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Pollock Estate
Pollock Estate

In 1854, Alan Pollok, a Scottish entrepreneur arrived and built a fine residence at Lismanny from which he oversaw the operation of the 29,000 acre farming enterprise which he had recently purchased. Pollok was a world famous Improver of land in his day, meaning that his farming practices produced an unprecedented yeild per Ha or Acre. Visitors to Lismanny during that period included the Emperor Napoleon III of France and King Edward the 7th of Great Britain.

Alan Pollok quickly established one of the most advanced commercial farms in the Europe of that time. Initially, his enterprise flourished but in the early years of the 20th century, decline set in and the Pollok family left the area for good. Very little now remains of the Pollok mansion or of the magnificent farmyard at Gannaveen.

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    The two gate lodges to the estate in Lismany are still there.. My mother Mary Josephine Poland was born in one and I was born in the other one. Both households had worked for Pollock when it was a running farm. I remember my grandfather being the game keeper and his father before him. 
    I remember there was a canal stopping station in Lismany where the ladies of the day arrived from Dublin or Galway. I don't know if the canal house is still there. My mother remembers the ladies in their carriages dressed in their fine clothes on their way to the ball. She was allowed to look at them from the windows.

    I lived in our gate lodge and farm until I was about twelve. As well as the farm we had a shop which was run by my aunt Ellie. She had started the shop in the hallway and later had built on an extension to house the shop. I remember many people coming for the things they didn't make or grow on their farms. It was always a meeting place for people to stay a while to catch up on the talk of the day. The got news from Laurencetown and Ballinasloe  and many other areas  around Clountuskert.  I remember sitting by the fire in the shop with aunt Ellie as a child  and she would tell me stories  of her life and of days gone by.

    We lived in Clontuskert but went to school in Laurencetown as it was nearer to us to walk.  I remember taking a magazine to a lady who lived in part of the Pollock estate.in the fifties. I remember most of the families that lived in and around Lismany, Ganaveen, Ballamena and other areas.

    If I can help anyone looking for people in the areas please get in touch.

    Helena

     

     

     

     

     

    Helena

    Thursday 25th February 2021, 02:38PM
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    Hi Helena - My grandmother was born in Eyrecourt - actually Cooolcarty East.  Her father William Rutherford, a Scot, was a land stewart for Pollok holding - Ballyhoose and Kylemore.   My great grandmother ( Agnes Watt)  was born  to John Watt, a Scot - also land stewart to Pollok  and later a farmer in Fearmore. Agnes marriage certificate has her living in Lismanny as a nursemaid and then later as a housekeeper.  WHen she was about When Rutherford died his wife remarried a Mr Lamb also holding some capacity on these holding ( land stewart or games keeper?)  I believe her mother, Mary Hay, was the housekeeper to Mr and Mrs Gairdner of Lisberg.

     I was wondering if you had any stories or information from 1850-1920.  OR perhaps corrections to what I have researched

    Was your family in the are during this period? 

     

     

     

    Eulilie

    Wednesday 17th March 2021, 02:14PM
  • Eulilie, William Rutherford was also my great grandfather. My grandfather John Rutherford was your grandmother's brother. I think this makes us second cousins. We have relations in Canada who are trying to trace the Rutherford family history and they would welcome any information you might have. Perhaps I know some things which would be useful to you.

    Sunday 25th April 2021, 01:53AM
  • PS I've never used this site before and am not sure how it works. I signed in through Facebook but don't know how to contact you, Felicity Joinson.

    Sunday 25th April 2021, 02:09AM

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