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From: "Gerald D. Hobson" <>
Subject: [ARMAGH] Obituary: Sir Walter A. N. McGeough Bond (1907-1986)
Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 15:38:06 -0600

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Surname: Bond, MacGeough, McGeough

>From the
Ulster Courier
Ulster, N. Ireland
Wednesday, December 17, 1986

Formerly of
The Argory

A former owner of one of Northern Ireland's best known estates has died.

He was Mr. Walter Albert Neville McGeough Bond of the Argory near Moy.

Mr. Bond passed away yesterday at the Manor Court Private Nursing Home
in Dungannon where he had been residing for some months.

Aged 79, he was a batchelor and a son of Sir Walter McGeough Bond, a well-known

The late Mr. Bond attended Eton and Kings College Cambridge. He was a Deputy
Lieutenant for County Armagh, a student and patron of the Arts.

Mr. Bond and his family's interests in music is reflected throughout the
neo/classical house on the Argory estate which was built in 1820.

Set in 295 acres the residence and most of the contents were donated by
Mr. Bond to the National trust in 1979. Much of the original furniture
still remains and the house is lit by its own acetylene gas plant, the
only surviving example in the British Isles.

The estate has been in the family name since 1741.

Mr. Bond travelled extensively throughout the world and he formed a large
personal art collection in the house, including many works by Ulster artists.

Mr. Bond was also a very talented musician.

The funeral will take place on Friday and interment will be in the Estate

Undated and unidentified newspaper
Clipping in the archives of
The Argory
Moy, N. Ireland

Mr. W. A. N.
Mac Geough Bond

Mr. Walter Albert Neville MacGeough-Bond (78) of The Argory, Dungannon
has died after a seven month illness.

Mr. Macgeough-Bond passed away at Manor Court private nursing home on Dungannon
where he had been a patient since July. He had been in failing health since
taking a stroke in May.

A bachelor, he was an only son of Sir Walter and Mrs. MacGeough-Bond of
the Argory and a former student of Eton College.

The Argory was presented to the National Trust in 1979 and opened in 1981
to the public. Mr. MacGeough-Bond had been living back at the Argory since
1980 after a time living in Jamaica and in Portadown.

Known to his friends as "Tommy" he was well respected in the Moy and Dungannon
area and an active member of Moy Parish Church. During his lifetime he
had lived at the Argory during the Spring and Summer, and in Jamaica during
the winter months. His main interest was music and he was an accomplished
pianist and organist. He had also enjoyed collecting art and had one of
the most interesting collections in the country. He was also a vintage
car enthusiast and collected many types as a hobby.

Mr. Bond attended Eton and King's College, Cambridge. He was a deputy lieutenant
for Co. Armagh, a student and patron of the arts.

Mr. MacGeough-Bond had his own private apartments at the Argory to which
he was devoted.

The funeral service takes place on Friday (December 19th) at 2:00 p.m.
in the Argory. Donations are in lieu of flowers for Dr. Barnardoes Appeal
Office, 414 Antrim Road, Belfast 15.

Messrs Holmes, Dungannon have charge of the funeral arrangements.

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