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Title: J.V. Nugent, Portaferry to Marcus Ward.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileNugent, J.V/53
SenderNugent, J.V.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPortaferry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientWard, Marcus
Recipient Gendermale
RelationshipNugent gives Ward info about ancestors
SourceD 618/260: Presented by Major R. Savage-Armstrong, J.P. Strangford House, Strangford, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9808507
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 19:08:98.
Word Count157
TranscriptPortaferry, Co. Down.

Decr [December?] 13th [1850?]

Lieut [Lieutenant?] Colonel J.V. Nugent presents his
compliments to Marcus Ward & encloses a legend about
the Savage family which may be interesting enough to
insert in the Savage memoirs.

Legend of the Old Castle at Portaferry.

Years ago in the olden time, when "Port-on-ferry"
was a small fishing village, two young men having
distinguished themselves at the English Court were
rewarded by the gift of "the [----?]": the Castle
to be possessed by the one who should first light
a fire in it.
Both arrived in Strangford at the same time, and
stood together on the shore looking across at the
Castle each considering how to reach it before the
other. One did not long hesitate, but while the
other waited for the boat, Savage plunged into the
[----?] reaching the Castle safely and so gaining
the prize.

The one who swam across whose name was Savage is the
ancestor of the present family.