N4147 : The Jealous Wall (closer view)

taken 17 years ago, 4 km W of Gaybrook, Co Westmeath, Ireland

The Jealous Wall  (closer view)
The Jealous Wall (closer view)
The largest folly in Ireland, built about 1760.
The story of the Jealous Wall and the sadness and cruelty that surrounded the lives of the Rochfort family, is well known. The first Earl of Belvedere, Robert Rochfort, married the young and beautiful Mary Molesworth. After she bore several children he locked her up aged 20 in his old family home at Gaulstown, for suspected adultery.
She remained a prisoner for the better part of her life, and was only released on the death of her tyrannical husband. It is said that he erected the Jealous Wall to block out the view of his brother's nearby mansion, Tudenham, because he suspected him of fancying his wife too. It is one of several remarkable follies which may be seen in the parkland at Belvedere.
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N4147, 25 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 3 May, 2006   (more nearby)
Thursday, 11 May, 2006
Folly   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! N 41 47 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.5670N 7:22.5433W
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