Edgeworthstown House

  • And old picture of Edgeworthstown House.

  • Artists representation of Edgeworthstown House.

  • Another artists representation of Edgeworthstown House.

  • Representation of the library at Edgeworthstown House.

A brief history

Longford Horticulture is situated on the grounds of Edgeworthstown House which was built by Richard Edgeworth in the mid-1720s. He was descended from Francis Edgeworth, who was granted land in the area in 1619 during the Plantation of Longford. The town that now bears the family’s name was originally called Mostrim (Meathas Troim).

EDGEWORTHSTOWN, or MOSTRIM, a market and post-town, and a parish, in the barony of ARDAGH, county of LONGFORD, and province of LEINSTER, 6 ¾ miles (E. by S.) from Longford, on the road to Mullingar, and 52 (W. N. W.) from Dublin; containing 4744 inhabitants, of which number, 1001 are in the town, which takes its name from its proprietors, the family of Edgeworth, distinguished for their literary talents.

In 1798 it was entered by a party of the insurgents, after the landing of the French in Kilcummin bay, when the mansion, from which the family had hastily retired, was left untouched. It contains 167 houses, and has a neat and improving appearance, the greater part having been rebuilt. It has a constabulary police station, and a dispensary. The market is on Wednesday; and fairs are held on the day before Shrove-Tuesday, May 5th, July 2nd, Sept. 12th, Nov. 5th, and the third Wednesday in December. The parish comprises 8126 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act.

From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837

Richard Lovell’s daughter, Maria (1767-1849) is now the most famous member of the family. She was a novelist and inherited her father’s wide interests. In due course, the house passed to another distinguished family member, Maria’s nephew Francis Ysidro Edgeworth (1845-1926). He was a statistician and economist, who had a professorship at Oxford University.

Francis died unmarried and Edgeworthstown House passed to a relative, Mrs C.F. Montague. In 1935, it was purchased by Bernard Noonan, a native of the area who lived in the U.S.A. Later, Mr Noonan donated the house and some land to the Sisters of Mercy.

They carried out major renovations and established a nursing home, which they continued to run until 2009.