Bishopscourt, Isle of Man

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Bishopcourt House on the A3 Castletown to Ramsey Road, Isle of Man.

Bishopscourt (previously known as Ballacurry Manx: the farm of McCurry or O'Curry)[1] consists of a Seventeenth Century Mansion House, the St Nicholas (Private Chapel) in the Church of England Diocese of Sodor & Man and the former estate of Ballachurry or Bishopscourt Manse. Previously the official residence of the Bishop of Sodor and Man, the current Bishopscourt House and estate is now in private ownership.

Bishopscourt is situated near Kirk Michael on the primary A3 Castletown to Ramsey road adjacent the 16th Milestone road-side marker on the Snaefell Mountain Course and the tertiary C19 Orrisdale Loop Road. The Bishopscourt Manse and the Bishop's Glen forms the boundary of the parishes of Michael and Ballaugh in the Isle of Man.


The current residence dates from the Seventeenth Century and the former moated King Orry's Tower and residence was rebuilt by Bishop Thomas Wilson from 1698 after finding the 'house in ruins nothing but an sentient tower and chapel remaining entire.' The previous timbered residence was rebuilt by Bishop Thomas Wilson in the present castellated baronial style and enlarged by Bishop Claudius Crigan from 1784 onwards. The King Orry's Tower was repaired and restored by Bishop Crigan in preparation 'to reside at Bishopscourt, to repair and even rebuild the ruins of which as all was ruins has cost a very severe expense.'[2] The medieval chapel adjacent to King Orry's Tower which dated from 1651 was demolished circa 1815 and replaced by a Georgian Chapel on the same site. This chapel was in turn replaced a Victorian Gothic Chapel of St. Nicholas on a slightly different site by Bishop Horatio Powys.[3] Further renovation occurred when a fire in 1893 destroyed the hall section of Bishopscourt house.[4]


  1. ^ Place Names of the Isle of Man by John Kneen MA pp446 (1970) Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh The Scolar Press
  2. ^ Athol Papers 117-10
  3. ^ An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Isle of Man by David T.Webber Revised by Frank Cowin and F.J.Radcliffe pp 22 (1997) The Manx Experience ISBN 1-873120-25-7
  4. ^ The Fort at Bishopscourt, Isle of Man by R A Curphy page 8 Medieval Archaeology

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Coordinates: 54°17′59″N 4°34′15″W / 54.29972°N 4.57083°W / 54.29972; -4.57083