The Lands of Roughwood

by Roger Griffith
  • Cat or Fox carving
  • Pigeon carving and 1890 HP
  • Carved Cockerel and WRP initials
  • The newest section of the farm building

 

Hugh Hamill of Roughwood and his family are known to have accompanied Sir Hugh Montgomery of nearby Broadstone to Ireland, where they made their base in Antrim, whilst the Montgomerys set up in the Ards Peninsula, now Newtonards.

Robert Shedden purchased the lands in 1713 from the Hammils and they later passed to the Patricks, by which time the 250 acres or so of mainly moss and clay lands were very neglected and ruinous, having last been improved in the 1770s.

The Patricks greatly improved the property by enclosing the lands, installing drainage, building a road through the estate, rebuilding the farmhouses, and ornamenting the lands with plantations.

The Right Reverend R G Shedden held the property in the 1950s. The lands remain a farm to this day, with interesting carvings of a cat or fox, pigeon ? (1890 HP) and cockerel (WRP) recording links with the previous owners.

 

 


Roger Griffith says

James Gray MP, a descendent of the Parkers, owners of Roughwood has kindly supplied the following details and corrections -

My great-grandmother, Jeannie Gilmour Parker was born at Roughwood, as were her siblings, Mary, Anne and Hugh. Their father, Hugh Parker, purchased Roughwood in 1795, and the family lived there for exactly 100 years, until moving to Kircudbrightshire, where they still farm.

Their grandafther, also Hugh Parker, owned a tile making business in East Kilbride and was able to purchase Mossneuk and Roughwood farms. The Patricks were the local lairds and were on good terms with the Parkers, who were proud to be owners and not tenants.

The carving of the pigeon is actually a dove, being the crest of the Parker family. HP 1895 would be for Hugh Parker and the hen with WRP would be William Ralston Parker.

 

Roger Griffith says

Documentary evidence does not seem to support the aforesaid family history. See 'Lands of Roughwood' on Wikipedia.

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