Welcome to the Banford Haughton website, which takes its name from the Haughton family who lived in Banford House from 1815-1888. Banford House can be found in Tullylish, which is between Banbridge and Gilford in County Down, Northern Ireland.
The starting point of our research into my father's side of the family was our family tree - the Banford Family Chart, which my father, Denis Smyth, inherited from his aunt, Marjorie Smyth, who in turn received it from her mother, Caroline Smyth (née Haughton). Thomas Haughton, Caroline's father, was my 2x great grandfather.
My father also inherited a number of photograph albums dating from about 1860, a few letters and notebooks, and his grandmother's diary of a walking trip in the Swiss Alps (c.1880).
In 2003, my husband, Richard, tasked himself with looking into some of the names on this chart. We discovered that the family was listed in the Burke's Irish Family Records and found that the Haughtons had originally come from Cumberland to Ireland at the end of the 17th century. They established themselves as Quakers in the Mullaghmast, Edenderry and Ballitore Quaker communities near Dublin. We found links to many Quaker families including the Grubb, Fuller, Shackleton, and Leadbeater families.
We made two trips to Ireland, staying at Mountpleasant (Thomas Haughton's house) and visiting Banford House (Benjamin Haughton's house), the Banford Bleachworks ruins (family business), the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Ballitore Quaker Museum & village.
The crests on the left and the picture of Banford House on the right are to be found on the Banford Family Chart. All links are marked in dark red.
This website tries to put together a picture of what we have found so far. It is principally for the interest of family members, but will also provide additional information for anyone who has an interest in the Haughton family in general. We have included a gallery with photos from the albums - any help to identify them would be appreciated.
Many thanks to Jason Diamond of the Banbridge Heritage Centre, to the owners of Banford House for their invitation to visit and to the Gamble Family at Mountpleasant for their warm welcome and hospitality.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Banford Haughton website.