Classiebawn Castle is a country house built for The 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784–1865) on what was formerly a 10,000-acre estate on the Mullaghmore peninsula near the village of Cliffoney, County Sligo.
The current castle was largely built in the late 19th century.
The property passed down to The 3rd Viscount Palmerston, the statesman who served as both British Prime Minister and British Foreign Secretary.
It was this Lord Palmerston who commissioned the building of the current Classiebawn Castle and the harbour at Mullaghmore.
In 1916, the house was cleared and remained empty until 1950. It was inherited by Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, in July 1939 who, with her husband Admiral of the Fleet The 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
After his wife’s death in February 1960, Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, spent his summers there until his death, when his boat was blown up off the coast of Mullaghmore by the IRA in August 1979.
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