Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Crofton (Sligo)

The Croftons acquired land in the 17th century from the McSweeneys which had previously been part of the O'Dowd lordship in Tireragh. The family seem to have had a house in the area since the 1630s.In addition Henry Crofton received lands in the parish of Achonry, barony of Leyny, which were confirmed under the Acts of Settlement. They appear as Craston in the Census of 1659. The present Longford House was built c. 1783 but was destroyed by fire in the early 19th century. It was partially rebuilt and is still extant. James Crofton converted to the Protestant faith in 1731 and inherited the family estates. The Croftons also had another house in Templeboy parish, Corkhill, which was usually leased. They also held land in the parishes of Cloonfinlough and Kiltrustan, barony and county of Roscommon in the mid 19th century. In 1906 Sir Malby Crofton is described as the occupier of property at Longford Demesne, including the mansion house. This branch of the Crofton family was connected with the Crofton family of Mote Park, County Roscommon. The family vault is in the old graveyard in Dromard.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Longford House (Tireragh) Longford Demesne Dromard Dromore West Dromard West 25 Tireragh Sligo OSI Ref: G561304
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 25
Corkhill House Corkaghbeg Templeboy Dromore West Aughris 23 Tireragh Sligo OSI Ref: G514352
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 25
Mote Park Mote Demesne Kilmeane Roscommon Mote 89 Athlone Roscommon OSI Ref: M897 612
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 40

Archival sources

  • Crofton of Mote Park Papers; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of the estate of Malby Crofton, 1853. F.C./D.2/56. Estate of Sir Malby Crofton, 1900. Estates Vol II. ; Sligo County Library
  • Valuations of Crofton estate, late 19th century & 1897. Robinson Collection. ; Sligo County Library
  • Rentals of estate of Sir Malby Crofton, county Sligo, 1848-1903, 5 vols. S.R. ; Sligo County Library
  • Estate maps, 1770. S.R. ; Sligo County Library
  • Correspondence, deeds, leases relating to Lord Crofton's estates in Sligo & Roscommon, 1693-1867. Ms. 8828. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rentals & documents relating to Crofton estates, Roscommon & Sligo, 18th -early 19th century. MSS.8826-27. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rentals (1850) & maps(1830S) of Crofton estates, Roscommon & Sligo, m.937-940. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Account Book of John Carson, agent to Lord Crofton, re administration of the estate, 1833-1840. LE1 ; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • 144 deeds relating to the property of the Crofton family of Mote Park, 1684-late 19th century. MSS 10,911-11,054. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Crofton family of Ballymurry, Cambo, Mote, Toomona, Clonsilla etc. county Roscommon, & of Temple House, Longford etc. county Sligo, 1540-1937. GO Ms.182. 395-402 & 429-440.; National Library of Ireland
  • Longford House, photographs & press cuttings. 016/013.; Irish Architectural Archive

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources