The man behind Trim Castle
Hugh de Lacy was a notorious womaniser, as famous for his loose morals as his fearsome facial scars. When de Lacy married the daughter of an Irish high king, Henry II of England immediately suspected his lord of trying to establish himself as an independent king of Ireland. Luckily for Henry, a disgruntled Irish nobleman lopped off Hugh’s head with an axe, saving the king the trouble of doing it himself.
But royal concerns over the de Lacy family did not stop with Hugh’s death. Early in the 13th century, King John – he of Robin Hood fame – came to Ireland to subdue rebelling Norman lords and confront Hugh’s unruly son, Walter. Though King John eventually emerged victorious, he never breached the walls of Trim Castle and some say this is why it's known locally as King John’s Castle, a title intended to mock the English king for his failure.