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Francis Faunt
fantstown castle
Date: May 4, 2009 3:44:15 PM PDT
Author: Francis Faunt

Lewes in 1837 gave the description"On the summit of a gentle eminence are the ruins of Fauntstown castle, erected by the Faunt family in the reign of Jas. I.;" How and when did this become Fantstown?
 

 

John
Fantstown Castle
Date: May 6, 2009 11:35:38 AM PDT
Author: John

The Faunt,Fant and Font names seem to be just different
sides of the same coin so as to speak. The spelling may
differ from one family to the other even though they are of
the same lineage. I m not sure how long Fantstown has its
current name but in the local area maps of 1847 it is
referred to as Fantstown. I will research this more and post
my results as soon as I have an answer.
Also it is not entirely accurate that the castle was erected
during the reign of James 1 (1603-1613). It was built in the
late 1200s, early 1300s but was restructured in the early
1600s. The castle was knocked down half way and the gun
turrets were added. The bottom 3 floors are the original
structure. Thanks for your input and i look forward to any
information you may have in the future.
Last modified by John on May 6 2009 12:25PM
 

 

Francis Faunt
Fauntstown
Date: May 13, 2009 4:09:13 PM PDT
Author: Francis Faunt

Thanks John, you are a veritable Font of information and I do appreciate your efforts.
 

 

Steve
Fauntstown
Date: Feb 6, 2010 12:12:02 PM PST
Author: Steve

Yes, as a new blogger on this forum I have alot of questions about the linneage, castle, the whereabouts of all the Fants, etc. I appreciate the info on the construction of the castle. Cheers and love that shot of (John?) with Guiness in hand I assume. ---Steve
Originally Posted by Francis Faunt:
Thanks John, you are a veritable Font of information and I do appreciate your efforts.
 

 

molodren
visit.
Date: Aug 13, 2010 9:54:21 AM PDT
Author: molodren

Dear John , I sent you a personal message on your email in regards to my Grandmother,Bridget Moloney,a great aunt of yours.
 

 

PJ McNamus
Fantstown Castle
Date: Jan 15, 2014 6:42:56 AM PST
Author: PJ McNamus

Originally Posted by John:
I m not sure how long Fantstown has its
current name but in the local area maps of 1847 it is
referred to as Fantstown.


In 'The history, topography and antiquities of the county and city of Limerick' by Patrick Fitzgerald and John James M'Gregor, the name is also spelt 'Fantstown' and this book was written in 1826.

Thanks for the interesting site John, I've often wondered about the history of the place. I'm some 6 miles from you by road but I can easily see the castle with binoculars:)
 

 
 
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