I picnicked in the grounds of The Argory, then went for a walk along the River Blackwater.
Later on I enjoyed a delightful tour of the House at 2pm with a charming and informative guide.
She alluded to the wooden Jamaican carvings, and Tommy MacGeough-Bond's fondness for Jamaica.
I wonder if he was acquainted with Ian Fleming.
The MacGeough-Bonds would doubtless have been well acquainted with other landed families in County Armagh, including the Stronges, Verners and Copes.
Later in the afternoon I motored on to the village of Moy, where the Charlemonts had their impressive country seat, Roxborough Castle.
All that's left to remind us of its greatness are the equally impressive gates (above and top).
An earl's coronet and crest adorn them.
The mansion house itself was maliciously burnt ca 1922.
At Loughgall, I wandered up the steep incline to the manor-house, erstwhile seat of the Cope family.
Its gates, too, are grand.
|Loughgall Manor Gates|