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Cappercullen House, Co.Limerick

Cappercullen House, Cappercullen townland, Abington par, Co.Limerick (near Murroe and Glenstal, see map).



  

Cappercullen Castle was built around the 15th century.
Land in Abington parish, including Cappercullen, was granted to Peter Walshe in 1553. See [Tierney, 1966].
[Civil Survey, 1654-55] lists "Coll Piers Welsh of Abbieowghnie" as the old owner of "Abbieowhnie" (Abington) and "Keapacnillin" (Cappercullen).

Evans (later Baron Carbery) owns Cappercullen:
Lieutenant George Evans came into possession of Cappercullen and surrounds. He was first given a lease in 1660, and after many disputes managed to gain ownership of Cappercullen and Garranbane. See [Tierney, 1966].
Evans leased part of his property to Joseph Stepney, who resided at Cappercullen Castle for a time and laid out the terraced gardens between 1679 and 1681 [Tierney, 1990].
A deed of 1683 in [Evans papers, Glenstal] grants George Evans permission to enclose a deerpark at Cappercullen.
Evans was living in the old Cappercullen Castle in 1699 [Evans papers, Glenstal].
Lieutenant George Evans died 1709.
His son George Evans succ 1709 and died 1720.
His son George Evans was cr 1st Baron Carbery in 1715.
Cappercullen House was built 1717-18 on a different site to the old castle.
George Evans, 1st Baron Carbery, resided mainly in Carass, near Croom, Co.Limerick, but still kept a house at Cappercullen.
1st Baron Carbery succ his father 1720 and died 1749.
His son George Evans, 2nd Baron Carbery succ 1749 and died 1759.
His son George Evans, 3rd Baron Carbery lived in England, and immediately leased out Cappercullen to Grady.

Grady lives at Cappercullen:
Cappercullen House was home of Standish Grady from 1759.
[Deed, 1787] is a Deed of Release for £2000 from George Evans, 4th Baron Carbery and David Roche of Limerick, to William Russell of Limerick, of "the castle town and lands of Cappercullen alias Cappaghcullen with the Deerpark thereof .. then late in the tenure or occupation of Standish Grady esq and his undertenants".
William Russell is party to [Deed, 1793] concerning "the castle towns and lands of Cappercullen alias Cappaghcullen with the Deerpark thereof .. then late in the tenure or occupation of Standish Grady esq .."
Standish Grady's wife died at Cappercullen in 1807.
Think [Deed, 1808] is when Grady finally left Cappercullen.

The Misses Preston, heirs of John Evans, 5th Baron Carbery, took up residence in Cappercullen House.

Barrington holds Cappercullen (but has seat at Glenstal Castle):
The Barrington family acquired Cappercullen and neighbouring townlands.
Matthew Barrington (future 2nd Baronet) wrote on 18 Dec 1817 to George F. Evans. Letter in [Glenstal Abbey papers]. (This must be George Freke Evans, of Bulgaden Hall, Co.Limerick, who died 1829.) Barrington says: "Sir, I propose to become tenant for the lands of Murroe, Capercullen, Cappananagh ... as formerly in the possession of Standish Grady esq. deceased and as now held by Tenants at Will". (The list of tenants does not include Humphrys.)
[Tierney, 1966, p.177] says that Matthew Barrington got lease of lands including Glenstal, Garranbane, Meentolla and Cappercullen in [Deed, 11 Dec 1818]. (Why is Glenstal there? Did the Carbery estate include some of Glenstal at this point?)
The Misses Preston lived at Cappercullen House until 1820 [Tierney, 1990].
Cappercullen fell into ruins. It was already in ruins on 1829 to 1842 map.
Cappercullen is still listed as part of the Carbery estate in [Tithe Survey, 1826].
"Deer-Park" is still listed as the property of Lord Carbery in [Lewis, 1837].
Barrington built their seat, Glenstal Castle, in 1839 in the townland of Garranbane. The ruin of Cappercullen was in their grounds, in the neighbouring townland.
In 1840, John O'Donovan records in his Namebook that Cappercullen was still the property of Lord Carbery.
Barrington bought the lands outright from the heirs of Lord Carbery on 28 May 1840.

Cappercullen House is vanished. Some walls and outbuildings remain.
The terraced garden remains.





"Keapacnillin" (Cappercullen) in Abington parish in [Civil Survey, 1654-55].
From pp.3-4 in Limerick, vol.4 (pp.56-58 in online copy).



The old Cappercullen Castle, in the parish of "Abbeyouthneybeg" (Abington) in the [Down Survey, 1658].
See wider. From here.



Grady at Cappercullen on p.210 of [Taylor and Skinner, 1777].



Cappercullen House on 1829 to 1842 map.
It is already in ruins.



Cappercullen House on 1887 to 1913 map.
Cappercullen House is vanished. Some outbuildings remain.
Note the footbridge (at red cross).
Cappercullen House was in the plot marked "3.099". This is tennis courts today.
See modern satellite view.



The bridge at Cappercullen, looking W.
Photo 1994.
Forward to the left is site of Cappercullen House, now tennis courts.
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View of Cappercullen from the bridge, looking W.
Forward to the left is site of Cappercullen House, now tennis courts.
Screenshot from street view capture of 2014. (Click through to rotate.)



View of Cappercullen from the bridge, looking W and to the right.
Photo 1994.
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Ruin at Cappercullen.
This is said to be part of the old Cappercullen Castle.
(Cappercullen House was at a different spot and has entirely vanished.)
Photo 1994.
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The terraced gardens



The terraced gardens at Cappercullen.
Photo 1994.
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See street view capture of 2014.



The terraced gardens at Cappercullen.
Photo 1994.



The gardens at Cappercullen.
Photo 1994.
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