DiCamillo Companion

Headfort House

  • Built / Designed For: Sir Thomas Taylour

    House & Family History: Headfort is a Neoclassical house built in the mid-18th century of the local gray Ardbracan limestone for Sir Thomas Taylour, later 1st Earl of Bective. Shortly after the completion of the House Sir Thomas engaged Robert Adam to design a revised interior scheme for Headfort. The result was Adam's finest interior in Ireland, and his only significant surviving Irish work. Adam's Great Room, designed in 1775, is one of the most important classical rooms of Europe, with very fine paired Corinthian chimneypieces, ceilings that soar to 26 feet, and exceptionally fine plasterwork by John McCullough. The building is owned today by the non-profit Headfort Trust, which leases it to Headfort School, which has occupied the House since the 1940s. In 2004 Headfort House was listed by the World Monuments Fund on its List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites.

  • Architect: George Semple

    Date: 1760s
    Designed: House for Sir Thomas Taylour, later 1st Earl of Bective.

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    Architect: Robert Adam

    Date: 1772-75
    Designed: Interiors for Sir Thomas Taylour, later 1st Earl of Bective.

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  • Country Life: LXXIX, 300, 326, 362 [Furniture], 1936 (Mar 21 & 28, 1936). CLIII, 847, 1973.

  • Title: Irish Georgian Society Newsletter
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Spring 2008, pg. 3
    Publisher: Dublin: Irish Georgian Society
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Listed

    Park Listed: Listed

  • "Cracks" (2009 - as the girls boarding school).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Taylour, 1st Earl of Bective, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Preservation Organization

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Owned by the Headfort Trust, a charity that leases the House to Headfort School.

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access

    Phone: 469-271-116

    Email: office@headfortschool.com

    Website: https://www.headfortschool.com

    Historic Houses Member: No