My First Home
Singer CHRIS DE BURGH, 56, lives near Dublin with his wife Diane. One of their children, Rosanna, 19, is Miss World. Here he tells YVONNE SWANN about his first home
I was born in Argentina. My father, Charles Davison (de Burgh is from my mother's side), was English, but his grandfather settled in Argentina in the late 1800s and established a farm in San Eduardo, 125 miles north-west of Buenos Aires.
In 1946, after fighting the war, my father returned to Argentina, having picked up a beautiful 19-year-old bride called Maeve de Burgh. She was from Ireland, but of Norman descent. My brother, Richard, was born in 1947, and I was born a year later.
The colonial-style farmhouse is still in the family. My father died two years ago, but my mother still lives there. It is falling into disrepair, but I invest as much as I can to keep it going.
Spanish was my first language, as the locals spoke little English.
The village of San Eduardo was pretty wild in those days, with many of the houses built from mud. It was just a poor farming community. There were no roads, just dirt tracks. It was gaucho country and children were literally born on horseback, so I was put up on a horse almost before I could walk.
Our garden was beautiful, with smooth, green lawns. …