Ulster Scot who saved Old Glory...
October 12, 2015
AN ALMOST forgotten war, during which an Ulsterman burned the White House, will be recalled at a special talk in Ballycarry later this month.
The War of 1812 was fought between Britain and the United States and during the conflict the White House was set alight by General Ross of Rostrevor in County Down.
During the same war, however, General Andrew Jackson excelled by defeating the British forces at the Battle of New Orleans.
The song Battle of New Orleans has been recorded by artists as varied as Lonnie Donnigan and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
On Tuesday, November 17, Ballycarry Community Centre will be venue for a talk by Dr. John McCavitt on the War of 1812. The event, which starts at 7.30pm, is being funded by the Community Relations Council and is one of a series on Conflict and Remembrance being organised by Ballycarry & District Community Association.
Andrew Jackson later became US President and his ancestors were from Ballyhill townland outside Ballycarry, which brings a local focus to the subject.
Admission to the event is £3.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
Please note this date has changed from the original at the end of October in order to avoid clash with another historical event