Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Fetherston/Fetherstonhaugh (Derryhivney)

The Featherstonhaugh family held estates in the midlands of Ireland, especially county Westmeath, since the seventeenth century. Theobald Fetherstonhaugh of Mosstown, county Westmeath married Mary, daughter of Jonathan Harding of Hardinggrove, county Galway, c.1797. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Derryhivney was in the possession of Cuthbert Fetherston. He was also listed as one of the principal lessors in the parish of Kilmalinoge, barony of Longford. His lands at Fairy Hill, comprising Gortacloghy, Corr, Fairfield and Gortahaha, in the barony of Longford, county Galway,amounting to over 2000 acres, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in June 1855. In the 1870s William Fetherstonhaugh of Derryhivney owned over 1,800 acres in county Galway. John Featherstone is recorded as the owner of over 3000 acres by the ''Return of Proprietors'' in the same decade.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Derryhivney House/Harding Grove Derryhivney Kilmalinogue Portumna Kilmalinoge 181 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M872088
OS Sheet: 118
Discovery map: 53
Gortaha House Gortaha Lickmolassy Portumna Kilmalinoge 181 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M864061
OS Sheet: 118, 127
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Cuthbert Fetherston estate, 26 June 1855,Vol 39, MRGS 39/017, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Solicitors' records from office of S. and R.C. Walker, includes deeds and statement of title of C. Fetherston of Derryheeney, 1850s. Small Accessions Index, No. 30. D.4585-4625; National Archives of Ireland
  • Derryhiveny. Photographs. 003/089.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Pedigrees and notes on the families of Fetherston, Russell, Clibborn, Lefroy, Hearn, Tighe, Hamilton, Adams, Percy, Homan, De La Maziere, Daly of Castle Daly, Fetherstonhaugh, Nesbitt and Nugent, mainly on the Fetherston families, 20th c. Upton Papers, p.21 and following; Royal Irish Academy Library

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Modern printed sources