Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Eyre/Hedges Eyre (Galway)

Richard Hedges Eyre of Macroom Castle and Mount Hedges, county Cork, married Frances Browne, daughter of the 2nd Viscount Kenmare. In 1777 their daughter Helena married Reverend George Maunsell, Dean of Leighlin. Their second son, Robert Hedges Eyre Maunsell, married his cousin, Elizabeth Dorothea, daughter and co heiress of Thomas Maunsell of Plassey, county Limerick. Reverend Maunsell's fourth son married Lady Catherine Hare, daughter of the 1st Earl of Listowel and their eldest son, Reverend Robert Hedges Maunsell, assumed the additional name of Eyre when he succeeded to some of the estates of his great uncle Robert Hedges Eyre. In the early 19th century the Hedges Eyre family had property in county Cork and lived at Macroom Castle. In 1852 the Hedges Eyre family advertised for sale a large amount of property in the town and county of the town of Galway, also townlands in the baronies of Tiaquin, Longford and Leitrim. Much of their estate was bought by a Mr Ashworth. The estate of Robert Hedges Eyre White and Reverend Robert Hedges Maunsell Eyre, devisees of Robert Hedges Eyre, in the baronies of Slievardagh and Middlethird, county Tipperary, was advertised for sale in November 1854. In the 1870s Reverend Robert Hedges Maunsell Eyre of Innishannon, county Cork, owned 223 acres in county Galway and 539 acres in county Cork.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Plassey Sreelane Kilmurry Limerick Ballysimon 45 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R615 582
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 65
Mount Hedges Lackaduff Macroom Macroom Macroom 227 West Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W324 724
OS Sheet: 70
Discovery map: 79
Macroom Castle Lackaduff Macroom Macroom Macroom 227 West Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W338 728
OS Sheet: 71
Discovery map: 79
Kilcrea House Kilcrea Desertmore Bandon Kilbonane 19 East Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W505 678
OS Sheet: 84
Discovery map: 86
Fort Eyre Shantallow Rahoon Galway Galway Galway Galway OSI Ref: M285252
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 45

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), White & Eyre, 28 May 1852, Vol 15, MRGS 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds and other papers re the management of property belonging to the Eyre family in the town of Galway, 18th and 19th centuries. LE4; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • T.U. Sadlier Collection of deeds, testamentary & miscellaneous documents re property of the Eyre family in Cos Galway & Cork & Limerick city, includes reference to the Hollow Blades Co, Hedges Eyre & the Governors of the Erasmus Schools, 17th-19th centuries. Small Accs. Index 72; National Archives of Ireland
  • Miscellaneous documents including legal documents & Macroom estate accounts, 1841-50. T.U.Sadlier collection, Small Accessions Index 1/674, M.1154-1158, D.12753-12759, Co.2785-2791, T.4122; National Archives of Ireland
  • T.U. Sadlier Collection, includes miscellaneous testamentary, legal & other documents re estates of Hedges of Macroom, Lord Bantry & Hedges Eyre, 18th & 19th centuries. Small Accs Index 1/611, T.3841-3850, M.1018-1028, Co 2432-2437 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • T.U. Sadlier Collection, includes rentals & accounts re estates of Richard Eyre in Cos Galway, Cork & Tipperary, 1752-1804 & Viscount Bantry's estates at Glengariff & Clanlaurence, 1806-1825; Lord Berehaven's accout with Rev S. Payne 1840-1842. Small Accs Index 1/665, M.5943-5947; National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers relating to the Eyre family of Cos. Cork and Galway. Co.2221-2416, 2632-8; D. 11,565-11,715, 23,121-2; M. 970-1008, 1018-27, 5906; T. 3793-3821, 3841-50 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of map of lands belonging to the house of Old Castle (Macroom) Showing the contents of each field by itself in statute measure, by Edward Vaughan, Surveyor. 15 Sept 1768. Also copy of lease of Meadstown by Thomas Roche to William Roche. 20 May 1758; lease by William Roche to John Nettles 5 Mar 1767. 1758-1768. U066 ; Cork City and County Archives
  • Bantry Papers 1671-1980s, include documents re the Eyre family of Galway and Cork. IE BL/EP/B; University College Cork, Boole Library Archives
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), White & Eyre, (Co Tipperary), 24 Nov 1854, Vol 32 (15) & 13 June 1856, Vol 40 (38), MRGS 39/014 & 39/019, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • T.U. Sadleir purchase, includes rentals & accounts of estates in cos Cork, Galway & Tipperary, 1752-1804. M.5944; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Macroom; Cork County Library

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