Friday, 12 June 2020

Glenarm Castle: 1824


GLENARM CASTLE, THE SEAT OF ANNE CATHERINE, COUNTESS OF ANTRIM suo jure, FROM ENGRAVINGS BY JOHN PRESTON NEALE


"This noble edifice stands on the sea-shore, near the bay of the same name, in a situation remarkable for its natural beauties.

In Plate I is represented the principal entrance to the Castle, over a bridge, which formerly led to the town of Glenarm, a new bridge, seen in the distance in our View, has been erected under the direction of the present proprietors, nearer to the sea, with a better access to the town; and, by the skill of W Morrison, the architect, a grand and imposing effect has been given to the Mansion by the erection of a gateway, corresponding in appearance with the remains of the ancient castle.



THE general view of this noble building is given in Plate II in which the opposite side of the entrance gateway and old bridge is seen; under is a Fall of Water.

The Castle here presents a most noble appearance; its curious towers and gable rising behind the walls which enclose it.

The mansion has been lately rebuilt by William Morrison.

It has been in the possession of the noble family of MacDonnell for some centuries.

A monastery was also built at Glenarm in 1465, by Robert Bisset, a native of Scotland, which, together with the lands belonging thereunto, were granted to Alexander MacDonnell, an ancestor of its present owner."

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Thomas Milton (1743-1827), also engraved the Castle (above) ca 1790.

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