Eighteenth Century Decline

There was a hiatus in the Butler family occupation of the castle between Ormonde's exile and the return of his cousins from the Kilcash branch, to the castle. During that time various agents lived there and they reported that the premises were in a 'ruinous state' as early as 1721. Some money was expended for essential repairs in 1722, but twenty-five years later a visitor was comparing the castle's decrepit state to that of 'a weatherbeaten ship in a storm, after a long voyage with all her cargo thrown overboard'.
James Butler (1665-1745), 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Artist Unknown, after M. Dahl