Construction of the castle began in 1175. Richard Talbot was granted the “lands and harbour of Malahide” by Henry II the King of England, Lord of Ireland. Talbot was a knight that had travelled with the King during a visit to Ireland. The castle and lands stayed in the Talbot family for nearly 800 years the exception being for 10 years when Oliver Cromwell (Booooo!!!) gave it to his Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer Miles Corbet. With the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 the castle once again retuned to the hands of the Talbots. If all these names are starting to make your head swim this is a deliberate effort on my part to make this blog post read like a chapter from the popular Game of Thrones.
The Tablot family sold the castle and grounds to the Irish state in 1975 to help pay inheritance tax. The grounds and castle are open to the public and the insides recently restored to give an indication of how people used to live there. The grounds are wonderful and the Talbot botanic gardens are just behind the castle. They are a testament to the love of the 7th Lord Talbot de Malahide for plant collection.
I will need to visit the grounds again for further pinholing as I have just read that the grounds are one of the few surviving examples of 18th century landscaped parks. I had hoped that I could find some link between Malahide Castle Talbot family and the inventor of photography Henry Fox Talbot, but alas, the only link I could find was in my own brain and now this blog post.
Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Rollei Digibase CR 200 Pro
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit