The following article was inspired by the CD “Firestone” by Tonchi McIntosh and Andrew Hull and the present-day people of Louth. The material is derived largely from a paper written by John Huggins following the “Back to Louth” Reunion of 1985. It also draws on discussions with Wally Mitchell, a long time resident of Louth, and material and articles provided by Shindy’s Inn. Information concerning the fate of the ship “The Great Britain” was sourced from Wikipedia.
Our experiences of Louth have been constantly blessed by a sense both of serendipity and synchronicity. Time and again we’ve had chance encounters with people connected to the story of Louth. The latest occurred as I prepared to upload my photos of the Louth monument, to this site. With perfect timing, we received a kind message from Sue Huggins, a complete stranger to us, but whose research had gone into her husband John’s booklet, which formed the basis of most of the following information. John is a direct descendant of TA and Mary Mathews. Sue has been most generous in providing us with some early family photos, sketches and letters relating to this fascinating story about some of our pioneers. Thanks Sue for your help, generosity and very kind words of encouragement.