Sunday, 8 June 2008

Salt Island, Strangford Lough

I hope to undertake some research on the National Trust's Salt Island in Strangford Lough. I spoke to Craig, the Strangford Lough warden, yesterday and he suggested that we both pay a visit to Rowallane House (NT regional HQ) in order to investigate relevant documentation more fully.

In the interim, I have the following factual information concerning the Island:-

  • Salt Island lies 1.25 miles south of Killyleagh in County Down
  • It is fifty-one acres in size
  • It was owned by Lord Bangor in 1836
  • It consists mainly of clay soil
  • There is one hill fifty-four feet above sea-level
  • There were no dwellings in 1836
  • A cottage did exist and its stones were used to construct the present bothy
  • In the Griffith's Valuation of 1863, Edward Hughes occupied Salt Island and paid rent to Lord Bangor

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