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Mountain View in the village of Darkley, Keady in County Armargh, Northern Ireland.  The ruinous building has recently been demolished.  Henry McKean(1) owned a spinning mill, and one William Kirk a beetling on the site destined to become the thriving village of Darkley. In 1845 McKean died and his ownership of the mill passed to Kirk who had married Ann McKean in 1820.The Douglas family's role in the industry is not clear but it seems unlikely the the William Henry Douglas, a cord cutter, listed below, is a direct member of the Mountain View family.  These notes need further research and expansion.

John Douglas Mountain Lodge, Keady 1,025 acres (between 1870 and 1879); Valuation £798 5s in 1871

1888 John Douglas (JP) and William Henry Douglas (Farmer) of Mountain Lodge Keady.

William Henry Douglas, raised at Mountainview Lodge, Keady, Armagh, Northern Ireland, who married a Jemima Bellhouse and had several children including a daughter Letitia b. late 1892 and her sister Emily. The Douglas family may have been associated with the Scot or Scotch Mills in Keady.
- Its actually a "scutch" mill, one of the processes in making linen. Also known locally as a "beetling" mill.

Jemima was a daughter of Lucy Kearns and Henry Bellhouse and was born in Dublin. She would have been born between about 1820-30 and married sometime after about 1850

My (Margaret Serre) Grandmother was Letitia Douglas, her father I believe was a Harry or Henry Douglas, son of John Douglas of Mountainview Lodge, Keady, Armagh.

The Douglas family reportedly still live in the village of Darkley.  Mountain Lodge was on a hill overlooking the village.

There is some confusion about whether Henry William Douglas or William Henry Douglas is the correct formulation but the former seems to have the plurality opinion. Henry was born abt. 1856 and died 8 July 1916. On 10 Mar 1876 according to the Armagh registry office he married Lucinda Holmes, b. 1858. In both the 1901 and 1911 Censuses of Ireland the family is shown living in Ballyaros, Milford, Armagh. As far as we know, Henry and Lucinda's children, all of whom were born in Armagh, included: Alexander, 1877; Minnie, 1878; Emily, 1880; Charlotte, 1885; Bertha, 1886; Letitia, 1891 (our connection through her marriage to Martin Lenaghan of the RIC); Margaret, 1894; and Lily, 1901.

Based on the 1911 Ireland Census posted by the Natl. Archives of Ireland, we believe the family we are seeking is that of Henry William Douglas, 55, a cord cutter, living at house no. 7, Monaghan Road, Milford Town, Armagh, wife Lucinda, 48, married daughter Charlotte Housten, 22 (and her son Thomas, 1), Letitia, 18, and Margaret, 16, all linen damask weavers, and Lillie, 9, a scholar. Letitia married Martin Lenaghan of Cullentragh, Mayo, a member of the RIC stationed in Portadown at St. Malachy's RC Church in Belfast later in 1911. The Douglas family was Presbyterian.

1837 Residences: Roan, of W, Girven, Esq,; Mountain Lodge, of H. Garmany, Esq. (Presumably Hugh Garmony Douglas)
Hugh Garmony Douglas married Roberts Girvan, daughter of John Girvan, of Roan

In 1924, the contents of the house and estate were sold at auction, on instructions from H.G. Douglas.  Presumably, this was Hugh Garmony Douglas (Possibly a son of the above?).  The house must also have been sold at about this time.  Successive owners were  the Flanagans, and the Hunnifords before the Raineys.  The photograph of the Brady family on the doorstep indicates that they, too, may have been owners.

Lot 105
Date of Auction: 7th March 2007
Dix Noonan Webb, auctioneers
Sold for £420
Estimate: £300 - £350

The Collection of Medals to the Medical Services formed by Colonel D.G.B. Riddick
Six: Brigadier G. S. Douglas, Royal Army Medical Corps

1914-15 Star (Lieut., R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); Defence and War Medals; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, S. E. Asia 1945-46, M.I.D. oak leaf (Brig., Staff), mounted as worn, nearly very fine and better (6) £300-350
M.I.D. London Gazette 26 June 1947.

Gerald Sholto Douglas was born on 27 November 1891. Qualifying as a L.R.C.P. & S.I. and L.M. in 1914, he later became a specialist in Anaesthetics. He was commissioned a Temporary Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. in May 1915 and Temporary Captain in May 1916 and served in France, 1915-18. Granted the regular army rank of Captain in December 1918, he was promoted to Major in May 1927, and served in Germany, 1919; India, 1920-24 and 1928-33; Jamaica, 1937-42. Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, August 1941; Acting Colonel July 1943; Temporary Colonel, January 1944 and Colonel, November 1945, he served as Senior Medical Officer, B.E.F. Dutch West Indies, 1940-42; was specially employed by the Ministry of Information, 1942-43; was A.D.M.S. H.Q. 42 Armoured Division, July-September 1943 and A.D.M.S. H.Q. 55th Infantry Division, 1943-44. Holding the rank of Acting Brigadier in December 1945 and Temporary Brigadier, June 1946-May 1947, he served in India and S.E. Asia during 1944-47, as C.O. of the B.M.H. Delhi and C.M.H. Ahmednagar, 1944; C.O. 127 I.B.G.H. (B.T.) 1944-45; D.D.M.S. H.Q. 15 Corps, 1945-47 and A.D.M.S. H.Q. N. Midland District, 1947-48. He was placed on Retired Pay with the honorary rank of Brigadier on 27 November 1948; ceased to be in the Reserve of Officers in 1951 and died at Innishannon, Co. Cork on 1 November 1965.

Gerald Sholto Douglas was son of Hugh Gamany Douglas, of Mountain Lodge, Keady, Ireland.

1.  Henry McKean was earlier recorded here as Henry McClean, as shown in a source document. However, H. McKean is recorded in The Topographical Dictionary of Ireland of 1837 as being in the ownership of H. McKean, with nearby New IIolland, owned by Lieut. McKean, R.N.



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