Another dip into the archives with Gary Acheson, this time finding out who exactly was Greystones’ first ever coastguard…
The first Coast Guard station was located in Blacklion, oddly enough.
Although, in the 1820s, there was nothing but fields between the houses there and the few cottages down at the sea by the Grey Stones and a path is shown on maps of the time leading down to the rocks and flagstaff from where they would watch activities on the coast. Their brief at the time was more about preventing smuggling and collecting duty and other taxes than about saving lives or vessels. From a newspaper notice, it seems that an existing building (opposite what is now the Blacklion Pet Hospital) was modified to form the original Coast Guard station.
From the Coastguard Establishment Book 1820 to 1822, some details of the Greystones station. (I’ve made some notations where I think the personnel were possibly local men. Based on some information seen while looking at my family history in West Cork about the same era, these stations seemed to have been manned by a mix of locals and men ‘from away’.)
Chief Officer Thomas Lamb Wood posted from Kent Chief boatman Charles Ford from Hartland Quay in Devon until March 11 1822 when he was removed for drunkenness. He was replaced by William Smith from Skerries. Boatmen posted there during the period include the following John Rogers Thomas Keightley (Keightley was a Delgany name.) William Dawson John Brown Samuel Fowler? William Connelly Samuel Ferguson Walter Redmond (Redmonds were Wexford and Wicklow people.) Timothy Redmond (Redmonds were Wexford and Wicklow people.) William Morris (The Morris family lived in Windgates.) George Stanbury Philip Calf George Arnold William Bird Patrick John Carolan James Dobson Richard Thornhile William Chapman (The Chapmans were from Windgates.) John Holmes (Holmes were a Delgany family.) John Ladner
A notation states the station is provided with “1 six-hand galley”.
(A separate document shows that in 1821 Thomas Bunn of Kindlestown petitioned the Lord Lieutenant at Dublin Castle for employment in the ‘Water Guard’ in Greystones. He cited his great local knowledge as qualification for the position.)
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