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

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

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

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.

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