The 14th saw a group of very interested visitors of the Bantry Historical Society.
The Killeen, i.e. the family grave yard gave interesting insights into the fates of early members of the Hutchins family.
Children and also animals were welcome!
Richard Hutchins himself, the great-great-grand-nephew of Ireland’s first woman botanist Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) talked about his ancestors. He was born in the Big House nearby. When Ireland was still British.
The Killeen of Ardnagashel is a most magical place.
After the outing tea, coffee and cake was served. And everybody was allowed to have a look at the amazing and invaluable original botanical encyclopedia which was used by Ellen Hutchins.
Wow, she used this book for her studies! And she collected and drew lovely pieces of art from seaweeds and liverworts just at the seashore nearby.
Richard Hutchins had collected lots of seed of his beloved foxglove which was in full bloom along the avenue to Ardnagashel East.