Mortimer's Castle

Mortimer's Castle is a castle and National Monument located in County Westmeath, Ireland.[2]

Mortimer's Castle
Native name
Irish: Caisleán De Moirtiméir
Fahatty Castle
The Old Court
Ink drawing by the Rev. William Falkiner, 1902.[1]
TypeCastle
LocationFaughalstown, County Westmeath, Ireland
Coordinates53.648607°N 7.341412°W / 53.648607; -7.341412
AreaInny Valley
Built14th/15th century
Architectural style(s)Anglo-Norman
Official name: Mortimer's Castle
Reference no.610
Location of Mortimer's Castle in Ireland

Location

Mortimer's Castle is located on the east bank of Lough Derravaragh, 4.4 km (2.7 mi) southwest of Castlepollard.

History

The castle is believed to derive its name from Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March (1374–98), who was Henry IV's Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for the last three years of his life, before dying in an ambush at Kells, County Meath (or maybe Kells, County Kilkenny or Kellistown, County Carlow).[3][1]

Other accounts connect it with Edmund de Mortimer, 5th Earl of March and 7th Earl of Ulster (1391–1425), who was born at New Forest near Tyrrellspass.

A local legend said that a large amount of gold was buried in a cellar on the site, guarded by a black cat.[4]

Building

A large Anglo-Norman castle stood on the site, 52 m × 125 m (57 yd × 137 yd) in dimensions. The remains of a two-storey stone tower are in the northwest corner.[5]

References


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