DiCamillo Companion

Ardfert Abbey

  • Earlier Houses: The house was built in the grounds of the ruins of the Medieval Franciscan friary of Ardfert Abbey. Ironically, though the house is gone, the ruins of the abbey remain today as a national monument.

    Built / Designed For: Sir Thomas Crosbie

    Collections: Most of the contents were removed by the Crosbie family before the house was burned down by the IRA in 1922. A full-length portrait of Diana Sackville, later Countess of Glandore (a granddaughter of the 1st Duke of Dorset), entitled "Diana, Viscountess Crosbie" was painted by Joshua Reynolds in 1777 (see "Images" section). It hung in the saloon of Ardfert Abbey and is today in the collection of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in California.

  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 137, 1854.

  • Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
    Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pgs. 8-9
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company
    ISBN: 0094699909
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney
    Author: Warner, Malcolm; Asleson, Robyn
    Year Published: 2001
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale Center for British Art
    ISBN: 0300092229
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Past Seat / Home of: Sir Thomas Crosbie, 17th century; Maurice Crosbie, 1st Baron Brandon, until 1762; William Crosbie, 1st Earl of Glandore and 1st Viscount Crosbie, 1762-81; John Crosbie, 2nd Earl of Glandore and 2nd Viscount Crosbie, 1781-1815; J.B. Talbot-Crosbie, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No