HumphrysFamilyTree.com

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,

Home      Blog      Surnames      Ancestors      Contact

Search:

€1,000 genealogy competition

To Do      Random page

Donation Drive: Please donate to support this site.
I have spent a great deal of time and money on this research. Research involves travel and many expenses.
Some research "things to do" are not done for years, because I do not have the money to do them.
Please Donate Here to support the ongoing research and to keep this website free.


My ancestors - Blennerhassett - Contents


Crotto (or Crotta), Co.Kerry

Kilflyn par (also spelt Kilflynn), between Tralee and Listowel, Co.Kerry (see map).




Crotto House (or Crotta House), Co.Kerry.
Drawing by John Preston Neale. Engraving published 1821, London, by Thomas Barber.
See larger and full size.





Crotto House (or Crotta House), Co.Kerry.
The house was built 1669 by Henry Ponsonby.
Inherited 1763 by William Carrique (later William Carrique Ponsonby).
Inherited by James Carrique Ponsonby (died 1796).

Crotto was inherited 1796 by William Carrique Ponsonby.
He made alterations to the house 1819, from plans drawn by Sir Richard Morrison, giving it a more Elizabethan look.
He died 1831.

Crotto was inherited 1831 by Thomas Carrique Ponsonby.
He sold it 1842.
"Samuel Julian" is listed at Crotto House in [Griffiths Valuation, 1852].
Kitchener (born 1850) lived as a child in Crotto House (his father leased it for some years before 1863).

Sadly, this rare 17th century house was demolished, possibly in stages, in the 20th century.
The house fell into decay for many years before it was demolished.
Photo of around 1902 (below) shows the house still in normal condition.
["Horatio Kitchener at Crotta", Kilflynn Chronicle 11th edn, Dec 2006] thought Crotto was occupied in 1910.
However photos of c.1910 (below) show it is in a ruined state.
Crotto was in ruins by the time of [1925 poem].
[Gourley, 1965] describes substantial ruins surviving as at 1965: "From the massive ruined walls of to-day, we can judge it to have been a stately home."
[Gaughan, 1974] says "part of Crotta House" was then still standing.
It was finally demolished think late 1970s.
[Houses of Kerry, 1994] says little then remained of Crotto except some stone walls and part of the stableyard.






Crotto on p.218 of [Smith, 1756].



Crotto in [Taylor and Skinner, 1777].



Crotto in [The Post-chaise Companion, 1786, p.180].



Capt. Daniel Guion uses his wife's house Crotto as an address for correspondence in March 1810.
From [ADM 1/1857/29].



Crotto House. 1829 to 1842 period.
From OSI.



Crotto House. 1887 to 1913 period.
From OSI.



Crotto House. Photo 1902 or shortly before.
The Ponsonby coats of arms appear to be removed.
See larger and full size and original.
From opposite p.40 in [Grew, 1916].
See 1902 copy on sale here.
See also scan from royalirishconstabulary.com. Used with permission.



Crotto House.
Photo said to be Sept 1919.
It is clearly earlier than the Holroyd-Smyth photos below, since the N wing has not yet collapsed.
See full size.
From [O'Donovan, 1989, p.269]. Used with permission.
See scan from book.



Crotto House, in a ruined state. The N wing has partially collapsed.
From negatives in Holroyd-Smyth Family Papers. [NLI] MS 49,518/108.
Meant to be c.1910. However, it is clearly later than the photo above.
Envelope suggests 1920s, not c.1910.
See larger and full size.
See original.



Crotto House.
From Holroyd-Smyth Family Papers.
The roof lines of the outbuildings at the S end are not the same as today. But this must be the same view. There were no outbuildings like this at the N end.
See larger and full size.
See original.



Crotto House.
From Holroyd-Smyth Family Papers.
See larger and full size.
See original.



Crotto House. The N end.
From Holroyd-Smyth Family Papers.
See larger and full size.
See original.



Ruin of Crotto House, 1975.
See full size.
From [O'Donovan, 1989, p.269]. Used with permission.
See scan from book.



Site of Crotto House. Modern map.
The LHS wing (that used to adjoin the main central block) survives.
From OSI.


  

Crotto House today

  

Site of Crotto House.
This is the LHS wing (that used to adjoin the main central block).
Click to rotate.
Huge trees now grow where Crotto House once stood.
From Google Street View.
See screenshot.



The surviving building at Crotto.
This is apparently the old stables.
Photo 2013. See larger and full size.
See LHS shot and RHS shot.



Crotto House stood where these trees are, to the RHS of the surviving building.
Photo 2013. See larger and full size.
See other shot.



Building at back of Crotto House site.
Photo 2013. See larger and full size.
See LHS shot and RHS shot.



The old orchard wall surviving to the N of the Crotto House site.
Photo 2013. See larger and full size.
See other shot.



The surviving gate lodge at the N entrance to Crotto.
2011 image from street view.
The gate lodge is mid 19th century. See entry in NIAH.
See 1887 to 1913 map.





Feedback form

Long version of this form.

Email me.

 
Upload additions and corrections to this site:
Upload a file (e.g. a picture):
Your email address:
Enter this password:

Help      Conventions      Abbreviations      Privacy policy      Adoption policy

Feeds      Image re-use      Donate