NAME Roebuck Castle
AREA LOCATION Dundrum,
MAP LOCATION OSI maps of 1838-1845 and 1898-1913 place it in the townland of Roebuck and it is annotated as Roebuck Castle
GENERAL This is a very early site with residents listed in the 11th century and at one time had a moat. The castle was described as ‘a capital mansion house built in the castellated style consisting of a parlour, drawing room, library and breakfast room, with five bed chambers and servants apartments.’ (Brassington 1832). It was remodelled or rebuilt in 1788 for Thomas, Baron Trimlestown by Samuel Sproule. It had a conservatory designed by Richard Turner of the Hammersmith Iron Foundry in Dublin. It also had an elaborated Fernery which the Westby family commissioned. This was build by Kennans of Dublin to a design by Moncur and MacKenzie. The house was on 60 acres in 1943, with two cottages, a gate lodge and four granite cottages on the property. The gatelodge survices withthe Westby coated of arms. It's a Victorian creation with it's gothic treble arched windows, treble arched bay and a abundance of elaborate stone carving but it is hiding a much older house.
YEAR BUILT circa 1788
VALUATION In 1882 the valuation was 273 pounds and in the 1911 census it is noted as having 26 rooms occupied by family.
ARCHITECT Remodelled for James Crofton in the late 18th century by Samuel Sproule.
SOURCES Thom’s directories, contemporaneous newspapers, Brassington 1832, NAI Census & Wills
Le Brun Family
1783 Mr Towers
1790 Robert Barnhall, Baron Trimleston
1810 James Crofton, Irish Treasury and a commissioner for the construction of Kingstown Harbour.
1832 Francis Crofton
1848 A Burgh Crofton
1855 Mrs Crofton
1856 - 1900 Edward Perceval Westby, JP
1900 - 1930 Francis Vandeleur Westby, JP, DL
1931 - 1940 Mrs Westby
1943 For Sale
1943 - 1953 Little Sisters of the Poor
1985 - 2013 UCD - Law Building
2013 - todate UCD - Commercial, Residential and Hospitality
1850 Judith Timmons - Gatekeeper
1911 Richardson Clarke - Butler
John McCausland - Footman
Elizabeth Townsend - Cook
Alice Bruison - Housemaid
Mary Scanlon - Housemaid
Mary Murray - Kitchenmaid
1911 - 1942 Frederick Simmons - Gardener (Roebuck Castle Cottage)
1925 William Kaye, a landscape gardener living at the gatelodge.
1940 Samuel Willoughby - Gardener (Roebuck Castle Cottage)
1958 Hugh Crawford - Gardener
STATUS Extant and a protected structure.
CONTRIBUTOR © June Bow, Catherine Brugha & Karen Poff
DATE 20 March 2017