John Wilson Montgomery (1835 - 1911):
Antiquarian and poet
John Wilson Montgomery was born in Virginia, County Cavan. He was master of the workhouse in Bailieborough for some years and became known as the 'Bard of Bailieborough'. He spent much of his life in Downpatrick, where he was clerk to the Poor Law Board of Guardians. He was an antiquarian and contributed articles on this subject to local newspapers. He published volumes of poetry, including Rhymes Ulidian and Fireside Lyrics, and a collection of prose sketches, Round Mourne.