Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Dillon (Clonbrock)

The Dillons were a Norman family who initially received grants of land in Westmeath and who later acquired properties in neighbouring counties including Roscommon and Galway. Lord Clonbrock was listed as a resident proprietor in county Galway in 1824. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Lord Clonbrock was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Ahascragh, Fohanagh, Killalaghtan and Killosolan in the barony of Kilconnell and Killoran in the barony of Longford. In the 1870s the Clonbrock estate in county Galway amounted to over 28,000 acres. Lands, house and demesne at Cahir, barony of Clonmacnowen, owned by James Dillon, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in July 1854. In 1906 Lord Clonbrock held over 2000 acres of untenanted land and the mansion house at Clonbrock. The Dillon's county Limerick estate appears to have come into their possession through the marriage in 1776 of the first Baron with Letitia Greene of Old Abbey, county Limerick, the only child of John Greene. James Kelly was the agent for the county Limerick estate in the early 19th century. The county Limerick estate was situated in the baronies of Connello Lower and Shanid. The Clonbrock Papers contain a printed notice of the sale of lands held in fee by Lord Clonbrock amounting to about 2395 acres and the lands of Loughill and Coonagh held under the See of Limerick circa 600 acres, dated 19 Dec 1829 MS 35705 (5). Correspondence expressing interest in the purchase of the Dillon's county Limerick estate was received from David Roche of Carass, Robert Maunsell and Stephen Dickson who bought the property in 1831, see MS 35,727 (10).

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
The Cottage Cloonmain Killoran Loughrea Kilreekil 124 Leitrim Galway OSI Ref: M701215
OS Sheet: 98
Discovery map: 46
Ticooly/Tycooly Ticooly (O'Kelly) Killosolan Mountbellew Killian 150 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M736462
OS Sheet: 46
Discovery map: 47
Ballyeighter Ballyeighter Aughrim Ballinasloe Oatfield 15 Clonmacnowen Galway OSI Ref: M776264
OS Sheet: 87
Discovery map: 47
Clonbrock Clonbrock Demesne Fohanagh Mountbellew Clonbrock 147 Kilconnell Galway OSI Ref: M744397
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 47
Ballybaun Ballybaun Ahascragh Mountbellew Clonbrock 147 Kilconnell Galway OSI Ref: M755406
OS Sheet: 61
Discovery map: 47
Doon House Doon Upper Fohanagh Mountbellew Clonbrock 147 Kilconnell Galway OSI Ref: M733361
OS Sheet: 73
Discovery map: 47
South Park Kilglass Ahascragh Mountbellew Clonbrock 147 Clonmacnowen Galway OSI Ref: M774401
OS Sheet: 61
Discovery map: 47
Creggaun House Creggaun Ahascragh Ballinasloe Killure 2 Clonmacnowen Galway OSI Ref: M825344
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 47
Clooncannon/Cloncannon/Runnamead Clooncannon (Kelly) Ahascragh Mountbellew Clonbrock 147 Clonmacnowen Galway OSI Ref: M775423
OS Sheet: 61
Discovery map: 47
Caher Caher Kilcloony Ballinasloe Ballinasloe Rural 4 Clonmacnowen Galway OSI Ref: M812296
OS Sheet: 87
Discovery map: 47
Kylebrack Kylebrack West Leitrim Loughrea Leitrim Leitrim Galway OSI Ref: M685098
OS Sheet: 116
Discovery map: 52
Killure Killurecastle Kilgerril Ballinasloe Killure Clonmacnowen Galway OSI Ref: M799349
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 47

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), James Dillon, 15 July 1854, Vol 30, MRGS 39/013 (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Clonbrock Papers, see descriptive list 54 at http://www.nli.ie/pdfs/mss%20lists/clonbrock.pdf; National Library of Ireland
  • Clonbrock muniments: deeds & estate papers relating to Roscommon & other properties, 1522-1782. Ms.22,025. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Correspondence of Luke Dillon of Clonbrock and his son Robert Dillon, about the borough of Lanesborough, circa 1754. T/3366; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • VAUGHAN, James Edward. A survey of the estate of Lord Clonbrock, 1832. (copy of National Library of Ireland document). ; Galway County Library
  • Dillon Family, muniments of Clonbrock, a volume containing original deeds & other documents re Dillon estates in various counties, 1522-1820. MS 22,025 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Atkinson/Trench of Cangort collection include records re lands held by the Dillons of Clonbrock, mainly 18th & 19th centuries. 99/56/10/ ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Commonplace Book of [Julia Molyneux who married William John Talbot of Mount Talbot in August 1897] containing photographs, sketches and autographs relating to some of the 'big houses' and their residents, 1897-1901.; Representative Church Body Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources