Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Trotter (Kilquain)

Clifford Trotter acquired parts of the Quansbury and Bermingham estate by his marriage to Mary, daughter of William St Lawrence, 2nd Earl of Howth and his first wife Mary. The latter was a daughter of Thomas Bermingham, 1st Earl of Louth, and his wife Mary Daly of Quansbury. An estate of over 700 acres, owned by Clifford Trotter, known as Quansbury, in the barony of Longford, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in March 1851. Birmingham Demesne, barony of Dunmore, county Galway and lands in the barony of Garrycastle in King's County were also included in the sale. Birmingham Demesne was bought by John Irwin Dennis, who had been leasing it from Charles Trotter since 1838. Clifford Trotter is recorded as one of the principal lessors in the parish of Kilquain, barony of Longford, county Galway, at the time of Griffith's Valuation, 1856. In the 1870s William C. Bermingham Ruthven, grandson of Clifford Trotter, owned 939 acres in county Galway. He offered some of this property for sale in the Land Judges' Court in July 1889. However, the Irish Times reported in November 1890 that the sale was adjourned due to absence of bidding.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Hearnesbrook Hearnesbrook Demesne Killimorbologue Portumna Killimor 174 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M792130
OS Sheet: 107
Discovery map: 53
Raheen Raheen Kilquain Portumna Derrew 172 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M843177
OS Sheet: 107
Discovery map: 53
Shannon View Kilnaborris Clonfert Ballinasloe Kilmacshane 17 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M973163
OS Sheet: 109
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates Court Rentals (O'Brien), Trotter estate, 18 March 1851, Vol. 6, MRGS 39/002. (Microfilm copy at NUI, Galway. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to descendants of Clifford Trotter of Charleville Cottage, Co Wicklow and Lady Mary St Laurence, daughter of 2nd Earl of Howth, their grandson William Clifford Bermingham Trotter of Raheen, Co Galway, 5 Apr 1862. GO MS 108: 410-411; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to William B. Trotter, son of Thomas B. Trotter, on assuming name and arms of Ruthven, 29 Apr 1865. GO MS 109: 79-80; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of royal licence to William Clifford Bermingham Trotter of Quansborough, Co Galway to take name Ruthven in lieu of Trotter, 1 Apr 1865. GO MS 152: 528-530; National Library of Ireland
  • Marriage agreement between Thomas Birmingham Trotter & Rosabelle Maria St. Clair, Dublin, re lands in Birmingham, Co Galway, 3 July 1838. T 662(143); Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Estate records of Denis J. Kirwan and Sons, land agents, Tuam, mid 19th - mid 20th centuries, includes ledger of rent receipts for the Quansbury & Bermingham estates 1855-1870, 1887-1905 & a Day Book 1877-1894 with other accounts. Acc. 5124; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources