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Knock, Knock .... Who Was There?


Cabin Hill. Te Marchioness of Donegall (whose Belfast residence was adjacent to that of Martha) once visited Cabin Hill, and this led to a friendship between her nephew, Tomas, and a footman of the Donegal household, which Martha did not discourage.


William Drennan had asked his sister to teach the young boy the correct pronunciation of words, and it is a testimony to a two-hun- dred-year legacy of the Scottish invasion of counties Antrim and Down that Martha observed in Tomas’s accent, at two and a half years of age, “the true Caledonian twang of Belfast. In our kitchen they speak very ill, in the parlour only a degree better, so that his natural notes will soon be broad and harsh”. Tis was less than two miles from the former centre of Gaelic power at Castlereagh.


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