Today’s townland is Rosemount, on the Ards Peninsula in County Down.
Rosemount is right beside the village of Greyabbey, beginning behind the shops on the south-eastern side of Main Street. It includes the abbey itself (which surprised me, because I assumed the abbey would be in the townland of Grey Abbey).
The abbey was founded in 1193, for Cistercian monks, and was dissolved in 1541. The ruins have been in public ownership since 1907.
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So why is the townland called Rosemount? According to the website at PLACENAMESNI, Rosemount was the name of a house built in 1634 by Sir James Montgomery. In 1638 Sir James received a grant from the Crown of the lands in his possession in the parish of Grey Abbey, and the house-name Rosemount came to be applied to the whole manor.
The original Rosemount House is gone, but the Montgomery family still live on this estate. The present house was built in the 18th century and is known as Grey Abbey House. It is visible across the parkland from the abbey.
I was lucky enough to get a closer view when the gardens were open to the public for the Ulster Gardens Scheme on 25th June 2016.
Which county is Rosemount in? County Down
Which parish is Rosemount in? Greyabbey
Which townlands border Rosemount? To the west, Grey Abbey.
To the north, on the other side of the B5 Ballywalter Road, Ballynester.
To the east, Ballyboghilbo.
To the south, Ballybryan and Bootown.