Mabel R. Colhoun And Archaeology In Inishowen
To mark International Womens day its important to look at the life of the remarkable Mabel Remington Colhoun, pictured above. Mabel was a pioneering female involved with archaeology at the turn of the 20th Century, who spent over fifty years of her life devoted to researching, recording and surveying heritage in the Inishowen landscape. Her life’s work in the area is best illustrated in “The Heritage of Inishowen: Its Archaeology, History and Folklore” published in 1995 following her death. What is so significant about Mabel’s work is it was the first of its kind in the region and to date her research has been a guide to many who wanted to expand on the current knowledge of heritage in the peninsula.
Mabel R. Colhoun And The Inishowen Connection
Mabel’s ancestral home originated in the area of Knockglass, Malin, Inishowen a short distance from Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head pictured above. Her grandfather was a farmer from that region and her father later moved from Inishowen to Derry City where he set up a successful building company called the Colhoun Bros Ltd. Mabel herself was born at North Lodge Derry in 1902. With this in mind Mabel was born and raised in the city, but from an early age had spent many childhood summers in Inishowen with her family.