Dawn of The Ulster-Scots

You might have heard the adverts on the radio…………Greyabbey hosts the Dawn of the Ulster-Scots festival this Saturday. The festival aims to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the 1606 Hamilton and Montgomery plantations of Down and Antrim. There will be a Hollywood connection with the festival taking place in the Montgomery ancestral home of Rosemount House where Flora Montgomery (who was an actor in Basic Instinct 2) will also be filming footage for a forthcoming Straightforward Productions documentary entitled – 1606 – The birth of Ulster Scots – at the festival. The Ulster-Scots Agency seems to have been given new direction and drive since Mark Thompson was installed as the chairperson, including new genealogy research and links in the US.