It was Richard White who raised the alarm and organised local defences, placing Bantry House at the disposal of the Royal Navy. For his efforts, loyalty, and zeal he was raised to the rank of Baron Bantry, and he was later made a Viscount.
Shortly after the Napoleonic Wars in 1816, he was raised to the rank of Earl of Bantry and Viscount Berehaven. Though the title is now extinct, Bantry House has descended through the female line to its present owners.
Like the house, the beautiful gardens also reflect the style of Richard White. They were influenced by the fashionable Italianate style, with handsome terraces that help to complement the stunning vista.
It is a beautiful place to visit, especially in spring and early summer. One to consider for an Easter trip!