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Adam Armstrong Land Agent

by Jan Joel - 08:57 on 06 November 2019

2nd and 3rd November 2019

Shellie and Brett Cummings of Australia visited Aberystwyth, to see where their ancestor Adam Armstrong lived and worked in 1820.

Adam Armstrong was the Land Agent for the Nanteos estate. He was born in Dalkieth Scotland in 1786. He left Scotland and worked in various place until he arrived at Nanteos in 1820 and continued to work there until 1823.

He was married to Margaret Gow and they had six children. We visited St Padarn Church in Llanbadarn, where two of Adam’s children were christened.

Later we visited the dwelling where Adam Armstrong lived on the Nanteos estate, this caused a slight problem as it no long exists. However, there is some rubble left where the house once stood, so it gave an indication of its location, and the surrounding area could be viewed and studied.   

Adam Armstrong left for London in 1823, where sadly his wife Margaret died in 1824. Three years later he and his six children left Britain immigrating to Australia in December 1829, sailing on the 'Gilmore'. They quickly settled, and the following year built a farm on land, which he called Ravenswood Farm near the Murray River in Perth.

The following morning we visit Nanteos and had a tour of the mansion and grounds. We were lucky enough to visit the Estate Office, where he would have worked (which is now an en-suite bedroom). The original door way in the room is sadly blocked, but the old entrance door has been stylishly kept as part of the interior of the room. 

The rain kept away for a tour of the walled garden, stables and shrubbery, and the tour ended with tea in the library, which is now the hotel’s bar.

I hope that Shellie and Brett went away knowing a bit more about their ancestor’s life and time at Nanteos.


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