Friday, August 21, 2020

Groomsport as Graham's Port - the Ulster-Scots traditions?

Groomsport is best known for its associations with the sailing of Eagle Wing in 1636, although there's no solid evidence that she did sail from there. A previous recce voyage to scope out the transatlantic opportunity with like-minded people in England certainly sailed from Groomsport - and so these two voyages have often been confused. 

There two accounts posted below, one is from William Montgomery's famous Description of Ardes Barony in the County of Down from 1683. The other is from the prolific Sam Henry from an article which appeared in the Belfast Telegraph entitled Come With Me on an Ulster Fireside Bus Run on Saturday 15 April 1944.