There are pictures of that period too.
Everyone at Belle Isle, Necarne and (in the summer) Mullaghmore was kind and incredibly generous to all of the Brown family!
Even Captain Hermon mellowed as we grew up.
Mr Henry Archdale Porter (Mastie!) is the man in the hat, with my father and me.
The Belle Isle household used to decamp to Mullaghmore every summer, and the Brown family were frequent Sunday guests.
Indeed Captain Hermon was a first rate shot and I recall him at the Belle Isle Shoot.
I was a beater on a couple of occasions as a lad, a dangerous occupation.
My father, Esmond, was a keen shooter too, and often Captain Hermon and my father shot together.
First published in February, 2010. Ross arms courtesy of European Heraldry.