Within Hazelbank Park sits a memorial stone dedicated to a Huguenot Soldier named Gideon Bonnivert. The diaries he wrote recorded the historic landings of King William III’s (“William of Orange”) massive European Army in 1690. His army went on to defeat King James VII of Scotland and Ireland at the Battle of The Boyne near the town of Drogheda on July 1, 1690.
Gideon Bonnivert’s diary containing his accounts of the landing can be found at the British Museum in London. A smaller stone memorial sits next to the Gideon Stone Memorial in honor of the man who unveiled the stone, Lord Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman W.A.F. Agnew.
Know Before You Go
The Gideon Green Memorial Stone is located within Hazelbank Park along Shore Road just on the outskirts of Belfast in the Newtownabbey area. To get to the park, visitors can travel by car from Belfast up the M5 to the Hazelbank roundabout, or travel along Shore Road from the Carrickfergus direction.
There is plenty of parking available on-site and it's free to enter. Alternatively, you can cycle along the Lagan and Belfast lough cycle network to Hazelbank Park.
The Memorial Stone is located within the Gideon Green area of Hazelbank Park, near Whitehouse Park Road.