Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
25" OSI Map
"Castleforbes is situated about 5 km from Longford town and stands between Newtownforbes and the River Shannon. Built to the design of John Hargrave from Cork, Castleforbes is a 19th-century structure of cut limestone. The entrance gateway of the castle is French style which is about one mile (1.6 km) from the castle itself. There are some narrow windows in the shape of an arch as well as the remains of some English style windows."
Aerial view: binged.it/1PvQzAE
Odd looking birdbath or sundial or something. Do you think it's genuinely just a person pretending to be a garden ornament for the camera, or has someone respectablised an older bronze nude?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The 6" OSI says "Dial", but there is nothing on the 25".
"In the garden at Castle Forbes, the seat of the Earl of Granard in co. Longford, there is a Moor supporting a sundial, similar to that I saw in the quaint old Clement's Inn garden. Lord Granard tells me that his came from the Earl of Moira's house in Dublin"
From Notes and Queries,Oxford University Press, 1884.
The DIA also has some notes on the works in the estate from the 19th century. As well as some "older" history in "The beauties of Ireland" (Brewster 1826) - I'm not sure if there's anything there that would help refine the date of the image.
It was from this castle that the Eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) launched it's invasion of Ireland in 1911 when six pairs which had been given to Lord Forbes as a wedding gift escaped into the wild. Road kills now account for one of the main causes of grey squirrel deaths in Ireland. In order to contain their spread we need far more roads....
Thanks all. Based on the maps from [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] we've added our image to the (awkward) Flickr mapping tool. The Longford County Council site has some information on when the castle left the Forbes family - between the 9th (Wikipedia) and 10th Earls Granard it seems. It seems likely that, when French took this photo, either the 7th Earl (Wikipedia) or 8th Earl (Wikipedia) was at home. And possibly commissioned the shot. Any thoughts on how to refine our date range further?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland It didn't leave the family - the 9th Earl had no son, so the title went to his nephew. The Castle was inherited by the 9th Earl's daughter Lady Georgina.
As O Mac has pointed out ,it is hard to credit that a few grey squirrels escaping from this spot in 1911 could do such terrible damage to the native red squirrel. When last surveyed, only Cork and Kerry in Munster and four counties west of the river Shannon, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Sligo were untouched by the invasion. By now this information is probably out of date. A fine photo.
Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]. That's actually nice to hear. Although someone may need to advise whoever runs Longford County Council's website :) :
The last Earl (the ninth) died several years ago and having no male heir the title passed onto his nephew who sold the castle soon afterwards
The dates on the refurb works in the Archiseek entry suggest that perhaps we could bump-up the lower date in the range - from 1865 to 1870....
What a beautiful looking castle and image!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I'm not entirely certain that she inherited but they go on to mention:
"The present occupant is Lady Georgina, although she lives in France at present and only uses the castle on a few occasions on visits during the year."
It is possible that it was sold to her by her cousin.
This photo has reached 50,000 Views in just a couple of days, The views have been driven by its inclusion in Flickr Explore. I have just added the photo to our 50,000+ Views Album.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/longford_library Hi Longford Library
Photos in sequence after this one are not very dateable, but the NIAH suggests that Castlemcgarret at L_CAB_08262 is from 1902.
L_CAB_08260 is the Bishops house in Longford, tenders went out Feb 1902.