It was walled and fortified to protect the “planters” who came there to settle from England and Scotland those from whom the land had been confiscated. One of the gates is still standing.
Today, Jamestown is a pleasant mooring spot and is also popular with anglers due to the good fishing and excellent hospitality.
Historic sites of Jamestown
Old Town Gate & Medieval Friary
This gate is all that is left of the fortified town walls which were erected when the town was founded by Sir Charles Coote in 1625. It was significant enough to receive a Royal Chartar from James I. A stone cross over a small gate, right, leads to the ruin of a Franciscan friary of the convent of the Friars’ Minor. A synod held here in 1650 repudiated the Marquis of Dromod, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and excommunicated his followers.
A Stone cross over a small gate, outside the old town gate, leads to the remains of a Franciscan friary of the convent of the Friars’ Minor. The Franciscan convent of the Friars Minor was not founded until the occupation of Jamestown in 1642 by the O’Rourkes.
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