Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. DERRY, LEARMOUNT CASTLE

Name: ELSAM, RICHARD #
Building: CO. DERRY, LEARMOUNT CASTLE
Date: 1808
Nature: Castellated villa for John Claudius Beresford. Unexecuted. Almost identical to design for 'chateau' for Henry Blake, signed 'Rd Elsam 25 Old Sackville Street Dublin', whereabouts unknown, photo. in IAA (71/97 R1)
Refs: R. Elsam, Practical Builder's Perpetual Price-Book (1825), fp.,160.(2 views of Learmount from SW and SW exhibited by Gaspare Gabrielli at Society of Artists of Ireland, 1810, nos. 172,197)

Name: UNKNOWN ARCHITECT
Building: CO. DERRY, LEARMOUNT CASTLE
Date: 1835ca
Nature: 'The principal seat is Learmont, the elegant residence of Barré Beresford, Esq., which he is enlarging and finishing in the Elizabethan or Tudor style'. (Described in OS memoir, 1832, as consisting of small low rectangular front, built 'about a century ago' by Capt. Montgomery with a square building in the rear flanked by 4 small round towers built by John Claudius Beresford '30 years ago'; house in bad order, but proprietor 'intends to enlarge the front'.)
Refs: S. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), II, 248; Angélique Day & Patrick McWilliams, Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Vol. 28, 8-9