It was originally built in the 12th century either by Harvey de Montemarisco (Montmorency) or some other early Anglo-Norman settler. It takes its name from the Barony of Bargy. It consists of a square keep, to which two wings have been added probably by the Rossiter family in the 16th and 17th centuries. The last Rossiter to own Bargy was William Rossiter. He took part in the defense of Wexford against Cromwell. His lands were confiscated in 1667 and the castle was granted to William Ivory. It passed later to the Harvey family but was confiscated to the Crown after the suppression of the rebellion in 1798. Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey (1762-98) commanded the Wexford insurgents. With Catholic John Henry Colclough and his wife, Mr. Harvey took refuge in a cave in the Saltee Islands after Wexford's surrender-soldiers traced them down there. To save Mrs. Colclough both men surrendered and with the others were executed on June 28. The castle was restored in 1810 to James Harvey, brother of the late owner. He moved to London and died in 1880.
The present owner of the castle is Chris de Burgh and his family. The castle was bought in 1960s by his maternal grandfather, General Sir Eric de Burgh, a former Chief of the General Staff, British Indian Army, and from a distinguished Hiberno-Norman family. The castle was converted into a hotel where Chris gained much early experience performing to the guests and he later assumed de Burgh as his stage name.
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|Your information on Bargy Castle is incomplete. It was retained in the Harvey family until the 1950s, when my grandfather, James Harvey, sold it. My mother, Antoinette Harvey, was born in the castle in 1945. Generations of Harvey's lived there since 1880, the last date you have on record. It was a fully functioning home, and not dilapidated.|
|Thank you Nikki,
I appreciate your update on the castle history. Most information on this site is from the web which is sometimes incorrect as you said. If you have more details I'd be glad to add it to the castle history.
|I was just reading about Bargy castle near Kilmore
I used to pick fruit in 1956 and left to come to England in 1959
the owner at that time was Mr Pagent the farm was then mostley
used for fruit and veg
Liam Crawford / Kilmore
|MY GREAT GRAND MOTHER WAS BORN THERE IN 1854 FRANCES ANN GRAVES , HER MOTHER WAS JULIA HARVEY. THEY MIGRATED TO AUSTRALIA IN 1863|
|Is Bargy Castle open to the public?|