crossgar House. William Thompson bought the house c. 1790 from E.S. Ruthven for £20,000. It was the residence of Mrs. Hamilton in 1836 & was described as a fine house almost surrounded by trees. After it was burnt down, it was rebuilt by James Cleland J.P. in 1860 (whose death notice was 16 Oct 1875) and the residence of James Cleland in 1886. It became home to British & American troops in 2nd World War then became a Passionist Monastery in 1950 . For sale 27 Aug 2008
|References; KCB p 24; V 17 p88, 89 OSM; POD ; LM 1983 p50; V17 p 88, 89 OSM; O'L V1 p 330; LR 2005 p73; MO 27/8/2008 p44|
Comprises a large house & farm of 131 acres (in 1863) in Drumfad
townland. near Drumfad Bay; 1km S of Millisle. It was the residence
of John Gilmore Dunbar Esq. in 1824 (his summer house) then held in
fee by George Dunbar in 1863 & the Dunbar family in 1890 & Charles
W. Dunbar-Buller in 1893 & 1910 & Reynell Pack- Beresford in
This lovely old postcard c. 1920 was kindly sent by Leslie Drew whose grandmother , Louisa Alice Farrar (born Co. Westmeath in 1905) , worked there .
|References; old b/w map W9; GV; POD;BWN; NDM p49,58; POD|
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