Monday, 3 February 2014

Heraldry at Benburb

Some sources suggest the name Benburb, roughly translates as 'proud peak'. This Plantation bawn is perched on the summit of a limestone cliff towering 200 feet above the River Blackwater. It was built in 1611-14 by Sir Richard Wingfield (later Viscount Powerscourt) who was granted 1,000 acres here from James I. An earlier castle on or close to the site was the "chief seat" of the celebrated Shane O'Neill, before it was burnt in 1566.

Here you see Wingfield coat of arms, motto, supporters and Viscount coronet. Below this is the building that has the arms at a crossroads in the village.


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