|I took this photo - with permission - in 2012 from a Jardine Matheson residence on Strawberry Hill. I believe that Creggan would have been sited about where the red roof is in the foreground.|
|A view from Creggan - likely in the 1890s.|
|A channel on The Peak, designed to manage water during downfalls.|
In 1863, the first water reservoir was constructed at Pok Fu Lam under the watch of the Governor Sir Hercules Robinson of Rossmead, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. Although this water system was expanded in 1877, it seems more likely to me that Creggan and its neighbours were supplied by well water at this time. An 1888 map shows a well less than two hundred feet northwest of Creggan, and due north of The Mount - the home of Thomas Jackson’s neighbour and longtime friend and business associate John Bell-Irving.
|In the map above, Thomas Jackson’s Creggan is coloured in green. It is hard to see, but it is beneath and to the right of the well which is marked in red. The surrounding cluster of early development makes perfect sense.|