Sir Richard Wallace lived in this house in Lisburn – at least for some of the time. He was the illegitimate son of the 4th Marquess of Hertford but unlike any previous generation he spent some time on his Irish estate. As a result his name which was his mothers maiden name appears repeatedly around Lisburn – Wallace High School (he paid for the original building) and Wallace Park.
There is an impressive Wallace monument as well in the public gardens in front of the house, erected by the people of Lisburn after his death.
Known for his philanthropy these pictures also show an example of a water fountain which he donated to the town – there is another example in Wallace Park. Clean safe water provision in the 1800s, so he must have been interested in public health.
The family are best known for their extensive art collection which can be seen at Hertford House, Manchester Square, London (www.wallacecollection.org)