When browsing your excellent articles on Larne I came across
Brian Willis's story about Kilwaughter Castle. It reminded
me that my maternal grandmother whose maiden name was
Jane Ogilby came from Kilwaughter.
My grandfather, William Hopkins came from a place
called "The Hollow" in Islandmagee.
Larne was the closest market town to both these townlands
so of course they knew a lot about it.
When they married in the 1890's they lived in Larne
for a time and my mother and one of her brothers were
Eventually they moved to Belfast, for employment reasons
I think, but they never became city folk or lost there
lovely accents. Indeed my grandmother used what I now
think of as being Ulster Scots phrases all her life.
I grew up hearing stories of old Larne and the surrounding
area. I heard how the folk who lived at the Larne end
of the Island would take their produce to market on
McKinstry's ferry boat. That is if it could be carried,
if not they would set off after midnight for Whitehead
driving a horse and cart and make the long Journey to
Larne by road.
I often heard the story of how James Chaine was buried
in the hills above Larne in an upright position looking
out to sea. I am sure I remember it being said that
this was at his own expressed wish.
Both my grandparents came from the typically large
families of those times so there is a possibility that
I may have some, what would now be, distant relatives
living in the area.
If anyone recognises the names of my grandparents
as being relative to their own forebears please feel
free to contact me through this website.
Denis Campbell - Apr '07
Re the Hood family. I lived at Ferris Point lighthouse in the early fifties, and seem to remember that the ferry sometimes sometimes landed at Ballylumford and sometimes at a pier close to Ferris Point.
I used to travel across on the ferry to school in Larne each day.
On 31st January 1953 (same day as the Princess Victoria disaster) Dougie's ferry lost engine power in stormy weather and was wrecked on the rocks just in front of the lighthouse dwellings.
My older brother Jackie Campbell went aboard and rescued a young girl whose foot had got trapped.
Does anyone have more information about that incident?