Six Mile Water signed 'BLACKSHAW' (lower left) oil on canvas 61 x 51 cm. (24 x 20 in.)
PROVENANCE: with Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
The Six Mile Water is a river in southern County Antrim, Northern Ireland, famous for its trout fishing.
While short, it is closer to twenty miles long than six, accounts vary as to the origins of the name. The most widely accepted story is that Norman soldiers marching from Carrickfergus Castle calculated that they had marched six miles when they forded the river at Ballyclare. When the Normans built the castle at Carrickfergus they placed a line of outposts along the river which was then called the Ollar (River of the Rushes). In time the soldiers making the journey from Carrickfergus to Antrim reached the river at this spot when they had travelled six miles so began to call the Ollar the Six Mile Water.