About Us

The Hillsborough Old Guard (Hillsborough's Local History, Cultural & Arts Society) was formed in 2005 by a group of local people whose aim was to preserve, promote and document the rich local history of the area. The Constitution drawn up in that year clearly outlines these objectives, viz.



“In cherishing Hillsborough's unique history and character, the objectives of the Society shall be: 


·to carry out research into Hillsborough’s local history


·to publish the results of such research, if appropriate


·to undertake such projects as may reflect and/or promote the character and/or history of Hillsborough


·to support such events, activities etc. as reflect and/or promote the character and/or history of Hillsborough.”





Hillsborough as it is today grew around its fort built in 1630 by Peter Hill and finished by his brother Arthur.  It was not until the mid 18th century that Hillsborough as we know it today was constructed with its streets of Georgian houses under the guidance of Wills Hill who would become the first Marquis of Downshire.  Like many villages throughout Northern Ireland, Hillsborough is rapidly growing in both size and population, and the old structure of the village is protected as a conservation area.

Hillsborough, County Down


Hillsborough Old Guard Events

Hillsborough Parish Church.  

Hillsborough Castle.

Hillsborough Fort.

Main Street


Recent announcements

  • Fort Warders Re-enactment Group The Re-enactment group are currently waiting on uniforms of which six have been ordered and hope to get up and running later this year.
    Posted 21 Jun 2011, 04:44 by Robert Finn

  • Posted 21 Jun 2011, 04:43 by Robert Finn

  • Posted 29 Jun 2011, 16:32 by Robert Finn
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