Location: Belfast, Co. Antrim, United Kingdom

I was educated in Dublin, was a National School-Teacher in Monaghan, teaching through the medium of Irish, played Rugby for Dungannon, joined the Royal Air Force where I was responsible, as part of a Team, for introducing Automatic Data Processing (via Computers) in 1964 -66 Played Rugby for Bedford, Scunthorpe, Hull & later Dungannon again. Set up SEC a Weighing / Labelling Solutions Company in 1970. Now semi-retired I spend lots of time on Family History, specialising in North Monaghan Genealogy.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Henry Francis Lyte wrote "Abide with me"

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3:24 PM  
Blogger Jack Storey said...

Yes, Henry Francis Lyte married Anne Maxwell, last surviving Maxwell of that famous family of Faulkland Castle, near Monaghan Town - yet, even though he lived there nobody seems to know about him. This old Castle - Faulkland - is still there (in ruins) yet nobody recognises this world-famous Hymnwriter as being of Monaghan stock.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Jack Storey said...

The Liptons of Shannock Green, in Clones Parish, are the same family as those of Lipton's Tea & Lipton's Supermarket fame - many foreign visitors know & recognise this fact but local recognition is still missing. County Monaghan, not a Tourist hotspot, needs to highlight the birthplaces etc of these famous people.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Jack Storey said...

Oscar Wilde's two half-sisters are buried at Drumsnat Church of Ireland graveyard. After many years of lobbying the local Council they eventually erected a few road-signs to indicate the grave of these two famous relatives of Oscar Wilde. The two girls were attending a private party at a local manor house when one stood too near the fire. Her crinoline dress caught fire and in attempting to extinguish it the dress of her sister also caught fire. Despite all efforts both girls died.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Jack Storey said...

Donagh Old Graveyard contains the remains of many famous people. The Battle of Drumbanagher in 1689 resulted in the deaths of both leaders - Major McKenna & Major Anketell. Second-in-command to Major Anketell was Baptist Johnston, who died in 1710 & he is buried near Major McKenna. It seems that in the 1600s & 1700s the chivalry of opposing soldiers was at a very high level.

4:35 PM  
Blogger HolidaysForFun said...

Went to monaghan for a vacation once

4:33 AM  

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