Fermanagh Gold Introduction
TEMPO MANOR, Enniskillen


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.

Source: Burke's Guide to Country Houses: Volume I Ireland pp. 271