De­scen­dants of james mackie hold a fam­ily re­union

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THE de­scen­dants of Belfast in­dus­tri­al­ist James Mackie and his sons have gath­ered for the first time in 52 years.

The fam­ily met for a cel­e­bra­tion at the Mackie es­tate of Lis­sanoure Cas­tle in Co Antrim this month.

James Mackie & Sons was an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Belfast tex­tile ma­chin­ery engi­neer­ing com­pany which ex­ported to coun­tries in­clud­ing In­dia, Nige­ria and Colom­bia, as well as Europe. The west Belfast fac­tory em­ployed 7,000 work­ers at its height.

It was a ma­jor ar­ma­ments pro­ducer dur­ing both the First and Sec­ond World Wars and hosted Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton in 1995.

Mem­bers of the fam­ily gath­ered from all over the world in­clud­ing Amer­ica, Le­banon, Scot­land, Eng­land and Ire­land for the his­toric gath­er­ing.

They in­cluded Tracy Hamil­ton, a di­rec­tor and co-founder of veg­eta­bles com­pany Mash Di­rect. Her sec­ond cousin, Peter Mackie, runs wed­ding venue Lis­sanoure Cas­tle and Lis­sanoure Farms with his wife Emily. He is a for­mer part­ner at Prop­erty Vi­sion, later sold to HSBC Pri­vate Bank. Peter led a man­age­ment buy-out of the firm, be­fore step­ping down to fo­cus on Lis­sanoure.

BOBBY HANVEY

De­scen­dants of James Mackie at their fam­ily get-to­gether this month

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