All Around Lambeg

ISBN: 9781906578152
Publisher: Colourpoint Books
Dimensions: 220x270mm portrait
Cover: Hardback
Illustration: 200 b/w and colour
Pages: 248

All Around Lambeg

Historical Walks
By Fredrick Gilbert Watson


RRP: £25.00


Although the Civil Parish of Lambeg comprises only five townlands, it contained one of the greatest concentrations of linen manufacture in the world. This book gives a detailed history of the Lambeg area and of the Barbours, Richardsons and other families who lived within it. The story is told within the context of twelve descriptive walks round the area as it is today, but can be enjoyed as an authoritative history, even if you don’t feel like a walk.


  • Lambeg
  • Ballyskeagh
  • Tullynacross
  • Seymour Hill
  • Conway
  • Harmony Hill
  • Belsize
  • Belfast Road
  • Hilden
  • Queensway

Additional Information

The aspects of local history uncovered and presented to the reader are wide-ranging and varied. You might expect Lambeg drums and William III to be given a mention, (and they are) – but an Egyptian mummy case and a totem pole?

Ulster Day provides a link to Jonathan Swift. We meet James McKowen, the little known ‘Bard of Lambeg’ whilst Tullynacross schoolhouse opens a window on Reading and Recreation Rooms. Harold Barbour introduces the co-operative movement: we connect Glenmore House with the Battle of Vinegar Hill: beside Hilden Mill we meet William McIlroy, a papal knight. Local figures connect with the Boer War and the two world wars and a local medical practitioner provides a lurid account of Lisburn Infirmary in the 1800s.

This is all part of the rich tapestry of local history, which is uncovered in the pages of this book. This is local history designed to hold your interest and intended as a good read.

About the author

Fredrick Gilbert Watson, born in Belfast, had family ties with Lambeg and has lived in the area for the past four decades. He is married with four sons and four granddaughters. Since taking retirement he has pursued his interests in family and local history. The book is presented as an invitation to share the author’s interest in the rich tapestry that is the local history of an intriguing part of the Lagan valley.

F G Watson was a prizewinner in an Ulster Tatler short story competition judged by the late Sam Hanna Bell. The story entitled The Meeting was published in 1979. He has contributed articles to the journals of the Dromore and District Local Historical Group: The Racecourse (1991); The Colville Family in Dromore in the Eighteenth Century (1992); Alexander Colville Welsh (1993), Hugh Frazer, (1813-1861) Landscape and Portrait Painter (1994); The Plight of the Cotton Weavers at Lisburn, Maze and Broomhedge (1996).

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