Landed Estates
University of Galway

Kirwan (Moyne)

John Stratford Kirwan bought the Moyne estate, parish of Abbeyknockmoy, barony of Tiaquin, from Michael Joseph Browne circa 1857 and other lands in the parish formerly the estate of John Kirwan. He was son of Euseby Stratford Kirwan of Bawn House, county Longford. Euseby S. Kirwan was a son of John Kirwan, a Dublin attorney who married Anne Stratford, only child of Euseby Stratford, nephew of the 1st Earl of Aldborough. He was married twice, first to Emelia Evans daughter of the Reverend Robert Evans and his wife Emelia Forbes of the Granard family, county Longford and secondly to Mary Kirwan of Hillsbrook. In 1859 John Stratford Kirwan married Lady Victoria Maria Louisa Hastings, daughter of the 2nd Marquess of Hastings. By 1865 however he had over extended his financial resources and the Moyne estate and some lands in the barony of Kiltarton and Dunmore were advertised for sale again. A lithograph of Moyne is included with the sale rental. J. S. Kirwan was also selling estates in counties Clare and Longford at this time. His county Clare estate was over 6,400 acres in the baronies of Burren, Bunratty and Inchiquin. The sale rental records that Kirwan spent £26,000 buying most of his county Clare estate in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1858. He also purchased some of his estate in the sale of January 1865, though other lots were sold to William Lane Joynt, in trust for Lord Annaly and to Mr. Barlow. In the 1870s John S. Kirwan, address The Reform Club, London, owned 837 acres in county Galway and 265 acres in county Mayo. In 1865 his sister Mary married Sir George Clendining O'Donel of Newport House, county Mayo.


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
Glencolumbkille House Glencolumbkille South Carran Ballyvaghan Carran 2 Burren Clare OSI Ref: R316 995
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 51
Cappagh House Cappaghbeg Kilraghtis Ennis Spancelhill 24 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R375 821
OS Sheet: 26
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kirwan, 16 Nov 1865 & 22 Nov 1866, Vols 79 & 83, MRGS 39/038 & 39/040, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Kirwan, 10 May 1867, Vol 85, MRGS 39/041, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates Court Rental, Kirwan, 16 Nov 1865, baronies of Tiaquin & Kiltartan. M24,255; Galway County Library
  • Moyne Park cuttings. 131/016; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Kirwan, 12 Jan 1865, (Co Clare estate), Vol 25, 1-18, 16 Nov 1865, Vol 25, 19-36 & Vol 24, 123-149 (with note re purchasers), 10 May 1867, Vol 23, 49-77; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kirwan, 12 Jan 1865, (Co Clare estate, with some purchasers noted) Vol 75 (4) & 16 Nov 1865, 79 (8), (Second division), 22 Nov 1866, Vol 83 (40), 10 May 1867, Vol 85 (30), MRGS 39/037, 39/038, 39/040, 39/041 (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Kelly, Kirwan & Netterville, 7 Nov 1882, Vol 144 (17), MRGS 39/063, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • O'Donel Estate Papers, include some documents relating to this family. PC265; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources