Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The report of the Harding estate in the Court of Chancery 1861 gives details of this estate. Theobald Wolfe leased the lands of Derryhivney otherwise Castlefarm, near Portumna, county Galway, to William Harding on 20 July 1765. William's grandson also named William married Elizabeth Holmes and left the property to his second son Jonathan Harding who died in 1815 and was succeeded by his son Jonathan. In 1814 Jonathon Harding was resident at Harding-Grove, Portumna. From later map evidence Harding Grove seems to be an alternative name for Derryhivney House. The estate of George Harding, a minor, in the barony of Longford, county Galway, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in May 1861. It included the lands at Derryhiney known as the Castle Farm. It was purchased, in trust, by a Mr. Thorpe. Jonathan Harding whose address is given as Bessborough, Nenagh, is recorded as owning over 600 acres in county Galway in the 1870s as well as 163 acres in county Tipperary. The Galway and Tipperary properties appear to have been acquired by the Young family in the late 19th century. Frederick Young of Ballygibbon and Besborough, county Tipperary, died in 1906. His son lived at Harding Grove, Portumna. In May 1852 the estate of George Harding of Belderrig, county Mayo, at Ballyduff, barony of Lower Ormond, county Tipperary and houses in the town of Nenagh was advertised for sale. Ballyduff was advertised for sale again on 6 March 1874.


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
Bessborough Bessborough Ballymackey Nenagh Ballygibbon 108 Upper Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R969 817
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 59

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates Court rentals (O'Brien), Harding estate, 2 May 1861, Vol 61, MRGS 39/031. (Microfilm copy at NUIG).; National Archives of Ireland
  • Derryhiveny. Photographs. 003/089.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Harding, 18 May 1852, Vol 15 (37), MRGS 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Harding, 6 Mar 1874, Vol 113 (57), MRGS 39/052, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources