Friday, 1 March 2013
1613 - A Borough Is Born
On Thursday 28th February 2013 I along with other members of Loughries Historical Society, were invited by the Mayor of Ards Cllr Gregory - to the launch of 1613 A Borough is Born.
In 1613 King James I, bestowed a Royal Charter upon Newtowne - from then the town has steadily grown into a prosperous market town.
It was great to see all the local historical societies at the launch, with an excellent display of artefact's and memorabilia. Also we were pleased to see Bill Montgomery and his wife in attendance, Bill is a descendant of Hugh Montgomery.
It is wonderful that the Ulster Scots settlement by Hamilton & Montgomery 'The Dawn of the Ulster Scots' continues to be recognised as one of the most significant events in Ulster history, as it predates the more well known Plantation of Ulster of 1610.
I like many are looking forward to a year long festival with a great mixture of events planned to help celebrate this very special anniversary.
Events programmes are readily available from Ards Borough Council outlets.
Keep lookin in for further details and reports.