Rothe House and Garden

Parliament Street , Kilkenny , Co. Kilkenny

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About Rothe House and Garden

Rothe House and Garden is located at Parliament Street in Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny.

Rothe House is a unique example of an early 17th century merchant's townhouse complete with an authentic 17th century urban garden.

It was built between 1594 and 1610 by John Rothe Fitz Piers who constructed it on the Burgage Plot he acquired as one of the city's leading citizens. The Rothe Family, along with a small number of other wealthy families, controlled Kilkenny's trade and dominated its civic government from the late Middle Ages until the 17th Century.

John Rothe was involved in the political life of the city serving as the mayor of Kilkenny in 1613. He married Rose Archer, the daughter of another influential Kilkenny family, and had twelve children with her. Later his son, Peter, was one of the founders of the Confederation of Kilkenny to safeguard their political and religious rights however following the defeat of Charles I in the English Civil War all Rothe's property was confiscated and he was banished to Connaught where he died.

In 1962 the Rothe House was purchased by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society as the headquarters of the Society and as a place to exhibit the society's vast collection of artefacts relating to life in Kilkenny including it's extensive library.

Rothe House is also home to Genealogical research on Kilkenny ancestry.

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