Sigginstown Castle

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Sigginstown Castle History

Castle History

We have inherited this information from various sources
Part of our journey is to research, validate and find out more!
Thanks to the "Treasures of Tacumshane" and "Carnsore Chronicles" for this information

The Normans and De Sygens

This old castle, consisting of a square tower of considerable strength, is said to have been built by the old Anglo-Norman family of de Sygan. They had settled here after Strongbow’s invasion in 1172, and remained until 1641 when they were dispossessed in the Cromwellian Confiscations. 

From  A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837: The earliest mention I have  of the family of Syggen is in the Memoranda Rolls, 16 Edw. III. 1342, when David fitz David, and Nicholas fitz Gerald de Rupe (Roche), Thomas Syggen and Adam Avereys were the sureties for Richard Whitty, formerly sheriff of the County, who were called on to produce him before the Barons of the Exchequer at Dublin, to render an account of his office. Where this Thomas Syggen lived or how long he and his ancestors had been in the County before this I cannot say.

 There is also a Thomas Sygens recorded in 1550.

Dispossession & Rebellion

N. Siggin – son of Richard – is recorded as inheriting 120 acres at Sigginstown, and a water mill in 1633. He died on Christmas Eve in 1629. His wife, Margaret (Nee Synott), was alive in 1634. Edward Siggins was the last of the family in possession of Sigginstown Castle and lands.

After Cromwell, most of the Irish lost their castles and the SIggins family went to other parts of Ireland

Their lands became the property of William Jacob. It is said that he was responsible for introducing conscription to this area. He died in 1668. By 1702 it was owned by the Rev. John Jacob, who died in 1790 and is buried in the churchyard of Ishartmon.

An 1811 map published by Valentine Gill shows people connected with the 1798 rebellion. A Mr. Willson is shown associated with Syganstown.

19th century

In the early 19th century a family by the name of Heron were said to have lived at the castle. Apparently they had five children, all of whom died very young. At this time the property was still in the ownership of the Jacob family through a son who, it is reported, was ‘of a weak mind was cared for by one of his sisters who had married a farmer named Michael Wilson’.

Her son who inherited it is stated to have ‘alieniated most of the property and now lives in the half ruined house adjoining the old tower of Sigginstown Castle’. An 1833 tithe record shows John Wilson in Sigginstown, and Griffith Valuation shows John Wilson  with many tenants circa 1850

In 1840 the castle was described as being in good preservation, measuring on the water side 25 feet by 23 feet, 7 inches, and about 50 feet high, and that it was much used as a store by a farmer whose house is built against it.

20th Century

Fanny(Frances) Wilson – died in  1914 and Mary Kate Wilson married a Richard Pierce (1911 census). Mary Kate's grandson Richard Pierce inherited the property. He sold it to us in May 2016.

The old postcard shows the castle in a ruined state circa 1909. It was taken by Benjamin Browne who had lived in Tacumshane, emigrated to Philadelphia, PA and returned to photograph the area and his relatives.