Ireland's History in Maps
The Castles of Ireland
Ulster Province : County Derry
Compiled by Lee Johnson
 
Early Stone Fortifications - Castles, Towers and Strong-Houses
(What, Where, Who and When? -- A work in progress)
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Castle Name Condition Description Early Founder(s) -- Time Period(s) Contructed Parish/Townland Ord Residency Links
Aghadowey Castle None Bawn and Tower-House - "enclosed by a battlemented wall...square with a turret at each angle".
Aghadowey, Aghadowey C85802095
NISMR database
Annaghmore Castle None Castle? ???? -- Residence of -- the Gebseys
1641 -- Destroyed and burned by -- British Army
Magherafelt, Annaghmore H92979131
NISMR database
Ardmore Castle None Castle? - The ruins were 20ft long x 32 ft broad, with a well in the cellar. ???? -- Residence of -- the O'Kahans Balteagh, Ardmore C70512098
NISMR database
Ballindreen Scotch Castle None Castle? - "...it stood on an eminence...the house was spacious & stood 1-storey, the entire roof was lined beneath the thatch with oak basket work, the ground floor of the parlour was laid with flat whinstone, as was a large hall that ran through the entire house..." ???? -- Residence of -- McKanny Family
1745 -- Razed to the ground
Ballyrashane, Ballindreen Scotch C90093066
NISMR database
Ballyaghran Castle Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/derrycounty.htm
BallyCastle ("Castle of the Town") Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/aghanloo.htm
Ballyclose Castle (Newtown-Limavady Castle, Drumachose Castle, O'Cahan's castle) None Castle and Bawn ???? -- Controlled by -- the O'Cahan's
1820s -- Destroyed by --
Tamlaght Finlagan or Drumachose, Deer Park C67722039
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/newtownlim.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/drumachose.htm
http://www.theoriginofdannyboy.com/
NISMR database
Ballymoghan Beg Castle None Plantation Castle
Magherafelt,Ballymoghan Beg H8887
NISMR database
BallyNeill Castle None Castle? - In building the modern farm house an underground room was found with a large fire place with ashes still in it. ???? -- Built by -- Mr Nieves Artrea, Ballyneill More H92858533
NISMR database
Ballyreagh Castle ("the Royal Castle", Dunfert Castle) Ruins Castle? - The scant remains of this castle consists of one small mortar & basalt boulder wall - part of the E-W wall which once cut off the landward approach, i.e. the S wall of the castle. The mortar has flint & pebble inclusions. The W edge of the promontory shows a slight lip 0.6m high, which could reflect a buried wall, but this is doubtful. The wall remnant is at most 0.9m high & from the wall to the edge of the promontory is 20m.
Ballywillin, Ballyreagh, Portrush C84603985
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/ant/bwillin.htm
http://www.booksulster.com/library/sketches/portrush.php
NISMR database
Ballyreagh Castle ("the Royal Castle") Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/ant/bwillin.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/derrycounty.htm
Ballyronan Castle Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/t/bderry.htm
Bellaghy Bawn/Castle Full* Plantation Castle and Bawn - "...a bawn of brick & lime, 100ft square, with 2 round flankers & a good rampart ... also within the bawn 2 good houses one opposite to the other." The accompanying drawing shows 2 large round towers & one small,straight-sided one, 2 houses & a gateway. The site survives today as 3 bawn walls, one round tower & the rampart. Excavation located the house & the 2nd round tower. The house had 2 rooms, separated by a large fireplace. It also showed that the bawn wall was built over the ditch of a rath, causing to lean out markedly. It has been shored up & the C18th house within the bawn is now a visitors centre. 1619 -- Built by -- Baptist Jones
1641 -- Surrendered to -- Irish
Ballyscullion, Old Town Deer Park, Bellaghy H95349634 State Care http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/ant/bscullionparish.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/bellaghy.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/derrycounty.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplaceandmine/londonderry/A803459.shtml
NISMR database
Brackfield Bawn Ruins
Skinners Co. (c1615)


http://www.derryvisitor.com/derry/faq/index.asp?menuid=60
http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk/woydni/sitelocationsmoreni/oakswood.htm
Castle Dawson (First) None




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/cdawson.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/ant/bscullionparish.htm
Castle Dawson (Second) Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/cdawson.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/ant/bscullionparish.htm
Castle of Anagh None Tower-House c12th -- Built by -- the O'Kanes
c16th -- Removed and Leveled
Clondermot, Templetown C47371942
NISMR database
Castle Ros






Castlelecky





http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/tamlaghtard.htm
Castleroe None Tower-House and Bawn - a stretch of wall of stone & mortar, with stray stones & loose brick around it, with possibly 2 corners of the bawn. The C17th Raven maps show a Tower House & Bawn on the site.
Macosquin, Castleroe, Coleraine C86042999
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/coleraine.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/macosquin.htm
http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/arch/landscapes/ukpg/sites/castlero.htm
NISMR database
Coleraine Castle None Castle? - "manor house is modern & stands on the site of the castle, 1248 -- Built by -- Coleraine, Coleraine C84433250
NISMR database
Culmore Castle (Culmore Fort, Culmore Point) Ruins A "reconstructed" plantation fort.



http://dohertyclann.homestead.com/red.html
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/nigel.bacon/castles/data/ireland/c/culmore.htm
http://irishsociety.infm.ulst.ac.uk/begins.htm
Derryard Castle (the Turret or Round House) None Castle - The castle had 3 orchards, pleasure gardens, ballrooms & "apartments for the accomodation of different amusements". c17th -- Built by -- Captain Arthur Carey Bovevagh, Derryard C6811
NISMR database
Doherty Tower (Aileagh, Elagh, Aileach Castle) Ruins Castle and Earthworks - There is evidence remaining of a curtain wall in at least 2 places W of the existing tower. This tower retains traces of a portcullis slot & is likely to be the surviving portion of a double-towered gateway. There are also traces of a corner tower in the SW of the outcrop on which the castle stood. The various contemporary reports suggest the castle consisted of a lofty square keep with semi-circular towers projecting from 2 of the angles. c14th -- Built by --
???? -- Residence of -- O'Dogherty
1600 -- Demolished by -- the English
1608 -- Reclamed by -- O'Dogherys
???? -- Lost to -- Chichester
1621 -- Leased to --
1665 -- Fallen into disrepair
Templemore, Elagh More C41582165
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/templemore.htm
http://www.inishowenheritage.com/inishowen/castles/elagh.php
NISMR database
Dromore Castle (Ward Knowe Castle) None Castle
Kildollagh, Fish Loughan C87662895
NISMR database
Dungannon Castle Ruins




http://www.loc.gov/catdir/samples/simon031/99058497.html
Dungiven Castle Full* Castle 1839 -- ReBuilt by --
O'Kane (O'Cahan), Skinner's Co, Doddington (c1600)
Dungiven, Dungiven C69260908
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/dungiven.htm
http://www.dungivencastle.com/index.htm
NISMR database
Dungiven Castle (old) None Castle c17th -- Built by Dungiven, Dungiven C69260908
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/dungiven.htm
http://www.dungivencastle.com/index.htm
NISMR database
Faughanvale Castle None




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/faughanvale.htm
http://www.eglinton.demon.co.uk/MainFrames.htm
Glenleary Castle None Castle? 1641 -- Destroyed by -- Irish Macosquin, Glenleary C854277
NISMR database
Killane Castle None Castle ???? -- Residence of -- the O'Cahans Drumachose, Killane, Limavady C68122390
NISMR database
Killoween Castle (Ancient Castle formerly at Jackson Hall) None




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/killowen.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/coleraine.htm
Knockbane Castle ("Seat of Hugh O'Neill") None Castle? ???? -- Residence of -- Hugh O'Niell Tamlaght O'Crilly, Eden C9103
NISMR database
Lewis Castle None Castle? ???? -- Built by -- Lewis
1641 -- Castle attacked and owner killed by -- Local residence
Cumber Lower, Oghill C51061475
NISMR database
linen-hall Castle Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/moneymore.htm
Lissan Castle (Lisane Castle)





http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/t/lissan.htm
Loughans Castle (castle of McQuillan) Ruins Castle? ???? -- Built by -- the McQuillans
1544 -- Taken by -- the O'Donnells
Kildollagh, Loughlin Island C87782876
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/kildollagh.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/agherton.htm
NISMR database
Magherafelt Castle None Plantation Castle and Bawn - "In lowering the Diamond...there was a large portion of the cellar walls of Magherafelt ancient castle raised. It stood S of the market house. The site is partly occupied by the street & partly by a range of dwelling houses." The bawn had 2 large square flankers, one irregularly shaped 4-sided flankers at the front & a projecting entrance gate.
Magherafelt, Town Parks Mangherafelt H89699059
NISMR database
Magilligan Strand
A Martello tower.



http://web.ukonline.co.uk/nigel.bacon/castles/data/ireland/m/magilligan.htm
Moneymore Castle Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/moneymore.htm
Mountsandel Castle
A motte castle near the River Bann, possibly 12th century.

C 8530
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/nigel.bacon/castles/data/ireland/m/mountsandel.htm
Movanagher Bawn/Castle Ruins Plantation Castle and Bawn - a manor house, 2 stories high, 42ft x 26ft, with 4 flankers enclosed by bawn wall 120ft square, 9ft high & 3ft thick with 3 flankers 16ft high. The bawn now encloses an area used as a farmyard. The wall survives at W, S & E - where there is a ruined flanker, with a collapsed roof. One part of the N wall survives within the currently occupied farmhouse.
Kilrea, Movanagher C92031589
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/kilrea.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/plantation/transcripts/lc01_t01.shtml
NISMR database
Muff Castle None




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/muff.htm
http://members.platinum.ca/julee/web/pafweb/pafn10.htm
O'Dohery's Castle (The Magazine) None Tower-House
Templmore, Londonderry, Derry C43501685
NISMR database
O'Hara Castle (Port Stewart Castle, Portstewart Castle)





http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/agherton.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/portstewart.htm
O'Kane Castle None Castle? - "the remains of an old building said to be a castle...the cellar with the steps leading down into it was destroyed c.20 years ago". ???? -- Residence of -- O'Kane Magilligan, Duncrun C68523252
NISMR database
Revellagh Castle Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/ant/brashane.htm
Revellagh Fort Ruins




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/ant/brashane.htm
Rowley's Castle None Castle?
Kilcronaghan, Calmore H82939599
NISMR database
Salterstown Castle Ruins Plantation Castle and Bawn - The map shows a bawn with 2 circular flankers at NW & SE & a 2 storey house along the SW wall. The road from the bawn still follows the same line & excavations 1613 -- Land granted to -- Saters Co.
1641 -- Captured and destroyed by -- Phelim O'Neill
1740s -- Owned by -- McMaster family
Ballinderry, Ballymultrea H95188236
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/t/bderry.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/ballyronan.htm
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/nigel.bacon/castles/data/ireland/s/salterstown.htm
NISMR database
Somerset Castle (The Red Castle) None Castle? - "There was a castle of large size on the site where Somerset House now stands...it was the residence of the George family... This castle was built of bricks & the outside of the walls painted red...there was a balcony round the roof of the castle of so large dimensions that 8 persons could walk abreast...After the demise of Squire George the castle was neglected & became a dilapidated pile. ???? -- Residence of -- The George Family Macosquin, Somerset, Coleraine C84753080
NISMR database
Stormont Castle Full Castle - Gothic? Cleland?


http://www.nics.gov.uk/castle/castle.htm
Tamlaghtard Castle (Magilligan Castle) None




http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/tamlaghtard.htm
Walworth castle (Ballykelly Castle) Ruins
Fishmonger's Co. (c1615)


http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/tamlaghtfinlagan.htm
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/derry/ballykelly.htm

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