Places

The culture and history of Ulster-Scots  surrounds us. Here are a few of the places in Ulster with special significance.

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The first castle at Glenarm is recorded in a 1270 Inquisition, where it is shown as being let to John or Robert Bisset by the Bishop of Down and Connor.

Tully Castle

Fermanagh

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In 1641 the Castle was attacked and burned on Christmas Eve by Rory Maguire and the inhabitants massacred.

St Columb’s Cathedral

Londonderry

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It was first damaged by an accidental explosion on 24 April 1568, the church having been appropriated for the storage of gunpowder.

Newtownstewart Castle

Tyrone

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In 1629 the castle was sold to Sir William Stewart, of Newtown Stewart in Galloway, Scotland, who renamed the town and castle after his family and birthplace.

Killyleagh Castle

Down

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Today Killyleagh Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland, with the main part of the castle being home to Gawn Hamilton and his family.

Siege Museum, Londonderry

Londonderry

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The first Apprentice Boys Club was formed on 1st August 1714 by Colonel John Mitchelburne, Governor of the City towards the end of the Siege.

The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn

Down

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It was here that C.S Lewis and his literary friends met on social occasions.

Raphoe Cathedral

Donegal

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Raphoe Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Eunan (Adomnán of Iona) (627/8 – 704) who was abbot of Iona (679–704).

Raphoe Castle

Donegal

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Raphoe Castle is also known as the 'Bishops Palace'

Carnfunnock Country Park

Antrim

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Carnfunnock was officially opened as a country park by HRH the Duchess of Kent in July 1990.

Grace Neill’s

Down

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Grace Neills originally started as the King's Arms, but was renamed in 1866.

Greencastle, County Down

Down

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The castle was attacked and taken by Edward Bruce, the brother of Robert, in 1316

Discover Ulster-Scots Centre

Belfast

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Did you know that the great Ulster-Scot exodus to the New World began in earnest when the Friends’ Goodwill sailed from Larne, County Antrim, for Boston, Massachusetts, in April 1717.

Dunluce Castle

Antrim

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The castle was originally built in 1500 by the McQuillans, who came from Scotland in the 1200s as hired mercenaries, and built the castle around 200 years later.

Ballygally Castle

Antrim

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By the 1830s the castle was being used as the dwelling of the principal officer of the local Coastguard

Grey Abbey

Down

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The micro climate provided by Strangford Lough means that a widespread variety of trees, shrubs and plants flourish in the gardens of Grey Abbey House.

Andrew Jackson Cottage

Antrim

1750s

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The centre has an impressive exhibition on the life and career of Andrew Jackson (1767- 1845) 7th President of the United States of America whose parents emigrated from here in 1765.

Arthur Cottage

Antrim

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This cottage was the ancestral home of Chester A. Arthur, twenty-first president of the United States.

Bushmills Distillery

Antrim

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Bushmills is the oldest working distillery in Ireland.

Carrickfergus Castle

Antrim

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Over the centuries, Carrickfergus Castle was used to hold prisoners, and was besieged numerous times

Castle Balfour

Fermanagh

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Castle Balfour continued in occupation until the early 19th century.

First Derry Presbyterian

Londonderry

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Adjoining the Church is the refurbished Blue Coat School, now home to The Blue Coat School Visitor Centre.

Harbour Office

Belfast

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Around 80% of Northern Ireland’s oil and petroleum imports come though Belfast Harbour.

Linenhall Library

Belfast

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The Library’s oldest book is De Anima (1490) written by the Eastern physician, Avicenna, about health and well being.

Monea Castle

Fermanagh

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Monea Castle is one of the largest and best preserved of the plantation castles.

Monreagh

Donegal

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Monreagh is home to one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Ireland.

Mossley Mill

Antrim

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The digital film archive in the mill contains over 70 hours of moving images from Northern Ireland from 1897 to 2000.

Patterson’s Spade Mill

Antrim

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Patterson's Spade Mill is the only surviving water-driven spade mill in Ireland.

Sentry Hill

Antrim

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Sentry Hill house and farm remained in family ownership until 1996 with the death of Dr Joe Dundee, grandson of William Fee McKinney who had built the impressive residence in the 1780s.

SS Nomadic

Belfast

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SS Nomadic departed Belfast along with her smaller sistership "Traffic" , Nomadic was built to carry the first and second class passengers and Traffic was built to carry the third class (steerage) and the mail.

St Anne’s Cathedral

Belfast

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Edward Carson is the only person to be buried in St Anne's Cathedral.

Ulster American Folk Park

Tyrone

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Ships bringing passengers from Ireland to America during the Great Famine of 1845-1852 were nicknamed coffin ships because so many people died on the long journey.

Wilson House

Tyrone

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President Woodrow Wilson's ancestors hailed from Ulster.

Grant Homestead

Tyrone

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This farm cottage was the home of the ancestors of Ulysses S. Grant.