Monday, 29 February 2016

Altinaghree Castle

THE FAMILY OF OGILBY OWNED 7,050 ACRES OF LAND IN COUNTY TYRONE

WILLIAM OBILBY JP, (1808-73), of Altinaghree Castle, Donemana, County Tyrone, from a cadet branch of OGILBY OF ARDNARGLE AND PELLIPAR, an eminent barrister and zoologist, High Sheriff of County Tyrone, 1873, married, in 1851, Adelaide Charlotte, daughter of the Hon and Rev Charles Douglas (brother of George Sholto, 17th Earl of Morton), by his first wife, Lady Isabella Gore, daughter of Arthur Saunders, 2nd Earl of Arran, and had issue,
CLAUD WILLIAM LESLIE;
James Douglas (1853-1925);
William Charles, 1855-6;
Adelaide Charlotte; Isabella Caroline;
Beatrice Emma Elizabeth; Louisa; Edith Sophia.
Mr Ogilby was succeeded by his eldest son,

CLAUD WILLIAM LESLIE OGILBY (1851-94), who married, in 1875, Bessie Henrietta, daughter of Captain William Grant Douglas, by whom he had no issue.

His brother,

JAMES DOUGLAS OGILBY (1853-1925), married, in 1884, Mary Jane Jameson (d 1894) at Donagheady parish church, County Tyrone.


ALTINAGHREE CASTLE, near Donemana, County Tyrone, is a large, derelict mansion thought to have been built ca 1860 by William Ogilby.

The house was said to be splendidly appointed and had a banqueting room, though is now ruinous.


It is constructed from cut stone.
James Douglas Ogilby, who later became a famous ichthyologist in Australia, eloped with a factory seamstress, Mary Jane Jamieson, in 1884. He subsequently migrated to Australia, where he was appointed to the Australian Museum in 1885.
The castle was abandoned in 1885, a mere twenty years after its construction.

It cannot be listed because it is roofless.

First published in February, 2014.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hats off to the stonemasons. Remarkable stonework condition after 130 years of abandonment! VC

brian.cousins@hotmail.co.uk said...

Beautiful stonemasonary- as a photographer I would really love to chronicle the building before it falls into complete ruin.