takes up his duties. US25-740SP
A TRADITION dating back over 300 years has
been maintained with the appointment of Andrew Carlisle from
Ballynahinch as Bugler at Hillsborough Fort.
Andrew was appointed by the Marquis of
Downshire as a sole representative of the Hillsborough Guard.
It continues a tradition dating back to the
reign of Charles II who made Hillsborough a Royal Fort, and
appointed Arthur Hill to be Hereditary Constable, with the
responsibility of maintaining 20 armed men. They were known as
`The Castlemen' but now there is just one, a bugler, who keeps
the tradition and dresses in the distinctive uniform.
Hillsborough Fort was built about 1630. It
has been extensively altered since then but the original outline
can still be seen.
Among the bugler's traditional tasks is to
blow the 'Fall-in' at the Square at eleven o'clock on Sunday
morning and attend Morning Prayer.