Co Kerry, Ireland

Lansdowne Lodge, Kenmare, Co Kerry

In 1761, replanning [of the Lansdowne estate?] was recommenced under the supervision of John Godfrey, but failing health soon caused him to resign.

In 1764 Kenmare was called Nedeen.

About this time the house was built for John Godfrey, the agent for Lord Lansdowne, but he rarely lived there. In 1819 James Hickson, born 1789, who was a kind hearted, easy going man, was appointed Lord Lansdowne's agent for the Lansdowne estate and lived in this house. He was a Doctor of Law (of Kerry) and a Justice of the Peace. He married Barbara Godfrey on 25th January 1820 who was the daughter of Rev William Godfrey and Lucy Day of Kenmare, the niece of Sir John Godfrey of Kilcoleman Abbey (Millfield House) and a descendant of John Godfrey. James died in 1855.

From references or extracts in Glanerought:
Book of the Clergy of the diocese of Ardfert, Hickson, Old Kerry Records, ii, 29.
The Carew Survet Map, dated 1600, still shows Kenmare Old 'as part of the Prior of Innisfallen's land'.
"It is requested that no person will shoot upon the estate of Lord Lansdowne, his Lordship's mountains being strictly poisoned - Lansdowne Lodge, Aug 18th, 1824 - James Hickson"
James Hickson of Lansdowne Lodge was a most popular and respected country gentleman


Lansdowne Lodge, which stood on the outskirts of the town of Kenmare, has been demolished and a housing estate built in its place.