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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.
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Crotto House (or Crotta House), Co.Kerry,
was built 1669 by Henry Ponsonby.
It was 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 was still living there as at 1829.

Crotto was inherited before 1837 by Thomas Carrique Ponsonby.
He sold it 1842.
Kitchener (born 1850) lived as a child in Crotto House (his father leased it from 1850 to 1863).

Sadly, this rare 17th century house was demolished, possibly in stages, in the 20th century.
[Gourley, 1965] says the house fell into decay for some years before it was demolished.
["Horatio Kitchener at Crotta", Kilflynn Chronicle 11th edn, Dec 2006] says Crotto was occupied in 1910, fell into ruins some time after that.
Crotto was already 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 now remains 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].

Crotto House. 1829 to 1842 period.
From OSI.

Crotto House. 1887 to 1913 period.
From OSI.

Crotto House. Photo 1902 or shortly before.
See larger and full size and original.
From opposite p.40 in [Grew, 1916].
See 1902 copy on sale here.
See also scan from Used with permission.

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

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.

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.

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