Saturday, January 14, 2017

Castle Leslie...Monaghan

Still owned and operated by direct descendants for 1000 years. The castle was built by McKennas in 1591.This one survived time and the IRA The Leslies had always proved to be extremely kind landlords, particularly during the dreadful period of the Great Famine, 1845-47 and even suspended the payment of rents from ‘hardship’ cases in those years. They also organised ‘relief work’ in the building of an estate wall surrounding their thousand acres at Glaslough, a work that surely saved hundreds of lives, and that particularly wall still stands and is locally called the ‘Famine Wall’ to this day. Nor are there any records of Leslies ever having evicted a tenant in that or any other period of their history 

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