Ulster History Circle to unveil Quigg plaque

Robert Quigg VC.
Robert Quigg VC.

The Ulster History Circle is to unveil a Blue Plaque tomorrow (Tuesday, 28th June) at 3.30 p.m. to Robert Quigg VC at the Old Causeway School (now the Nook Restaurant, 48 Causeway Road, Bushmills).

Following HM the Queen’s unveiling of the statue of Robert Quigg in the morning, the Quigg families will attend a family unveiling of a UHC Blue Plaque to their ancestor, Robert, in the afternoon.

Jean Gibson, niece of Robert Quigg, will unveil this important plaque.

Robert Quigg was born in 1885 in the townland of Ardihennon, at the Causeway and attended the school (1892-1898) where the plaque is being erected, after which he worked around local farms and then on the nearby Macnaghten estate.

When the Great War commenced in August 1914, Robert enlisted in the 12 th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. He served in France with distinction and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Hamel on 1st July 1916.

Chris Spurr, Chairman of the Ulster History Circle said: “Robert Quigg is being commemorated almost 100 years to the day his valour won him the Victoria Cross in WW1.

“On a day of commemorations in the Bushmills area, the Ulster History Circle is delighted to honour this hero of the Somme with a blue plaque placed on the former Causeway National School which he attended as a boy. The Circle would particularly like to thank the Ulster-Scots Agency for their financial support towards the plaque.”