There was a large turnout at St Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry on Thursday evening for a commemorative lecture marking the arrival and enthronement as Bishop of Derry of Frederick Augustus Hervey 250 years ago.
The lecture, ‘The Life and Times of the Earl Bishop’, was delivered by the renowned broadcaster and historian Ken McCormack, at an event hosted by Radio 4 broadcaster Helen Mark. The evening was organised by the Hervey Heritage Group, funded by the Honourable the Irish Society and Derry City and Strabane District Council, and supported by the Bishop’s Gate Hotel.
The evening included musical interludes by harpist Tracey McRory and an organ recital of music from the period by Nicky Morton. There was also a dramatic re-enactment of the arrival in the city of the Bishop and his wife Elizabeth in 1768.
Mr McCormack recounted the Earl Bishop’s role as a philanthropist and collector of art, and how he had embarked on an extensive programme of church-building in his diocese, including in Tamlaghtfinlagan, Tamlaghtard, Banagher and Ballyscullion. He also built the Cassina – now in the grounds of Lumen Christi College – Downhill House and Mussenden Temple. The Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Cllr Trevor Clarke was among those in the audience for the lecture, along with the Dean of Derry, Very Rev Raymond Stewart, and a former Dean, Very Rev Cecil Orr.
The event concluded with remarks by the Chair of the Hervey Heritage Group, Jim Hunter, who spoke about the 'Earl Bishop Trail', and refreshments.