DiCamillo Companion
Ireland

Bessborough House

  • Earlier Houses: The current house replaced an earlier house.

    Built / Designed For: 1st Earl of Bessborough

    House & Family History: The current house burned in 1923 during The Troubles, after which it was rebuilt to a similar design.

  • Architect: Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel

    Date: 1924
    Designed: Rebuilt House after 1923 fire

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    Architect: Thomas Newenham Deane

    Date: Late 19th century
    Designed: Alterations

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    Architect: Francis Bindon

    Date: 1744
    Designed: House for 1st Earl of Bessborough

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  • Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
    Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pg. 41
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company
    ISBN: 0094699909
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Past Seat of: Brabazon Ponsonby, 1st Earl of Bessborough, 1744-58; William Ponsonby, 2nd Earl of Bessborough, 1758-93; Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough, 1793-1844; John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough, 1844-47; John George Brabazon Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough, 1847-80; Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough, 1880-95; Walter William Brabazon Ponsonby, 7th Earl of Bessborough, 1895-1906; Edward Ponsonby, 8th Earl of Bessborough, 1906-20; Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, 9th Earl of Bessborough, 1920-35; Ponsonby family here until 1944.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Today Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 051-644-400

    Website: https://www.teagasc.ie/

    Historic Houses Member: No