School: Greenanstown (roll number 10019)

Greenanstown, Co. Meath
Máiréad M.Uí Nualláin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0685, Page 285

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  1. The Caddell family came into possession of this estate about the beginning of the 16th century. A Caddell resided in the Naul. He gave fifteen acres to the Lord Deputy who was going on an expedition against O'Neill of Tyrone. There is also mention of the name Caddell in Dean Butler's 'History of Trim.' It seems the Caddells were relatives of Hugh de Lacy and must have settled on the borders of Meath and Dublin.
    The present Herbertstown House is a modern structure, early 18th century. It is splendidly built with chiselled stone. It cost 7/20,000. A portion of the old dwelling can still be seen at the back of the present "Big" House.
    Cromwell's forces passed through Herbertstown on their way to Drogheda. They plundered and sacked the house, desecrated the chapel, lopping off the arms of a life-size statue of the Redeemer taken down from the Cross.
    The soldiers camped in one of the fields. During the night, both horses and men were stricken by a foul disease - being over-run and eaten alive by vermin. This field is known as the Lousy Lea. The Cromwellians continued on their way to Drogheda. Cromwell calling a halt on the way and tying his horse to the a bush - called Cromwell's Bush.
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