ME01151 - LISCARTAN - Castle - tower house

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Situated on a level landscape, at the crest of a slight slope down to the NW-SE River Blackwater, which is c. 100m to the N. Liscartan was owned by Sir Robert Talbot in 1633 (Wilde 1850, 131-2), but according to the Civil Survey (1654-6) Sir Robert Talbott of Carrtown and Adam Missett of Belewstown owned 292 acres there in 1640, and the property included ‘two Castles, a Church, a Mill, and a weare’ (Simington 1940, 231). The later stone house (ME025-009002-), which is attached to the SE, continued to be occupied into the middle of the 19th century when it was owned by a Mr. T. Gerrard, the proprietor of a nearby flourmill (Lewis 1837, 2, 281). The parish church of Liscartan (ME025-008----) is c. 60m to the NW. The tower house is a rectangular structure with a barrel vault (int. dims 12m NE-SW; 4.5m NW-SE) that is divided by an inserted wall (T 0.4m) at the ground floor. There is a rectangular tower attached to every angle, except the S. The W tower has an inserted entrance from the outside with a mezzanine above, and a passage leads to the main ground floor chamber. The N tower (int. dims 3.1m NW-SE; 2.3m NE-SW) is vaulted on the ground floor and projects NW from the N end of the NW wall. It has evidence of a garderobe chute in the NE wall and there is a newel stairs at its S angle, which leads down from the floor above but there is no access to the main chamber on the ground floor. The E tower projects SE from the N end of the SE wall and has a wide pointed doorway (Wth 1.5m) that leads from an enclosed courtyard (dims 12.5m NW-SE; 6.8m NE-SW) between the tower house and the stone house (ME025-009002-) which is just to the SE. This tower also allows access by an external stairs to the first floor over the vault to a single chamber (int. dims 11.65m NE-SW; 5.4m NE-SW) that is featureless apart from a single light window on every wall except the SE, but some of the windows are ogee-headed. The N chamber is vaulted with traces of wicker-centring. The second floor is supported on corbels in the long walls and is accessed by a newel stairs in the E tower, which also has a garderobe chamber. At the second floor the main chamber has a single window on each wall but the SW wall has a double-light ogee-headed window. The newel stairs continue in the E and N towers to the parapet level (destroyed) of the main structure. Turrets rise over the three corner towers, that at the E angle with a garderobe while the N has pigeon-holes. The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research. Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of revised upload: 22 June 2016

Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

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