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Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Artist: Roberts, T. S

Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured

Date: 1796

Shelfmark: Ktop LII

Item number: 40

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland. The castle in the aquatint is the third to be built on this site - a wooden lodge was built here in the 10th century which was then replaced with a stone castle in 1210. The third and largest castle was constructed by Dermont McCarthy, King of Munster in 1465. At one time the castle was owned by Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster. He is said to have supplied Robert the Bruce 4,000 men for the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314; In gratitude Bruce gave Cormack half of the Stone of Scone - this is now known as the Blarney stone. The stone is renowned for giving the gift of eloquence to whomever kisses it and has been built into the battlements of the castle.

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