Thursday Doors : October 27, 2016

Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie estate

We recently attended a wedding at the very lovely Castle Leslie estate in County Monaghan.   This is a private 1000 acre country estate in Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, near the border with Northern Ireland.    The estate is owned by the Leslie family, or Clan Leslie, originally Scottish, and this is what Wikipedia says about the estate:

Castle Leslie hit the headlines in 2002 when Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in the family church located on the estate, followed by a wedding banquet for 300 guests prepared by then executive chef, Noel McMeel. This secret was inadvertently divulged to the media by Sir Jack Leslie, who notoriously remarked on live television “it’s on Tuesday, but it’s a secret”. More recently, in 2008, the castle was the venue of the launch of RAPID IRELAND (Rescue and Preparedness in Disasters, Ireland), a sister rescue charity to RAPID UK. The event was hosted by Sir Jack Leslie and Baron Oranmore and Browne, and attended by a number of ambassadors and dignitaries, including HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Throughout the years many a famous face has frequented the house including Irish poet WB Yeats, Irish statesman General Michael Collins, Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger, British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and the Duc de Valentinois, not to mention various members of the Churchill family (to whom the Leslies are related).



From reading the above, it seems that many famous hands may have touched the door knocker!

Castle Leslie

Winston Churchill’s christening gown

And this is the christening gown of Winston Churchill, on display in one of the rooms of the castle, as mentioned above, the Churchills and the Leslies were related.    It looks like Sir Winston was a particularly large baby!


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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Norm 2.0
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 16:41:07

    Nice one Joan. I’ve always wondered why the knocker is so often positioned rather low on the door like that. I would think that somewhere around mid-chest level would be more practical, but perhaps there’s more to it that I’m not aware of.

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  2. Su Leslie
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 20:15:02

    I just can’t help imagining an ageing Winston Churchill with cigar and bowler hat, dressed in a frilly white gown. Thank you for this funny, funny image!

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  3. sultanabun
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 16:14:18

    The Churchills related to the Leslies? I had no idea. Great post!



  4. sustainabilitea
    Nov 07, 2016 @ 14:00:46

    A venerable old door. It must have been so much fun to attend a wedding there!


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