Thomas Bateson, from Lancashire, bought land in county Down in the mid 18th century and settled there. In 1818 his grandson, Robert Bateson, was created a baronet. In 1811 Robert married Catherine, youngest daughter of Samuel Dickson of Ballynaguille, county Limerick. At the time of Griffith's Valuation two of their sons, Thomas and Richard, held land in the parishes of Ardagh, Dunmoylan, Rathronan and Shanagolden, barony of Shanid, county Limerick. In the 1870s three Bateson brothers, Sir Thomas of Belvoir Park, Belfast, Colonel Richard of Knightsbridge Barrack, London and Samuel S., of Bolton Street, London, owned 2,927, 1,808 and 1,394 acres respectively in county Limerick. Sir Thomas Bateson also owned 6,348 acres in county Down, 815 acres in county Londonderry and 266 acres in county Antrim. He was a member of Parliament and was created Baron Deramore in 1885.
National Archives of Ireland:
Renewal lease of Ballybreny, Co Limerick, Richard Bateson to John S. Upton & others, 1 Aug 1840. Alexander Bell & Sons, solicitor's collection, Small Accs. Index 9. D.851