Thomas Taylor, a surveyor from Sussex, came to Ireland as an assistant to Sir William Petty to draw up the Down Survey.
He purchased extensive lands around Kells. In the 1760s his successors commissioned the design of Headfort House by the architect George Semple. Headfort House contains the only intact Robert Adams interiors in Ireland, which are currently being restored under the aegis of the World Monuments Fund. Groups can be shown around by prior arrangement. (more...)
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See the original sketches by Robert Adam between 1771 and 1775, commissioned by the 1st Earl of Bective for a suite of rooms for the newly completed house.