Co. Dublin, Royal Dublin Society, Instituted 1731
Allan Pollok (1815-1881), Lismany, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Of Scottish descent, Pollok owned estates in Renfrewshire and Argylle as well as 29,266 acres near Ballinasloe. After visiting the estate, “The Times” agricultural correspondent writes “near Ballinasloe we came upon the immense farming of Mr Allan Pollok, passing for many miles through a county of large 100 acre fields of turnip, corn and grass, bounded by well-built stone walls, with substantial first-class modern farm buildings on each farm, and groups of cottages by the roadside. Fine Sheep, Cattle and horses indicate the abundance of livestock on clover, and well-kept pastures. ... The largest proportion of the land is in permanent pasture; still the arable is sufficiently extensive to render necessary five sets of very large and complete farm offices, each having a waterwheel, or or fixed steam-engine, for thrashing, grinding, preparing castle food etc., while there are also on the estate large workshops, saw-mills, etc., and a steam flour-mill, which grinds for export ... covered stalls and boxes for fattening 1000 head of cattle, beside an open courtyard for young stock, and every convenience of stablings, barns, granaries, etc.” At the Royal Dublin Society winter show of 1862, the correspondent for the British Farmer’s Magazine, when writing about the allocation of prizes, comments “ Mr Allan Pollok who, as usual, swept off the lion’s share. Mr Pollok has invariably some capital specimens of West Highland breeds, his Argyleshire estates affording him the best possible facilities for procuring good specimens of that breed for the benefit of his Irish farms”. Pollok did not attend the Royal Dublin spring show of 1869. He had decided to turn his attention to tillage operations and in April of that year “Mr Allan Pollok’s Auction of Stock” took place on his Creggs estate. The Dublin auctioneers considered the auction to be so important that the directors of the Midland Railway Company dispatched a special train from Dublin to Donamon station. Pollok was High Sheriff for Galway in 1870 and 1871.
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