Henry George Ferguson brass plaque in Hillsborough
On 31 December 1909, just beyond the lake to the south-east of this point, four mile from his home at Growell, Harry Ferguson of subsequent Ferguson System and tractor fame, successfully flew a powered aircraft of his own design and manufacture. He was the first Irishman and one of the first United Kingdom citizens to do this.
Henry George "Harry" Ferguson (4 November 1884 – 25 October 1960) was an Irish engineer and inventor who is noted for his role in the development of the modern agricultural tractor, for becoming the first Irishman to build and fly his own aeroplane, and for developing the first four-wheel drive Formula One car, the Ferguson P99. Today his name lives on in the name of the Massey Ferguson company.