John Turney (d.1815)

John Turney, farmer, of Lissue, near Lisburn, Co. Down

He was descended from Huguenots who settled at Lisburn. He was a farmer who like many in the area who had a little spare capital also involved themselves in the manufacturing of linen. It was said that, "Mr. Turney inherited much of the spirit of industry and peaceful disposition of his forefathers, and, like them, had a great taste for the beautiful, whether in nature or art; his garden was quite a model in floriculture, and, what was not usual in country houses, he had in his parlour two or three oil paintings of a style which was rare as the works were valuable." He would have been justifiably proud of the achievements of his grandson who he brought up, A.T. Stewart - and somewhat in awe of his house!
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 08/04/2019 and last updated on 01/05/2019.