John Dunville (1866 - 1929):
Whiskey distiller and baloonist
John Dunville was born in Holywood, County Down and was educated at Cambridge University. He became chairman of Dunville & Co., Belfast, and twice won the Northcliffe Cup for the greatest distance travelled in a balloon. In 1908 he held the record for the longest time in the air and flew from Holyhead to Dublin in one hour and fifty minutes. He served in the Royal Air Force during the First World War and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel. He was made a Companion of the British Empire.