Knockdrin Castle in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath looks like an childs version of a castle. Lots of towers with lots of fancy castellation on top but of dubious defensive value? That gate looks like it was the entrance to another fortress that was retained when fancy Dan was built. It certainly doesn't control access to the castle.
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Circa 1865 - 1914
NLI Ref: L_IMP_3504
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DCU president (2000 - 2010) Prof. Ferdinand von Prondzynski, lived there until 2020 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knockdrin maps.archaeology.ie/historicenvironment/?REG_NO=15401222
https://flic.kr/p/2nvD7wY via MikeofDorset The imposing entrance gate, not exactly welcoming, no streetview either.
That wiki article says it belonged to the Levinges. Here in 1911 is Thomas Vere Levinge at home with just 3 servants. There are a number of other houses on the demesne, where I see John Clare, Gardener and Domestic Servant William Pagan, Land Steward Henry Creighton, Gamekeeper James and Patrick Fitzpatrick, Labourers John Crowley, Chauffeur William Cooney, Herd and Shepherd John Fagan, Labourer Christopher Bardon, Labourer Chrispopher Daly, Agricultural Labourer Bob Roberts, ditto David Forsyth, Sawyer
Yikes - suicide klaxon - 1898, via Trove ... trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/211843547?searchTerm=K...
More DRAMA from Trove - Actress Marries Baronet (1910) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/182914138?searchTerm=K... trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/164695731?searchTerm=K... But he was Killed In Action in 1914 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/164695731?searchTerm=K... Him - www.isle-of-wight-memorials.org.uk/people_l/levinge_rw.htm Her - footlightnotes.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/irene-desmond-188...
Thomas Vere in the census is the 2nd son of 9th Baronet Sir William (at theperage), who died in 1900. Older brother Sir Richard is the one who died in 1914 per that Trove. His son (also Sir Richard) was 11th Baronet, and died in 1984. His son (also Sir Richard) is the 12th Baronet to this day. The castle was sold in 1946, the year he was born. thepeerage has the 12th bt living at Clohamon House near Bunclody, Wexford in 2003. The NIAH record for Clohamon House mentions the 11th baronet living there. I see a ref. in the Enniscorthy Guardian to the Levinges selling it in 1998, and it being on the market again for a million in 2013. In the Irish Times, a reference to an auction of contents from Clohamon in 1998, noting that some items are originally from Knockdrin.
NIAH entry agrees with wikipedia. the castle dates from 1815.
Clearly the same day (and tripod) as L_CAB_06951. L_CAB_06953 nearby is the gate https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] showed earlier, with two ladies in leg-of-mutton sleeves and boaters with bicycles. Fashion suggests 1900ish. L_CAB_06955 of George's st. Limerick looks to be around 1900-1905 too.
Aha! I did not find Knockdrin in the 1901 census earlier, but I see a typo was hiding it. At home in 1901 are Thomas Vere's two sisters Dorothy and Beatrice Levinge, aged 18 and 15, with 9 servants. My money says this is the pair of them in L_CAB_06953 and we are near to 1901 - 1905.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ A very imposing entrance and drive. Those white things on the grass verge were very common in my youth, but no idea what they’re called.
Entrance streetview, looking a little run down maps.app.goo.gl/9rofd5yLxfEtch8g6?g_st=ic
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ it think that those "keep off the grass" white things are called Cheval de frise.... yes they were very common at one time so maybe to keep horses and carts off the grass?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Thanks, translates as ‘friesian horse’
Awaiting renewal in c. 2017 via Sotheby's - From - evoke.ie/2021/01/06/life-style/irish-tech-millionaires-na... YouTube - youtu.be/UQuW70z86QE
"It is believed to have been the first residence in Ireland to have a central heating and electrical system. ..." From - oi.ie/en/have-you-ever-thought-about-living-in-a-castle-i...
Something odd - the windows in the ivy-clad section and the big window in the left tower seem to have been blocked up. To make it safer from marauding Vikings ?