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Burncourt castle consists of a long main block with a square tower at each corner. The door is of good workmanship, and the interior, which is now empty was lighted by a myriad of two-and three-mullioned windows. In the interior walls there are a number of fireplaces which are no longer in a good state of preservation. Parts of the bawn, with a corner turret, can still be seen nearby.

The castle originally had 26 gables and 7 tall chimney stacks. A stone once over the doorway and now built into a wall at the entrance to the nearby farmyard bears the date 1641 – the year the castle was built by Sir Richard Everard who occupied it until it was burned by Cromwell in 1650 (hence the name). After Sir Richard was hanged by Ireton in the following year, the castle seems to have remained a ruin.

An old rhyme says that ‘it was seven years in building, seven years living in it, and fifteen days it was burning.