Monday, 1 June 2015

Richmond Lodge

Richmond ca 1832, by E K Proctor

RICHMOND LODGE, Knocknagoney, County Down, was a large, two-storey, late Georgian residence.

It had octagonal bays at either end and a central porch.

The house stood in its own grounds comprising 24 acres, close to the location of the present Knocknagoney housing estate.

It was said to have been built ca 1798. 

The first known occupant of Richmond Lodge was Francis Turnly (1765-1845), son of Francis Turnly JP, of Downpatrick, County Down, who had leased it or the land from David McCance about 1800.

Turnly lived at Richmond Lodge in 1824.

The family also owned Rockport House.

Photo credit: Rev McConnell Auld

When Turnly's widow, Dorothea, died in 1846, Richmond passed to John Dunville (1786-1851), the well-known distiller.

The Lodge remained with the Dunvilles until 1874, when John Dunville's son William died and it was sold to James Kennedy.

Kennedy began a number of improvements, including a new avenue approach about 100 yards south of the original main entrance.

By 1902, Richmond Lodge had become the home of the Rt Hon William Henry Holmes Lyons JP DL (1843-1924).

Fist published in June, 2013.

1 comment :

joanne sunbeam said...

James Kennedy (born 1819 to James Kennedy and ? Coates), married Amelia Charlotte McCance nee Sinclaire in Dublin in 1868. Her father was William Sinclaire Esq of Hoboken, New Jersey USA. They had no children. From his will in 1897 at PRONI he was related to the Ballyrainey and Ballymaglaff County Down, Kennedy Families.