Writing this post to the sound of pouring rain outside our hotel window, the wonderful spell of sunny dry weather finally broke this afternoon.
This morning we drove south from Dublin towards the Wicklow mountains, stopping off at the grand Powerscourt Estate to look around the gardens. The setting is beautiful with views to Grand Sugar Loaf mountain, and the roses were stunning. A pleasant coffee on the terrace was followed by a little shopping.
The first drops of rain were falling as we set off again. This time in search of more of my family history. My paternal grand mother was a Haughton. Her father Thomas Haughton was born in Co Kildare at Athy, where he inherited a flour mill which had been built by his Grandfather Alfred Haughton. We drove across the bridge, catching a glimpse of the river Barrow and the castle, in spite of heavy rain and traffic. This picture from Wikipedia shows it in a better light!
On the quest for even older Haughton family members we drove to the old quaker settlement of Ballitore. A little adventure in the rain took us across a field of long grass to find the Quaker burial ground. Hidden behind old stone walls with a narrow entrance many of the graves are unmarked, or covered. It is here that my 5x great grandfather Benjamin Haughton (1707 – 1777) is buried. We spent some time in the wet searching the graves which were visible, but could only find more recent Haughtons. However the Quaker meeting house he must have attended is still in the village.