My Castle By The Sea (Gordon Edwards)

Down by the ocean,
Just up from the beach,
In a little place called "the Green",
Is my castle by the sea;
Where my neighbours they all know me,
We go way back through the years,
From the very first settlers,
Right up to us now and here.

We all watch out for each other,
Making sure always to take care,
Together we all try to get along,
And forever we will stand strong;
So blessed are all of us,
For a life so peaceful and free,
I thank God for my lucky stars,
And my castle by the sea.

Where I'm right next door to Lord's Cove,
And the greater Lamaline,
The big high cape is down in St Lawrence,
And little Lawn is in between;
But here in my hometown,
Of Lawn on the green,
'Tis where I always will and do return,
To my castle by the sea.

Forever to be in my hometown,
At my castle by the sea.

####.... Gordon Edwards of Lawn, NL. All rights reserved ....####
From the history of Lawn:
Located on the Southern tip of the Burin Peninsula, the town of Lawn has been steeped in a tradition evolving around the fishery and outport Newfoundland life. Lawn is spread around a small harbor in a relatively lush valley. According to one local tradition it was this lushness that inspired Captain James Cook to name the place Lawn Harbor. But it has also been speculated that a Frenchman named the community after a doe caribou that he spotted there.

Lawn is a community whose survival over the past two hundred years has depended entirely on the fishery. The abundance of fish in the waters surrounding Lawn (formerly known as Laun) attracted seasonal fisherman from France, Portugal, Spain and England. These fishermen came over in large fishing ships and returned to their homelands in the fall. This type of migratory fishery continued to exist on the Burin Peninsula well into the eighteen hundreds.

In 1763 the French signed the Treaty of Utrect, which forced them to abandon all territorial claims on the island of Newfoundland. The only possessions they were permitted to keep were the islands of St Pierre and Miquelon. The Banishment of the French made permanent settlement much more attractive in Burin Peninsula communities such as Lawn.

The first settlers to establish permanent residence in Lawn were the Connors (O'Connor) family who came from County Cork, Ireland. Michael and his brother Peter Connors were fish merchants who decided to stay in Lawn after the summer fishery. Many of these workers began to spend their winters in Lawn and eventually married women from nearby communities. The Connors, Murphy, Strang, Pike and Tarrant descendants planted family roots which have survived to this very day.


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