This website is intended for use by members and friends of the family.  It is a selection of photographs and other material from several sources,  but largely left by Vi Lowther,  and is therefore a quite subjective view.  Hopefully it may provide a resource of information on the history of our family,  and will be improved and expanded by comment and contribution from anyone who is willing to help.

Many family names are mentioned on this site,  and the list may be viewed by clicking here.  


Clotworthy Skeffington, Viscount and Earl of Massarene, contracted large debts in France through speculation in salt and was imprisoned in Paris for 18 years.  He escaped in 1789, no doubt liberated by the revolutionaries. He married firstly the daughter of the governor of the prison, Anne Marie Barcier.   When she died of a heart attack the Earl married Elizabeth Lane.

The Earl, now Viscount, died in 1805 after which his widow married George Doran, our great-great-grandfather and father of Patrick who kept a school in the Glens of Antrim and was a pioneer in the theory of the Great Circle sailing route.

Patrick was banished from the Glens for translating tracts into Irish for the edification of the Roman Catholic community.   He settled in Shrove where his lasting monument is Doran's Well where we used to collect frogspawn in the early summer for hatching into frogs,  an activity which is now illegal, I understand.   


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This website has been created in memory of Vi Lowther (1905-2004) nee McCafferty,  and David Lowther (1942-2004)