West Cork History





Present by Daniel Sullivan, Berehaven, West Cork, to Richard Boyle, The Great Earl of Cork, c 1636 of Harvey Apples, Bon Chretien and Bergamotte pears, Arbutus for his new garden at Stalbridge Park, Dorset and Irelands first horticultural export The Strawberry Tree’ (Arbutus unedo) from 1580s.

Around this time Boyle’s reach extended into the Schull area where he acquired property by mortgage

Richard Boyle:

In his Lismore Estate he had apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, and cherries and wherever possible acquired Irish stock.

His gardens at Stalbridge Park, Dorset were laid out by Isaac de Caus.

The strawberry tree was very much in demand in England during the 17th century.

Courtesy Terence Reeves-Smyth ‘Irish Gardens and Gardening before Cromwell’, quoting Townsend on ‘The Great Earl of Cork’ p. 296

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