Guards at Hillsborough Castle? Actually the Fort Warders or Castlemen at Hillsborough Courthouse...

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When: 01 January 1900

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Hope you're all not too exhausted by yesterday's debate on uniforms? These uniforms, in comparison, look quite antiquated. You can almost imagine that they're in a Revolutionary War re-enactment.

Date: Circa 1900??

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_08060

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 16/Jul/2013 08:27:37

    Afraid we can't get the streetviewmobile in there. Here's the satellite: maps.google.ie/?ll=54.460797,-6.081319&spn=0.001084,0...

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    derangedlemur

    • 16/Jul/2013 08:30:02

    Are you sure it's the castle, btw? It looks more like the courthouse.

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    derangedlemur

    • 16/Jul/2013 08:32:23

    Anyway, the important thing is that The Cheshire Cat is still in business: maps.google.ie/?ll=54.461454,-6.084167&spn=0.000976,0...

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    derangedlemur

    • 16/Jul/2013 09:43:58

    They have a website! www.hillsborougholdguard.co.uk/diamond-jubilee

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    derangedlemur

    • 16/Jul/2013 09:46:19

    Here's a couple of our lads: www.hillsborougholdguard.co.uk/fort-warders/Fort%20Warder... The guy on the right is second from the right above.

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    derangedlemur

    • 16/Jul/2013 09:47:42

    350 years of guarding last year: www.lisburncity.gov.uk/news-and-events/press-releases/?id... Some of them look it alright.

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 16/Jul/2013 13:00:36

    They remind me of the uniforms of the Guards at the White House during Richard Nixon's time!

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    Cuddly Nutter

    • 16/Jul/2013 14:21:52

    Definitely the court house.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Jul/2013 14:28:31

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I think you're right! Windows and arches, etc. look more like Hillsborough Courthouse. And thanks for all of the links - they really help to flesh out this photograph. We now know these gentlemen were The Fort Warders or Castlemen aka Hillsborough Old Guard.Their motto was Semper Floreat. This, from the Fort Warders website, gives a great idea of how vibrant these uniforms must have been:

    The Warders or "Castlemen" were paid to protect the Fort which commanded a very strategic position on the road from Carrickfergus to Dublin.The Fort was further improved by the 1st Marquis of Downshire in the mid 18th century. By the end of the nineteenth century, with the Warders role being mainly ceremonial, the Government no longer wished to pay for maintaining them and an arrangement was made to retain only the Bugler when the remaining Warders passed on. Their uniform, it is said hadn't changed since 1688.They were clothed in blue tunics, turned up with red and trimmed with white lace, white breeches and leggings with a large cocked hat and a red feathered plume. Their arms consisted of a musket, bayonet & sword. The last of the original remaining Warders died in 1954 with only the Bugler now remaining for ceremonial duties.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Jul/2013 15:14:28

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanekillen] Thanks for confirmation!

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    DannyM8

    • 16/Jul/2013 15:51:13

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Good Job.

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    derangedlemur

    • 16/Jul/2013 16:02:35

    If you need further local colour, I can advise you that the slopes of the embankments inside the fort are probably the finest slopes on the island for rolling down. (At least they were before I grew shoulders - now I just roll in a circle, like a guillemot's egg)

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 17/Jul/2013 00:26:42

    Looks like 8 or 9 Napoleon's.

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    excellentzebu1050

    • 22/Jul/2013 20:06:44

    well done great Picture Compliments