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Friday 18 October 2019

Duel to be fought in Walled Gardens

Bob Molloy (left, as John Colclough of Tintern Abbey) and Michael Rossitter (right, as William Congreve Alcock of Wilton Castle) during a dress rehearsal for the pistol duel that will be fought as part of the Colclough Family Gathering. Both Bob and Michael work as gardeners in the historic Walled Garden.
Bob Molloy (left, as John Colclough of Tintern Abbey) and Michael Rossitter (right, as William Congreve Alcock of Wilton Castle) during a dress rehearsal for the pistol duel that will be fought as part of the Colclough Family Gathering. Both Bob and Michael work as gardeners in the historic Walled Garden.

ALL DESCENDANTS of the Colclough Family are being invited back to their ancestral home this Thursday for a unique gathering which will feature a pistol duel as well as other events.

ALL DESCENDANTS of the Colclough Family are being invited back to their ancestral home this Thursday for a unique gathering which will feature a pistol duel as well as other events.

Invitations have been extended to members of the family from the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand to attend this special event.

A warm welcome will be extended to all family members in the Colclough Walled Garden at 10 a.m. Thursday morning with a talk on the Colclough Family History followed by music and refreshments and the opportunity to have your visit recorded in the Gathering book. This book will be on permanent display in the garden to allow all descendants of the Colclough's who subsequently visit the Walled Garden to read about descendants and record their visit.

A visit to Tintern Abbey, the Colclough ancestral home from 1570-1983, will take place at 12 noon and following lunch at 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m. a visit to St Mary's Churches and graveyards (old and new) where the Colclough's have been buried for the last 400 years will take place. Reverend Richard Green will be present to perform a grave blessing service.

As the Colclough Family gathering will be held on the 206th anniversary of the death of John Colclough, who was the last person in Wexford to be killed in a duel when coming out the wrong side of a dispute with William Congreve Alcock of Wilton Castle in 1807, a historical re-enactment of the events of that day will take place in the Walled Garden at 4 p.m.

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