Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,

Home      Blog      Surnames      Ancestors      Contact

€1,000 competition      Things to do



My ancestors - Kickham - Contents

Knockelly Castle

Or Knockkelly Castle.
Peppardstown parish, NE of Fethard, Co.Tipperary

Knockelly Castle.
Click to rotate.
From Google Street View.

Knockelly Castle was built by the Butlers in 15th century.
There is an account in the Ormonde records of the killing of Pierce Butler of Knockelly in 1502 [Heffernan, 1958].
The castle was later "sub-infeuded" (gain possession of an estate in fee) to the Everards.

It was purchased by the Barton family of Grove, Fethard par, Co.Tipperary. (They purchased Grove in 1752.)
Barton let Knockelly to James Kickham. He was the first Kickham there.
It was occupied by James Kickham temp 1798.
"The Kickhams never became large-scale territorial landlords, though in time some of them acquired the tenancy of gentlemen's holdings such as Knockelly Castle" [Comerford, 1979].
It was occupied by Thomas Kickham as at 1838-39.

Occupied by Edmond Heffernan as at 1889.
Inherited by John Heffernan 1903.

There survives a ruined late-Elizabethan or early-Jacobean towerhouse, surrounded by a well-preserved bawn (walled enclosure).

Knockelly Castle on 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern satellite view.

Video of fox hunt at Fethard, Co.Tipperary, Jan 2017.
Includes drone footage above Knockelly Castle. (Jump to 3:00.)
Courtesy of David Moloney.

Knockelly Castle.
View from the S.
See full size.
From above drone footage. Courtesy of David Moloney.

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:

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.

Help      How to read the trees      Conventions      Abbreviations

Privacy policy      Adoption policy      Image re-use policy