|Native name |
Irish: Caisleán De Moirtiméir
The Old Court
|Location||Faughalstown, County Westmeath, Ireland|
|Official name: Mortimer's Castle|
Location of Mortimer's Castle in Ireland
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).
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.