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        The Old Rectory at Redford


      

An interesting footnote to the images

        above; A Rectory features in both of Hazel McIntyre's novels!


    


The townland of Redford is where Hazel McIntyre spent

        her growing years and is the inspiration

for

        much of her writings. The cliffs above Redford port is a magical place

        that can set the imagination on fire. The McIntyre children and their

        school pals played around the ruins of the old rectory, with its grey

        stone walls and the old walled garden overlooking the brown hills and

        rocky shore.

Redford

        Rectory was built around 1734 and served as a rectory until 1870. Rectors

        included: William Elwood; William Chichester; Edward Chichester; Richard

        Hamilton and Richard Homan. The setting is surely one of the most romantic

        and beautiful places in all of Inishowen.


      

 An echo of another time at Redford Rectory can be glimpsed in an extract

        from George Young's diary of 1840, (extract taken from Three Hundred

        Years Of Inishowen). When John Laurence, future Viceroy of India,

        married Harriet Hamilton, daughter of Rev. Hamilton of

Redford.

        


        


        Aug. 26th Weather showery. 3 Galweys came to breakfast. Mrs. Staples and

        4 daughters,and shortly afterwards 2 Miss Crookshanks, Mrs. Lyle, Mr.

        And Mrs. Goring, including 4 from Carthage, all attended the wedding and

        stopped here for a while on their return to Redford. I had my carriage

        and 4 for the bride and groom. Several of the party dined in Mr. Lyle's

        tent at Redford, and

we

        had dancing afterwards. In the evening we all went to Malin to tea, and

        danced again after tea. 27th We all dined at Redford again, in the tent.

        Jno.Harvey, Mr. Hawkshaw, Uncle John 2 girls. Wilcocks, Dr. Layard, E.

        Harvey and Mr. McHenry, and 2 Miss Crookshanks, and we had a ball and

        supper…


        


        It is easy to imagine horse drawn carriages trundling along the long driveway

        150 years ago.