CLANBRASSILL, JAMES HAMILTON, 2ND EARL OF
- Born: 1730 Died: 1798
Amateur. James Hamilton, who succeeded his father as second Earl of Clanbrassill in 1758, is credited with designing the steeple follies ('Lord Limerick's follies') on the demesne wall of the family seat at Tollymore Park, Co. Down, and perhaps also the barbican gate and the rock hermitage.(1) As a sixteen-year-old he had been taught mathematics and drawing in Dundalk by his father's protégé THOMAS WRIGHT.& #160; The designs attributed to him, if not ideed by Wright himself, clearly reflect Wright's influence.(2)
Alistair Rowan, 'Georgian Castles in Ireland I', BIGS 7 (No. 1, Jan-Mar 1964), 11-12.
(2) P.J. Rankin, Historic Buildings…in the Mourne area of South Down (UAHS, 1975), 15(illus.),16,18-19 (illus.).