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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
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
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
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
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
It is easy to imagine horse drawn carriages trundling along the long driveway
150 years ago.