Mortimer's Castle

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Mortimer's Castle
Native name
Erse: Caisleán De Moirtiméir
Fahatty Castle
The Old Court
Mortimer's Castle is locatit in Ireland
Mortimer's Castle
Location o Mortimer's Castle in Ireland
TeepCastle
LocationFaughalstown, Coonty Westmeath, Ireland
Coordinates53°38′55″N 7°20′29″W / 53.648607°N 7.341412°W / 53.648607; -7.341412Coordinates: 53°38′55″N 7°20′29″W / 53.648607°N 7.341412°W / 53.648607; -7.341412
AurieInny Valley
Biggit14t/15t century
Architectural style(s)Anglo-Norman
Offeecial name: Mortimer's Castle
Reference no.610

Mortimer's Castle is a castle an Naitional Monument locatit in Coonty Westmeath, Ireland.[2]

Location[eedit | eedit soorce]

Mortimer's Castle is locatit on the east bank o Lough Derravaragh, 4.4 km (2.7 mi) soothwast o Castlepollard.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The castle is believit tae derive its name frae Roger Mortimer, 4t Earl o March (1374–98), who wis Henry IV's Laird Lieutenant o Ireland for the last three years o his life, afore deein in a ambush at Kells, Coonty Meath (or maybe Kells, Coonty Kilkenny or Kellistown, Coonty Carlow).[3][1]

Ither accoonts connect it wi Edmund de Mortimer, 5t Earl o March an 7t Earl o Ulster (1391–1425), who wis born at New Forest near Tyrrellspass.

A local legend said that a lairge amoont o gowd wis buriet in a cellar on the steid, gairdit bi a black cat.[4]

Biggin[eedit | eedit soorce]

A lairge Anglo-Norman castle stuid on the steid, 52 × 125 m (57 × 137 yd) in dimensions. The remains o a twa-storey stane touer are in the northwast corner.[5]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000154165/Home
  2. https://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/UCD%20Connections%202005.pdf
  3. "Areas of historical interest".
  4. "The Schools' Collection » Faughalstown".
  5. http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/5079/1/Aidan_O'Sullivan_Vol_1_20140624090451.pdf