Rawdon: an Irish Family Dynasty


Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Market Square
Co. Antrim

This exhibition explores the Rawdon family, and their lasting impact on Ulster and beyond.  At the heart of the display are three of the museum’s most recent acquisitions: portraits of Sir George Rawdon (1604-84), his wife Dorothy, and the Countess of Moira, Elizabeth Hastings (1731-1808).

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • the first public viewing, in 350 years, of a portrait of Sir George Rawdon, alongside  Dorothy Rawdon and the Countess of Moira
  • Archaeological finds from Castle Gardens, the former site of Lisburn Castle and one of Ireland’s most important extant 17th-century Gardens. T
  • Artefacts from the museum’s 2019 excavation at Moira Castle, Lady Moira’s 18th-century home
  • Prints and rare books relating to the Rawdon family, and the Marquess of Hastings
  • Paintings, postcards, trade tokens and ephemera connected to the Rawdon family, including Montalto House, Ballynahinch, and Donington Park, Leicestershire, seat of the 2nd Earl of Moira

The acquisition of these portraits was made possible through generous support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

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