An 1829 engraving of the House from "Neale's Views of Seats"
Built / Designed For: The Right Honorable John Ponsonby, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons.
House & Family History: Bishopscourt is noted for its fine imperial staircase. It was on the grounds of the Bishopscourt Estate that Daniel O'Connell fought a duel with John d'Esterre on February 1, 1815.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. V, 1829.
House Listed: Unknown
Park Listed: Unknown
Current Seat / Home of: Farrell family
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond, 16th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: John Ponsonby, 18th century; William Brabazon Ponsonby, 1st Baron Ponsonby, 19th century. John Henry Scott, 3rd Earl of Clonmell, 1838-? Edward R. Kennedy, 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No