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Roche Castle Reports

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"Roche Castle was briefly the home of Sir John Perrot's son Sir Thomas. Sir John's property was seized by the Crown - following his attainder in 1592 - but his daughter Dorothy (Devereaux) recovered some of it helped by his cousin, Thomas Perrot of the Brook (just a mile from Roche Castle.) Thomas also first helped but later contested the claims of Sir John's illegitimate son Sir James for a major share of the family inheritance between 1611-39. Sir James finally left everything to Sir Herbert P of Hereford. - a very distant relative - in 1637 and Roche may well have passed to them. Then later to the Sackville-Crowe family at the end of the 17th century, along with Westmead which Sir James occupied before moving to Haroldston.)

It all boils down to that fact we just don't know much about Roche Castle at all really - but the bit in Mary Curtis about an agreement with the later (?) Perrots about keeping the gryst mill and dovecote is also very interesting.

The 1962 Butler report confirms the remains of a mill by the Mackerels stream and the early O.S. maps shows Roche Castle Cottage was a fairly substantial building. it wasn't demolished until 1959.

We do know for certain that our Thomas P (b 1750) owned Roche Castle Cottage in 1815 when he left it to his brother John. Also that his grandson Edmund John P was living there in 1851.

Description of Roche Castle by Mary Curtis

When Mary Curtis wrote her book in 1878 Edmund had moved and was the landlord of The Pelican on King St. (Owned until very recently by the mother of the famous actor Rufus Sewell and formerly the home of Dylan Thomas' parents. Dylan visited often and wrote 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' there in 1951 about his fathers's final illness.)" Roche Castle LHS + Roche Castle Report 1962 +Mary Curtis Ant. of Laugharne p 92

Roche Castle Remains 2000

See also Thomas Rede for an account of the history of Roche Castle





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