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Grace Hall, the seat and part of the estate of Thomas Douglass, Esq.
comprehends a very fine modern edifice, and 150 Irish acres of a
demesne, lightly and ornamentally planted; of an undulating surface,
a light soil in high heart, extremely well adapted to green crops
(of which there were 27 Irish acres in 1817), and a good corn soil;
producing, on an average, as we heard, about 14 barrels of oats to
Grace-hall, with the exception of a seat that we
shall presently notice, is, for the most part, confined to its own
improvements for the enjoyment of landscape beauty.—The plantations
of Lurgan demesne, the seat of Colonel Brownlow, which appear
condensed upon the western plain, are regarded with interest, as a
grand outpost, and a rich and graceful object in that portion of the
landscape.—Between those seats, the boundary line of the counties of
Down and Armagh, takes its course; and from the Armagh side of that
line, the incomparable demesne of Lurgan, (graced by the silver
surface of Lough Neagh,) faintly extends the influence of her
transcendant beauties across the line to Grace-hall—like the music
of Apollo, when it descends from a lofty mountain, and falls in soft
and trembling cadence on the distant vale—while Grace-hall, inspired
by her example, and faithful to the post assigned her by Downshire,
reflects the influence of her less brilliant charms on the Lurgan
scene— like the shepherd in the distant valley, to whose ear the
passing gale had conveyed the dying sound of Apollo's lute; he
awakes his pipe to gratitude, and offers to the god the lowly
tribute of his pastoral song!
Grace-hall stands on a county road,
which opens a communication between Lurgan and Belfast (by Moira and
Lisburn) at the distance of 17 miles south west of Belfast, 67
north-west of Dublin, and two English miles from Lurgan, in the
county of Armagh, which is the post town to it.
See also:Douglas of Grace Hall
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