For Castle Leslie, history has been a case of politics, royalty and war. The Leslie family has lived here since 1665. Their non-conformist ancestors include warlike bishops, politicians, social reformers, agricultural innovators, philanthropic wives, fine pre-Raphaelite painters, furniture collectors, writers and war heroes. They’ve been connected with royalty, ambassadors and prime ministers, and regularly visited by foreign emigres, wits, poets and infamous kleptomaniacs.
The family is still very involved with the running of the Castle, one of the few Irish properties still in private hands.