Church at Castle Caldwell

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Church at Castle Caldwell, Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, Ireland
Castle Caldwell Forest has grown around the private church and burial ground that are the final resting place of those who once inhabited the castle and estate. The dense trees make it easy to drive past the small church yard and exploring the sun dappled area feels quite a bit like you are wandering where you ought not be. Learn more about the treasures of Lower Lough Erne.



  1. I’m also related and my cousin has visited the castle. I’m looking forward to visiting my self. Sincerely, Kris Caldwell

    Hello! I am a decendant of Caldwell and was wondering what the circle with the 8 point star symbolizes that’s in the cemetery. My cousin took a pic of it when she toured the cemetery and I cannot find anything to reference it. Thank you

      Regaring the 8 pointed star:
      The number eight frequently represents beginnings, resurrection, salvation , and super-abundance. This has to do, in part, with the fact that the number seven is a number of completion. The eighth day, for example, is the first day of a new seven-day week, and a Jewish child enters into God’s Covenant on the eighth day of life via circumcision.

    Hello, I am a descendant of the Caldwell family and am looking to travel soon with my family to visit the Castle Caldwell as well as trying to locate possible members of our families. If you can provide information on tours, stay and etc…would be great.

    Thank you,
    Chip Baker

      Hi Chip! How exciting to trace your fmaily history to this branch of the Caldwell’s!

      County Fermanagh is in north-central Ireland, and is part of Northern Ireland. It is an easy drive from both Belfast and Dublin.

      I am not an expert in genealogy, and I can tell you there are no tours to Castle Caldwell as it is in the middle of a forest and quite overgrown (as you saw).

      I would invite you to visit my County Fermanagh page for information on lodging as well as things to see and do in the area. We did a self-drive visit, but if you are searching for a company to do a chauffeured trip tailored to your specifications, I can introduce you to a company I recommend who would work wonderfully.

      You may also find help for your trip at the Fermanagh Lakelands website. The lads there are very good at responding to visitor requests.

      Best of luck and safe journey to you! Please do let me know if I can be of assistance!

      Hello Chip!
      I to am a descendant of Sir James Caldwell and I would love some insight if and when you are able to find a way to tour the grounds. I’m specifically hoping to visit the cemetery on the ground. I’m not sure if that’s possible. Feel free to contact me any time!! [email protected]
      Your distant cousin,
      Shannon Scott

        Hi Shannon. I’m not Chip, but I have some insight for you.
        If you have traced your ancestry to CastleCadlwell congratulations! That is exciting!

        The ruins of Castle Caldwell sit within Castle Caldwell Forest and are free of charge to anyone who wishes to visit. The castle is a ruin and signs surround it warning people that the structure is dangerous (see The Treasures of Lower Lough Erne for more info).

        As for the church and cemetery… they are both within the forest grounds and the burial grounds can be freely explored. The church itself is tightly sealed, doors and windows bricked over, so entry is not likely.

        I hope this information is helpful.

        I have found a post on an ancestry website stating that there is a Johnston tomb in Castle Caldwell. Can you please provide the details of who this person was and burial date? I am researching my family history.

        My earliest confirmed ancestor is George Johnston of Inver, Donegal born in 1745. I have found a John Johnston on the 1630/1 Donegal Muster Roll in the Barony de Boylagh and Bannagh. Inver is in Boylagh and Bannagh. I have also found a James Johnston on the 1617 Early Scots Settler in Donegal list, but these men are not confirmed ancestors.

        I would like to research the origins of the Johnstons in Ulster and this could be a link that brings me closer to finding the link to Scitland. Please send me any information you can about this burial. I am especially interested if we can link this burial to Scotland, Donegal, or both.

          I visited the graves today at Castle Caldwell. There is grave with Robert Johnston of Magheremena of Fermanagh, also a grave of Jacobi Johnston 1821
          Hope this helps Angela

            Thank you for checking those during your visit!!

      I just found out recently I am descended from Hugh James Caldwell and would love to visit the castle grounds in the future. It would be wonderful to see where some of my ancestors hailed from. I would also welcome any contact with other descendants as well. Feel free to contact me at [email protected].

      Another distant cousin, Kathleen Crawford

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