The   landscape   surrounding   Hazelwood   House,   and   beside   the   River      Garravogue   and   Lough   Gill   is   of   outstanding   beauty.   It   has   been   under   threat      from   a   proposed   housing development   that   would      scar   the   natural      environment   forever. Trees   would   have   been   ruthlessly   pulled   down,   with      roads,   pavements   and   houses   smothering   the   fertile   land   where once wild  flowers grew. The   exquiste   views   along   the   river's   edge   would   have   been   replaced   by   the   sight   of   bricks   and   concrete.   The   woods   much   loved   and   frequented   by   locals   and   visitors   alike gone   under   the   bulldozers,   never   to   return.   The   unspoilt   magnificence   of   Lough   Gill,   regarded   by   many   as   one   of   the   most   glorious   lakes   in   Ireland,   would   never   have   been   the same. Thankfully,   with   the   committed   diligence   of   the   HHS   and   many   individuals,   this   environmental   catastrophe   did   not   happen   and   the   beautiful   area   of   Hazelwood   Forest   is   safe for   the   present,   for   residents   and   visitors   to   admire,   explore   and   enjoy.   Now,   the   Hazelwood   Heritage   Society,   with   the   first   phase   of   its   mandate,   opposing   the   proposed development, must turn its attention to the future and particularly the future of Hazelwood House.
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The Wynnes of Hazelwood House

                                 The   Hazelwood   Wynnes   originated   from   Wales   claiming   descent   from   a   distinguished   chieftain of   the   12th   century   in   Merionetshire.   The   first   of   the   family   to   settle   in   Ireland   was   Owen   Wynne   who received   a   grant   of   lands   in   and   around   Lurganboy,   and   was   succeeded   in   1670   by   his   eldest   son,   Capt. James   Wynne,   who   fought   on   the   Williamite   side   at   the   siege   of   Derry,   later   at   the   Boyne.The   Wynne   family occupied    Hazelwood    House    for    three    hundred    years,    during    which    time    all    the    head's    of    the    Wynne household, with only one exception, bore the name of Owen Wynne.
The   first   occupant   of   Hazelwood   House   was   Lt.   General   Owen   Wynne   1664-1737,   third   son   of   Owen   Wynne   Senior   of   Lurganboy,   County   Leitrim   and   formerly of the Bala Estate of the Gwynnes in the old county of Merionith in Wales, now known as the larger county of Gwynedd. Lt-Gen.   Owen   Wynne,   a   descendant   of   the   Welsh   Wynne   family   from   Merioneth.   On   his   death   in   1737,   the   estate   passed   to   his   nephew,   also   Owen   Wynne   (1686- 1755)   who   was   an Army   officer.   He   was   succeeded   by   his   son,   a   third   Owen,   who   was   High   Sheriff   of   Sligo   for   1723   and   1745. The   house   then   passed   to   the   latter's   son, a fourth Owen (died 1789), who was an M.P. for County Sligo in the Irish Parliament and an Irish Privy Councillor. His   eldest   son,   a   fifth   Owen   (1755–1841),   inherited   the   house   on   his   death   and   was   also   an   M.P.   for   County   Sligo   in   the   Irish   Parliament   and   High   Sheriff.   He   was followed   by   his   son,   John Arthur   Wynne   (1801–1865),   MP   for   Sligo   Borough   and   High   Sheriff   for   1840,   and   John Arthur's   son,   a   sixth   Owen   (1843–1910),   High   Sheriff for 1874. Owen   Wynne   in   his   youth   had   served   as   a   lieutenant   in   the   61st   Foot   Regiment,   as   well   as   following   in   the   family   tradition   of   being   High   Sheriff   of   County   Sligo in   1875   and   of   County   Leitrim   in   1881.   Owen   Wynne   died   in   1910   at   the   age   of   67   and   with   no   male   heir   to   take   over   the   estates,   so   too   came   the   end   of   the   Wynne's occupation   of   Hazelwood   House. After   the   death   of   Owen   Wynne   in   1910,   Owen's   daughter   Murial   and   her   husband   Philip   Dudley   Percival   lived   in   Hazelwood   House, selling off the livestock and machinery until they left Hazelwood House in 1923.
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