6. Ballymagauran / Ballymagovern Castle / 2
The name 'Castle' is a mis-nomer; the structure of Ballymagauran Castle was a Fortified Jacobean stone house surounded by a substantial ditch.
The house was only inhabited for about thirty years and fell in to dissuse after the Cromwellian Wars because it would have been vunerable to the new heavy artillary. .
Artist's impression of Ballymagauran Castle as it could have been.
Ballymagauran Castle from the west
Additional sources of information:
A good description and history are available on the Wiki page at: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballymagauran
An Historical Account of the Plantation in Ulster. Rev. George Hill 1872, republished 1972 pp 339 & 474.
The Castles of County Cavan, Oliver.Davies (1947), pp 94 - 95
Geneology and Histroical Notices of the MacGauran or McGovern Clan, Joseph Henry McGovern, Liverpool Published 1890. This booklet consists of a very brief history of the MaGauran clan heavly complimented by extracts from many other sources including the Annals of the Four Masters, The Calendar of State Papers of Ireland (Elizabethan). It is available in both Ballinamore and Cavan County libraries.