An ivy-covered Ivory Tower – The Abbey? in Enniskillen

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The Abbey, Enniskillen looks to be an idyllic home with it's castellated tower and ivy covered walls. A place of safety with well lit rooms, bookcases, antique furniture and elegant people enjoying music, art and good conversation - but enough about my place:-) What can we find out about The Abbey and why did it get that name?

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Not so much on the origins of the name, but we did find out this was Lisgoole Abbey – thanks Sharon Corbet). And thank you too for dating help (not of the Tinder variety!), beachcomber australia as the battlements were bothering me. These weren't added to the front of the house until 1910, “making it even prettier”! And have a read down through Niall McAuley’s family reconstructions, from mid-19th century on...

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865-1914 1909

NLI Ref: L_CAB_05585

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    sharon.corbet

    • 15/Mar/2021 08:59:10

    It's Lisgoole Abbey (according to Lord Belmont in Northern Ireland.)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Mar/2021 09:17:49

    Not 100% sure this is the same place. In the 1870s via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14783757585/] Online book - archive.org/details/livesofirishsai01ohan/page/434/mode/1...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Mar/2021 09:22:23

    Is the flower bed on the right young roses? From His Lordship's blurb - "A maintained ornamental garden at the house has a rose-garden, originally developed in 1905 and replanted with 400 new roses in 1982; and a pergola. ..."

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 09:26:12

    On Youtube, the Bard of Lisgoole by Joan Trimble.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Mar/2021 09:26:21

    Anyway, before 1910 - "The interior is a surprise, for the house was decorated about 1910 by Waring & Gillow, who provided elaborate plasterwork, a curving main stair, and an Elizabethan-style fireplace. at the same time battlements to match the tower were added across the front of the house, making it even prettier."

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 09:30:21

    Only two households in Lisgoole in the 1901 census.

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    cargeofg

    • 15/Mar/2021 09:46:32

    In the Wiki entry you will see the Belfast connection of John Waring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waring_%26_Gillow

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 15/Mar/2021 10:15:52

    Sad short story by Cahir Healy, 'In an Old Boreen' - mentions Lisgoole and Mr Johnston. There is an illegible version in Trove from 1915; this version is 1919 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/69774520?searchTerm=li... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cahir_Healy

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    suckindeesel

    • 15/Mar/2021 11:02:45

    Founded 1106 19th–20th century In 1819, John Armstrong, a lieutenant in the Fermanagh Regiment of Militia, sold the abbey to Michael Jones of Cherrymount, Donegal (also stated to be of Camlin), for £12,300. In 1892, his wife, Mrs. Isabella Diana Jones, bequeathed the abbey to local charities including the Fermanagh Protestant Orphan Society.3 It was later purchased by Mr. Robert Johnston of Stuttgart and New York, who died in 1913. It then passed to his nephew Robert William Johnston. At this time only a remnant of the abbey remaining was incorporated into the house.39 During the Second World War, American army divisions used this area as a base. These units included the 109th Medical Battalion (34th Infantry Division) in 1942 and the 8th Medical Battalion (minus Companies A and B) (8th Infantry Division) from 16 December 1943 to 1944.10 Per Wiki

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 11:16:43

    The two Robert Johnstons, uncle and nephew, are in residence in the 1911 census, from which we can say that in 1901 it was occupied by Charles ERA Irvine, a solicitor, and his family. From the 1911 census, the ERA stands for Edward Robert Alexander.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 11:27:32

    Florence Irvine died in 1908, might be related to the change of occupant? No, in the Lennon Wylie Ulster Directories, I see Irvine moved between 1901 (Lisgoole Abbey, Enniskillen) and 1907 (Drumgoon, Maguiresbridge), and while Florence's death record is from the Adelaide in Dublin, I see she gave Drumgoon as her home address.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 11:52:56

    1852: Jones, William, Lisgoole Abbey 1861: Jones, W. C., Lisgoole Abbey, Enniskillen. 1877: Jones, Obins, Lisgoole Abbey 1880: Jones, A., attorney, Lisgoole

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 12:00:16

    Isabella Diana Jones, widow, died aged 81 in April 1892, address Lisgoole Abbey.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 12:19:33

    Son John Samuel Irvine was born in Glasthule in 1893, his father gave a vague Enniskillen as his address. Likewise son (Charles) Gerard Samuels in 1891 at Beaufort Glasthule, fathers adress Enniskillen.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 12:33:20

    In their marriage record of 1891, Florence Samuels gives Beaufort, Glasthule as address. Charles gives Willoughby House, Enniskillen. So I think Florence lived at home in Dun Leary for a few years after they married, until Charles bought the Abbey after Isabella Jones died. Her father John Hasler Samuels lived at Beaufort until he died in 1900.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2021 12:40:55

    So for the possible range of dates, 1865-1910 (parapet), the Jones lived here until 1892, then the Irvines until 1901-05 somewhere, then the Johnstons.