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Lakemount, Dromore, co. Tyrone

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"Lakemount" was the family home of our branch of the Hamilton family, between 1730 to the early 1900s.

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Location

Lakemount Homestead is located in Aghnamoe townland, Dromore, county Tyrone at the junction of Aghnamoe Road and the end of Togherdoo Road. GPS coordinates being: 54°28'59.5"N 7°27'11.8"W

Description

In 2007, the home was marketed for sale - as follows:

LAKEMOUNT HOUSE - 35 Aghnamoe Road Dromore Co Tyrone (Property details from a selling agent (2007) [1] The house is described as a Georgian Period Residence (so around 1800) and the land extends 205 acres.

HOUSE 1 x Reception Hall 1 x Reception room 1 x Sitting room 5 x Bedrooms 1 x Bathrooms 1 x kitchen/ dinette 1 x Dining area 1 x office 1 x study ANNEX 1 x bedroom 1 x bathroom 1 x living room/kitchen


Memories

Frances Priscilla (Young) Gregsten

Around 1920, Francis Priscilla Young wrote to Kate (believed to be a relative (?) ) as follows: [2]

My dear Kate;

Many years ago, at Monrovia, you asked me a question and I had forgotten all about it, until lately. The question was, "who were the Lakemount Hamiltons?" Lakemount is an old , old estate descending direct from father to son for several hundred years. The rent roll must be very large. The house has 20 or thirty rooms placed in a wide demesne, lovely old trees, etc. My fathers mother was born and lived there until she married my grandfather, James Young of Annaguinea. The Young Estate much smaller than the Hamilton's.

.... The Lakemount Hamilton's were a very fine race of men and women, all highly educated and first-class musicians , their hospitable home always filled with company, the Officers from Omagh and Enniskillen constantly there, and what with shooting and fishing, Balls and parties, their time was fully occupied, as each heir succeeded his father, he had so much to pay each of his brothers and sisters. The sisters usually got married, but except when the men were in the army, they took their money and went off to India or Australia.

MMH Letter 27 Oct 1948

In late October 1948, a young Margaret Hamilton went and stayed with her relatives in Ireland. The following are her recollections of her visit:

Dearest darling Papa and family

Well, I did arrive - and I love it! I love it all and everything about it! Aunt Alice is wonderful, and Colie and Matti (Coli's sister Martha) are very good to me and lots of fun too. I just simply think "Lakemount" is the most wonderful place on this side of the world.

It was the most wonderful thrill arriving at "Lakemount" - first, the sight of the plantation on top of the hill seen from the road just after we left the station, then the drive along the road here through "Lakemount" and all its glorious old trees - and they all have their reddish autumn tints, in fact, the road almost looks red with all the fallen leaves - that meet overhead, and the low stone walls half covered in moss, and in fact, the trunks are a mixture of yellowish-green where the moss has mixed with the grey. Then the thrill of the "Lakemount" entrance and the avenue past its picturesque lawns and great beech and oak trees, to the homestead! I love the old home too. Its greyish colour and the battlement effect, and its never-ending amount of outhouses running off it - the Stables, the barns, the tool, turf and wood sheds, the house alongside for the workmen when they had one; then further down the pigpen and chook houses - and they are all built of the same rough grey cement with stone. Think of it being just like this when you were here - only now there are no men in the house and therefore no horses or active farming on the place. Still no electric light, so I am writing this by lamp, and I have a lantern when I go to bed - just like early Newport days.

Our water supply is pumped up from the stream here, but for drinking water, I go to the well each day. Do you know the one Dad? Along the road further to the left, just where the archway of trees dwindles.

Yes, I am the 'boy' about the place! Am I glad I brought my jodhpurs - I practically live in them. With my jodhpurs, my waterproof wind jacket, a scarf for my head and either Colie's or Matti's gum boots - I am set for almost anything!

I go for the milk each morning too - along to Browns Farm. It is the one along the road opposite Lakemount. And I do various other outside jobs - emptying the ashes, sometimes taking the dog for a walk, or helping Matti bring in the wood. Sometimes Coli and I get on the bicycles and ride around the countryside doing errands or into Dromore for food.





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