Alexander, ancestor of the Leslies of Balquhain;
WILLIAM, of whom presently;
ALEXANDER, of whom presently;
Patrick, of Loch Tulloch, Aberdeenshire;
GEORGE, of whom presently;
John, of Durno;
PATRICK (Sir), of whom presently;
Isabella; Margaret; Elizabeth.
George, of Kincraigie;
JOHN, of whom we treat.
PATRICK, of whom presently;
William, settled & died in America;
John (Rev), of Kincraigy, died unmarried;
Robert Grove, died unmarried;
JANE, of whom presently.
FRANCIS CHARLES, of whom presently;
William Philip, died in infancy;
William, JP, of Brook Cottage, Newcastle;
John, JP, of Leslie Hill, Co Donegal;
Philip Grove, died in New Zealand;
James Annesley (Rev), Rector of Drumballyroney;
JOHN, his successor;
Francis Robert Leslie, b 1889;
John Leslie, b 1890;
Norman Charles Leslie, b 1891;
William Barclay Leslie, b 1893;
Doris May Leslie.
|Photo credit: David Byers|
This house, situated picturesquely beside a lake, was originally the residence of William Beers.
Ballyward comprises two storeys, the upper storey being partly in the attic; dormer gables; projecting single-storey porch.
There is a large, elegant fan-lighted doorway.
Several upstairs windows are pointed, with Georgian-Gothic astragals.
The library has a low ceiling, with columns which formerly graced Downhill Castle; and a spacious bedroom landing.
The formal garden to the south of the house is equally impressive, with statuary and urns.
Ballyward estate was purchased in 1954 by WING-COMMANDER JOHN SYDNEY HIGGINSON CBE JP DL RAF, Honorary ADC to His Excellency the Governor of Northern Ireland, 1952, who farmed it himself until 1985.
At that time the grounds comprised 134 acres, of which 63 were agricultural land, 3 acres were garden, and 68 acres were woodland and wetland.
Many improvements to the house and grounds were initiated by Wing-Commander Higginson.
Wing-Commander Higginson died in 2000, when the estate devolved upon his nephew,
ANDREW HIGGINSON OBE, who sold Ballyward in 2001 for £1.15 million.
THE ESTATE today is spread over 300 acres, consisting of mature woodland, surrounded by sloping hills.
There are also significant wetlands thus attracting a wide variety of game.
Ballyward has recently established itself as a shoot.
First published in November, 2013.