Monday Books: Looking at Linen Legacy; the Huguenots of Lisburn - the Story of the Lost Colony by E. Joyce Bes T, Pounds 7.50. Published by Lisburn Historical Society

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THIS book has an intriguing title. The idea of a "lost colony" conjures up images of a people long since disappeared who left nothing behind but a mystery.

Yet a look at some of our popular names today suggests otherwise. The Huguenots left us a linen legacy. They also left us their names which became Anglicised over the years.

Is notable politician John Alderdice a decendant of the Huguenot family Alderduis, two members of which came to Lisburn before the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes which spelled disaster for the Huguenots in France?

What about the name Lilley or Lillie? Were they the more romantic sounding De Lille's who also lived in Lisburn and who came from the town of Lille. At one stage in the fifteenth century they married into the Royal Bourbon line.

Members of the family were prominent at the Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve in 1572 and left France some time after that?

Or is today's Bulmer and Boomer descendants of a Lieutenant La Boulay who came to Lisburn, probably with the Williamite forces in 1690?

We imagine that the Huguenots in fact first came to Ireland just before and mostly after the Revocation of the Edict in 1685. In fact some of them came much earlier.

The De Beere's came in the 1540s and a headstone in old Knock cemetery records the death of the first William of that family half a century later. A Belfast forest is named after the family. …