David Bigham (b. 1938)
7.0015.00 Select options

David Bigham (b. 1938)


Want unlimited access to the Irish Life and Lore Oral History Archive? Subscribe by purchasing Gold Subscription, Silver Subscription or Bronze Subscription!

Track 1: The Lansdowne Estates, and Derreen House are discussed and how the property came into the Bigham family in 1951 is explained by David Bigham. Track 2: Lord Lansdowne’s response to the Land Acts, the Land Wars and the Land Commission is discussed. Track 3: A collection of old family photograph albums is examined and discussed. Track 4: Lady Lansdowne, nee Hope, grandmother to David Bigham is recalled. Track 5: David Bigham discusses his parents, their English home and his own holidays in Derreen as a child. Track 6: Sporting life at Derreen in the past and in present times, is discussed. Track 7: Photographs of Derreen, showing the landscape, the gardens, furniture and secret passages are all discussed, as is smuggling in the area in the past. Track 8: The annual school feast which was organised by the Lansdownes in former times for the local schoolchildren is recalled. Track 9: The guests at Derreen over the years are recalled. Track 10: David Bigham discusses an old photograph showing well known gardener at Derreen, Danny Shea, posing with David’s grandfather. Track 11: Sailing at Derreen in the present time is discussed by David Bigham.

Additional information


Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, first series


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

7.07 MB, 3.98 MB, 2.72 MB, 2.69 MB, 9.22 MB, 6.25 MB, 6.44 MB, 7.37 MB, 1.43 MB, 6.92 MB, 6.12 MB, 4.72 MB

Number of files:


Product ID:



Derreen House and Gardens, Lauragh, Co Kerry

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe