Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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Glaslough appears to be a strange case whatever way you look at it. Mark Bence-Jones, who is normally a fund on information on country houses, gives us nothing on the early history of Castle Leslie [Glaslough].

That little [Maynooth Studies] history, records that Sir Thomas Ridgeway constructed a square castle on the site in the wake of the Ulster Plantation and the house then grew up around that, possibly constructed by Bishop John Leslie in the 1660s. The estate then passed in 1671 to John’s eldest son, also John Leslie, who was Dean or Dromore and who died in 1721. John’s brother, Charles, was a controversial character, being both an Anglican clergyman and also a supporter of the Stuart cause and this created some discomfiture for the Leslies during the reign of William & Mary and subsequently. Charles was an energetic pamphleteer against all non-Anglican sects including Quakers, Jews, Deists and Roman Catholics. He must have cut a strange figure at the Stuart Court in exile, steeped as it was in all the trappings of Popery, when he found refuge there in 1710 after his pamphleteering activities finally crossed a line the authorities couldn’t ignor.

It’s a pity that more information on the pre-1860s Glaslough House hasn’t emerged yet, the religious/political conflicts in the Leslie family would make an investigation of its architectural expression a particularly fascinating case study.

that Glaslough House image again

a photo of Turvey House, North County Dublin, before its demolition in 1972

All we can tell from that one image is that there are some distinct similarities with Turvey, not only in the fact that it was built around an earlier tower house, but also in that there are obvious grounds for believing that Turvey was also triple gabled. A further parallel can be found in the fact that successive owners of Turvey were also beset with troubles relating to their religious allegiance.

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