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Richard J.T. Orpen was leasing Ardtully House from John Croker at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £23 5s. In 1814 Leet records it as the seat of Richard O. Townsend while Lewis, in 1837 mentions Ardtully as "the ancient mansion of Richard Orpen Townsend". It was also the seat of the Orpen family in the 1770s and 1780s. Bary states that this property included an earlier castle, which was originally part of the McFineen McCarthy lands forfeited in the seventeenth century. It was granted by the Hollow Blade Company to the Conways but, later in the eighteenth century, the Orpens were occupying the house, subsequently replaced in the nineteenth century. Recorded, perhaps mistakenly, as the seat of R.H.M. Orpen and Sir. R.J.T Orpenm in 1894, in 1906 it was owned by Richard H.M. Orpen and valued at £40. The Scottish-baronial style house was burnt in 1921 but the ruins remain.
V986729 Discovery map #78. OS Sheet #94.
The original 15th century castle belonged to the McCarthys of Muskerry. In 1786 Wilson describes Blarney as the "very fine seat, with ample and beautiful demesnes, of Mr. Jeffreys". Lewis wrote in 1837 that Blarney Castle was purchased in 1701 by Sir James Jefferyes, Governor of Cork [from the Hollow Sword Blades Company] who “ soon after erected a large and handsome house in front of it, which was the family residence for many years, but is now a picturesque ruin”. A new house was built in 1874 on the demesne lands by the Colthurst family and is still occupied by them.
|Blarney Demesne||Garrycloyne||Cork||Blarney 72||East Muskerry||Cork||
W607 753 Discovery map #80. OS Sheet #62.
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