Originally built by the Anglo-Norman Savage family, who had been influential in the area since the 12th century, Quintin Castle was leased to the Smith family in the 16th century. It was bought from them by Sir Hugh Montgomery’s son, Sir James Montgomery, in the early 17th century. Remarkably, Sir James’s untimely death would be directly connected with the Smiths. Sailing from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to London his ship was attacked by pirates and he was mortally wounded by a cannon ball. The pirates boarded the ship but were eventually captured and hung. One of their number was a Smith of Quintin Castle, whose relations were friends of Montgomery’s. The castle has undergone many renovations over the centuries.
One of the few occupied Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland, Quintin Castle is private property but can be viewed from the road or beach. Call 028 4272 9882 or visit www.visitstrangfordlough.co.uk for more information.