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Castle Otway,


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A mid 18th century house with a huge largely 19th century tower house at it's back.

The tower house at the rear of the structure incorporates part of the original Cloghane Castle which was granted to John Otway in 1665 and later renamed Castle Otway.

The 18th century house, 7 bay front with a pedimented break front centre is considered to have been built by the same architect as Lissenhall, another house of the Otways.

Castle Otway was burnt in 1922 during the troubles.

The famous Castle Otway harp, formerly owned by the Otway family but now owned by Trinity college, Dublin  was made in 1707 by Cormac O'Kelly. The Castle Otway harp passed to Patrick Quin, a harper who played on it at the Belfast meeting in 1792.

Castle Otway was the family home of Admiral Sir Robert Waller Otway, 1st Baronet, a senior Royal Navy officer who served extensively as a sea captain during the Napoleonic War and later supported the Brazilian cause during the Brazilian War of Independence. During his long service, Otway saw action across Europe and in North America and was rewarded in his retirement with a knighthood, baronetcy and position as a courtier within the Royal Household.

General Sir Loftus William Otway, younger brother of Admiral Robert Waller Otway, was an experienced and professional cavalry commander of British forces during the Peninsula War who saw extensive service under Sir John Moore in the Corunna Campaign and Wellington in the remainder of the campaign. General Sir Loftus William Otway was posted to Ireland in October 1796, prior to the outbreak of the 1798 Rebellion. Otway's service in quelling the uprising is not clear, but he was certainly present at the Battle of Vinegar Hill on 21 June 1798, when his unit was employed in riding down the panicking rebels at the collapse of the rebellion.

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Castle Otway