The Gibson Trust Bursary Awards and History


Matthew Robson, Doagh, Co Antrim, receiving a £1000 bursary from Edward Montgomery, Gibson Trust.


Matthew is studying for a BSc in Agricultural Technology which is offered in partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and CAFRE, Greenmount Campus. He comes from a pedigree Simmental and commercial pig farm and is a former pupil of Ballyclare High School.

Interestingly, Matthew’s grandfather, Billy Robson, also received a Gibson Trust scholarship when he was studying Agriculture at Queen’s University in 1953. Matthew currently plays rugby for Ballyclare Rugby Club 1st XV.

Ruairi McAnulty, Warrenpoint, Co Down, receiving a £1000 bursary from Edward Montgomery, Gibson Trust.


Ruairi is studying for a BSc in Agricultural Technology which is offered in partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and CAFRE, Greenmount Campus. He is a former pupil of St Colman’s Newry.

After university Ruairi is keen to find employment within the animal nutrition sector. In addition to helping on the home beef and sheep farm, Ruairi plays Gaelic football for the Burren minor team.

Edward Montgomery, Trustee of the Gibson Trust, presenting Claire Beckett, Cillian Darragh, Sean Kane and Heather Steele with their cheques at the Greenmount Bursary Awards Ceremony held on the 12th December 2014.


The four successful applicants presented projects to improve silage storage and safe handling, to recreate a dairy farm, to build a stock house and to create green bedding from slurry via a separator process. Further information about the Gibson Trust Bursary scheme:
Professor George Hutchinson, Director of The Gibson Institute, Queen's University, Belfast jg.hutchinson@qub.ac.uk Dr. Alice Robson, Bursary Co-ordinator, Greenmount Campus, College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise alice.robson@dardni.gov.uk

The unveiling of the William Gibson plaque on the gates to Drumbroneth House, Dromore. May 2006.


Those present on the day included the following:

Jimmy Hawthorne, Sean Nolan (Ulster Museum), Victor Price, Jim Crawford, Pat Devlin, Councillor Jim McIlroy (chairman of Banbridge District Council). Also present were representatives of the Dromore Historical Society: John Davis (Queen's University), Walter Smyth (The Gibson Trust), Brian King (Royal Ulster Agricultural Society) and his wife, The Rev. Sam Peden and Raymond Kelly.

Drumbroneth House, Dromore, County Down.


William Gibson purchased a farm in Drumbroneth, Dromore where he had been born and built a large house there, Drumbroneth House, in which he lived while on business trips to County Down.

Harvesting Potatoes.


Until the 1960s, many schools in County Down gave pupils a week off in the autumn for potato harvesting.
Photograph courtesy of Down County Museum. Photographs not to be reproduced without permission.

Stewart's Motor Works.


The advent of tractors marked the end of a lot of implement making and farriery for blacksmiths. After WWII, most forges were replaced by garages. Stewart's started as a blacksmith's forge.
Photograph courtesy of Down County Museum. Photographs not to be reproduced without permission.