An old castle of the Maguires;
sold early C19 by Constantine Maguire, whose younger brother,
Captain Bryan Maguire, a celebrated duelist and eccentric,
succeeded him as chief of his race and died destitute in Dublin
1835, leaving an only surviving son, the last of his line, who
went to sea and was never heard of again.
Tempo was acquired by William
Tennent, a Belfast banker, whose daughter and heiress was the wife
of Sir James Emerson-Tennent, MP, a distinguished politician,
colonial administrator and writer.
A new house, incorporating part
of the old castle, was built 1863; it has been attributed by Mr
Dixon and Dr Rowan to Thomas Turner, of Belfast. It is in a rather
Victorian-Jacobean style, with a strong resemblance to Kintullagh
Castle, co Antrim and Killashee, co Kildare.
Curvilinear gables' rectangular
and round-headed plate glass windows, some of them having
entablatures crowned with strap work. Of 2 storeys, the upper
storey being in fact an attic in the high-pitched roof. At one end
is a turret with a belfry and spire.
Tempo subsequently passed by
marriage to the Langham family. The park here is said to be the
scene of Maria Edgeworth's novel, Castle Rackrent.
Burke's Guide to Country Houses: Volume I Ireland pp. 271