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Bishopscourt (Bishop's Court)

  • 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.

  • Architect: Richard Morrison

    Date: Circa 1780-90
    Designed: House for John Ponsonby
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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  • 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