Identity Statement for Harold Barbour
- Reference code: IE UCDA P168
- Title: Photograph album of Harold Barbour (1874–1938)
- Dates: 1911–13
- Level of description: Item
- Extent: 146 photographs
Harold Adrian Barbour was born on 17 July 1874 and was educated at Harrow and Oxford. He came from a family of industrialists, his grandfather being the founder of a famous thread-linen works, Barbour & Sons. His father, John Barbour, was instrumental in helping a group of workers set up a consumer co-op in Lisburn in 1881. Harold, himself, became President of the Lisburn Co-operative Society in 1900. He was very active in IAOS (Irish Agricultural Organisation Society) and was a good friend of its founder, Sir Horace Plunkett. He was also active in IAWS and UAOS (Ulster Agricultural Organisation Society) and helped set up many co-operative societies around Ireland.
Photograph album containing black and white photographs mainly of co-operative societies in various locations in Ireland, and of folklore collecting expeditions in the West of Ireland. Co-operative buildings and their staff are represented along with annotations concerning annual turnover. Sir Horace Plunkett and Harold Barbour are also pictured. Folklore photographs show Dr Douglas Hyde and Alice Stopford-Green talking to the people of Iar-Connacht. Other photographs show historical sites such as Gallarus Oratory, County Kerry, the 'beehive huts' on Achill Island; and events such as Puck Fair, Killorglin, County Kerry, the Sunday Parade Unionist Clubs of Lisburn Special Service (Aug 1913) and the Lurgan Horticultural Show. The photographs, in general, illustrate Irish life on the farms of rural Ireland and in the fishing villages on the islands (Tory, Achill) and the west coast.