If you've ever fancied being the lord or lady of the manor, albeit a ruined one, for a modest enough €225,000, a castle overlooking a lake can be yours.
Sigginstown Castle, whose origins date back many hundreds of years, has come on to the market and according to auctioner John Keane 'is a peach that will make a wonderful residence.'
Set in five acres, the old castle consisting of a square tower of considerable strength, is said to have been built by the old Anglo-Norman family of de Sygan. They had settled in Tacumshane after Strongbow's invasion in 1172, and remained until 1641 when they were dispossessed in the Cromwellian Confiscations.
The castle ruins include a spiral staircase, a lookout and a machicolation from which boiling oil might have been poured on the unwary. The castle tower and the attached derelict house could become someone's grand design, subject to a big enough bank balance.
The 'Treasures of Tacumshane' publication says the earliest record refers to Thomas Syggen of 1342. There is also a Thomas Sygens recorded in 1550.
An N.Siggin - son of Richard - is recorded as inheriting 120 acres at Sigginstown, and a water mill in 1633. Edward Siggins was the last of the family in possession of Sigginstown Castle and lands which went on to become the property of William Jacob. It is said that he was responsible for introducing conscription to this area. He died in 1668. By 1702 it was owned by the Rev. John Jacob, who died in 1790 and is buried in the churchyard of Ishartmon.
In the early 19th Century a family by the name of Heron were said to have lived at the castle. Apparently they had five children, all of whom died very young. At this time the property was still in the ownership of the Jacob family through a son who, it is reported, was 'of a weak mind was cared for by one of his sisters who had married a farmer named Michael Wilson'.
Her son who inherited it is stated to have 'alieniated most of the property and now lives in the half ruined house adjoining the old tower of Sigginstown Castle'.
In 1840 the castle was described as being in good preservation, measuring on the water side 25 feet by 23 feet, 7 inches, and about 50 feet high, and that it was much used as a store by a farmer whose house is built against it.
Ownership has continued in the Wilson family ever since.
They lived there up until the beginning of the 20th Century. Family members around this period included Fanny Wilson, who died in 1914; and Mary Kate Wilson, who married Richard Pierce. Mary Kate's grandson, also a Richard Pierce, who lives at Balwinstown, is the current owner.
'It's steeped in history and would lend itself to re-furbishment and has the ideal setting beside the lakes,' said John.