The Aughnacloy Thistle

Location: Aughnacloy

Aughnacloy Thistle 2When Acheson Moore returned from his Grand Tour (of Europe) in 1722, he laid out his demesne, at Ravella, in the shape of a thistle. This was to show his sympathy to the Stuart cause. He cut a mile in circumference for the bulb of the petals, with clumps of trees forming the down. The avenue to his house defined the stalk and several fields, branching off, delineated the leaves. This unique landmark has become a valued emblem of Aughnacloy’s history.