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View of the Castle of Laugharn in Caermarthenshire, west Wales

View of the Castle of Laugharn in Caermarthenshire, west Wales

Artist: Robertson, Archibald

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVI

Item number: 34b

Genre: Topographical Print

Castle of Laugharn in Caemarthenshire, Wales. The castle is situated on a low cliff overlooking the Taf estuary and was built on the site of an earlier 12th century Norman castle. It was originally known as Abercorran Castle. The stone castle seen here was built by the Brian family in the mid 13th century, with Guy de Brain I constructing an inner keep with 2 towers in 1248. Additions were made by succeeding generations of the de Brian family. In 1488 the lordship and castle passed to the earls of Northumberland and then in 1575, Elizabeth I granted Laugharn Castle to Sir John Perrot who converted the old medieval castle into a comfortable Tudor mansion. Perrot was sentenced to death for high treason in 1592. An inventory of the castle made after his death suggested that it was in poor condition and that it soon fell into ruin.

The Welsh poet and writer, Dylan Thomas, lived just a few hundred yards from this castle, from 1949 until his death in 1953.

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