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Bettyfield House
Beechy Park
Ricketstown or Bettyfield,
Co Carlow


Bettyfield House a Georgian period mansion (c.1760 to 1800)
 
OS Map's of the estate sourced from Buildings of Ireland website
Map c.1840

OSi Map 2011

A detached five-bay three-storey over basement house, c.1780, with carved granite dressings including door cases and Diocletian windows to front and to rear. Renovated, c.1825, with portico added, granite window surrounds added to centre and interior remodelled. Stable complex, c.1825, to site.

It was once owned by Benjamin D'israeli, the uncle of the man of the same name who made quite a name for himself as Prime Minister of Great Britain (1874 to 1880). D'israeli (the elder) purchased Beechy Park in 1800. I can't find any information about who originally built the house.

Benjamin D'Israeli of Beechy Park, Rathvilly, bequeathed 3000 for the establishment and support of a non- denominational school "for the education of the poor of Rathvilly". Bough School was completed in 1826 and still stands today, not far from Beechy Park. I think I'm right in saying D'Israeli won some form of early 19th century lottery. The house was later the home to the Rev. Quintin Dick Hume (1806-1871), son of Captain Fitzwilliam Hume of Humewood, Co Wicklow (see:

Source: http://www.turtlebunbury.com/history/history_houses/hist_hse_humewood.html )

Source: Irish Independent, The Irish Times, Buildings of Ireland, Bill Gawne & Turtle Bunbury


D'Israeli School


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