Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne (Moyne)

The Brownes of Moyne were descended from the Brownes of Cloonkeely, near Tuam and of Newtown in the parish of Abbeyknockmoy, barony of Tiaquin, county Galway. Nicholas Browne was granted over 3,000 acres in 1677 under the Acts of Settlement in counties Galway, Roscommon and Sligo. Most of the land was in county Galway and included Moyne, Newtown and Crumlin, all in the barony of Tiaquin. In the early 19th century Cloonkeely or Cloonkeelwy in the townland of Ballyboy, parish of Kilbennan, barony of Dunmore, belonged to John Browne Lynch, a member of the Lynch of Lowberry family, who had married a Browne of Cloonkeely. In 1802 Mark Browne of the Newtown branch of the family sold his property to John Kelly of Green Castle, Jamaica, as he had no heir. Previously he had acquired the Rockfield or Rockville estate from the Burkes but it was soon taken over by the Court of Chancery. Michael Joseph Browne, owner of Moyne in the early 19th century held a large estate at the time of Griffith's Valuation centred on the parish of Killererin in the barony of Tiaquin. His estate also included land in the parishes of Annaghdown and Killower, barony of Clare; Abbeyknockmoy and Monivea, barony of Tiaquin; Killeeneen in the barony of Dunkellin, Addergoole and Kilconla, barony of Dunmore and Dunmore, barony of Ballymoe. When his estate was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1855 it amounted to 9,167 acres. It included 538 acres in the parish of Cloonfinlough, barony and county of Roscommon, leased to Margaret Fitzgibbon. In 1857 John Stratford Kirwan bought Moyne House and over a thousand acres of the Browne estate in the parish of Abbeyknockmoy.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Moyne Moyne Abbeyknockmoy Tuam Moyne 192 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M522 454
OS Sheet: 44
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Browne, 4 Dec 1855, Vol 37, MRGS 39/017, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Browne, 10 Feb 1857, Vol 44, MRGS 39/021, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court, index map of the Moyne estate, Co Galway, showing lots for sale, 1855. 16.H.5(19); National Library of Ireland
  • Maps of Cloonagloshy 1801 and copied from a map made by John Evans for use of John Browne of Moyne, by John Hanly, Nov 1798. 16.I.14(6-7); National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of will of John Browne of Moyne, 27 Jan 1825. D 17,056; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes on the Browne family of Moyne. M 5927; National Archives of Ireland
  • Charles ffrench Blake Forster's genealogies include Browne of Moyne. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland
  • Maps of lands in parish of Cloonfinlough, Co Roscommon, the estate of John Browne of Moyne, Aug 1811. 16. I.14(8-9); National Library of Ireland
  • Moyne Park cuttings. 131/016; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Guinness, Mahon & Co Collection, includes deed of partition of lands in county of the town of Galway & Co Galway & map, Martin Blake Lynch of Dublin & Mark Browne Lynch of Newtown, Co Galway, 16 Aug 1777. Small Accs. Index 59, D.5784-5786 & CO.1075-1076; National Archives of Ireland
  • J.H. Montgomery & Son, solicitor's collection, includes wills of Mark Lynch of Garracloon 1750 & Martin Blake Lynch of Dublin 1801 & other documents re the partition of lands in 1777. Small Accs. Index 88, T.4020, T.4032, CO.2679-2683, CO.2897-2898, D.12,658; National Archives of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes on Browne of Clonkeely & Moyne by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources