Landed Estates
NUI Galway


It is evident from documents in the Westport Papers that the Cruise family, originally from Cruisetown, county Louth, acquired land at Castlegar, in the parish of Ballynakill, barony of Killian, county Galway, in the mid 17th century. In the 19th century the Cruises were occupying Cruice Lawn on the estate of James Galbraith in the parish of Killosolan, barony of Tiaquin, which Galbraith held from the Blakeneys and nearby Greenville, which the Cruises held from the Bellews. In the 1850s Daniel Cruise held a townland in the parish of Drum, barony of Athlone, county Roscommon. The Cruise family were petitioners in the sale of Kelly-Egan property at Grange in the barony of Clonmacnowen, county Galway, in November 1858. Daniel W. Cruice of Fairfield, Ahascragh owned 360 acres in county Galway in the 1870s and Daniel J. Cruise of Killarney owned 1,386 acres in county Roscommon. In 1875 Ardkeenan held in fee and lands in the parishes of Taghmaconnell leased from Sir Thomas Burke of Marble Hill were advertised for sale by members of the Cruice family. In 1878 the house and lands at Bredagh, as well as other properties in the baronies of Kilconnell and Tiaquin, county Galway, were offered for sale in the Land Judges' Court. Daniel William Cruice is described as bankrupt in the sale notice.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Cruise Lawn Gallagh Killosolan Mountbellew Castleblakeney 145 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M683 429
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 46
Greenville Greenville Killosolan Mountbellew Castleblakeney 145 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M692 442
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 46
Fairfield (Kilgerrill) Fairfield Kilgerrill Ballinasloe Killure 2 Clonmacnowen Galway OSI Ref: M781359
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 47
Bredagh/Breda Bredagh Killosolan Mountbellew Castleffrench 146 Kilconnell Galway OSI Ref:
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 47
Camlagh Camlagh Taghmaconnell Athlone Carrowreagh 19 Athlone Roscommon OSI Ref: M869 391
OS Sheet: 50
Discovery map: 47
Ardkeenan Ardkeenan Drum Athlone Thomastown 10 Athlone Roscommon OSI Ref: M968 371
OS Sheet: 51
Discovery map: 47

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Land Judges' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Cruice, 26 February 1878, Vol 131, MRGS 39/059, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Cruice of Carrowneganny, Co Galway & Summerhill, Co Roscommon, c 1720-1850. GO MS 176: 365; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Cruice, 15 Jan 1875, Vol 118, MRGS 39/053, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Cruice, 16 Apr 1878, Vol 131, MRGS 39/059, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Joyce Mackie & Longheed, solicitors' collection (1960), rental of estate of Daniel J. Cruice Ardkeenan etc, barony of Athlone, n.d. M.5916; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources