Lord Erne laid to rest after boat trip

Henry Crichton, who was the sixth Earl of Erne, died before Christmas aged 78
Henry Crichton, who was the sixth Earl of Erne, died before Christmas aged 78
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The Earl of Erne, who was the Queen’s representative in Co Fermanagh for 25 years, has been laid to rest after his remains made a final boat journey at Crom.

Henry Crichton was the sixth earl of Erne and had lived on the 1,900-acre Crom Estate since 1958.

He died on December 23 aged 78.

Ahead of a private family funeral service on Wednesday, the Earl’s coffin was placed in the family’s 100-year-old cot – on a bed of fir branches from the estate – and taken across the narrow stretch of water to Holy Trinity Church.

His remains were accompanied on the boat by his wife the Countess of Erne, his son Viscount Crichton, and a small number of close relatives.

Lord Erne, who inherited the estate as a child after his father was killed in World War Two, hosted the Queen and Prince Phillip for lunch at Crom Castle when Her Majesty visited Enniskillen in 2012.

His ancestral home was also the setting for the popular BBC comedy series Blandings.

Fermanagh & South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott said it was a pleasure to know the Earl he described as “a generous individual,” and added: “Fermanagh has lost an honourable citizen and true friend.”