Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Burke (Keeloges)

The Burkes of Keeloges were a junior branch of the Burkes of Glinsk, county Galway. William Burke of Keeloges married Margaret Coleman and had two sons. Their eldest son Richard of Keeloges had a son, William Burke of Knocknagur, part of Kilcreevanty, parish of Kilbennan, who held land in the parish of Claregalway, barony of Clare, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. Thomas H. Burke, Under-secretary of State, murdered in the Phoenix Park in 1882, was a member of this family. Major William Burke, the second son of William and Margaret Burke, acquired part of the Bermingham and Quansbury estates by his marriage to Matilda, daughter of William St Lawrence, 2nd Earl of Howth and his first wife Mary, daughter of Thomas Bermingham, 1st Earl of Louth and his wife Mary Daly of Quansbury. The Quansbury and Bermingham estates of William Burke, in the baronies of Longford and Dunmore, county Galway, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in November 1850. This property included Quansbury Lodge, in the townland of Stowlin, barony of Longford. The Bermingham estate of William Burke was in the possession of Edward Blake, Matthew Carney and Patrick McCormack at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The Kirwans of Tuam were land agents for Sir Thomas Burke's estate at Kilcreevanty, Knocknagur, Knockdoe and Lehid in the first decade of the 20th century.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Quainsborough/Quansbury Lodge/Stowlin Stowlin Kilquain Portumna Kilquain 175 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M855148
OS Sheet: 107, 108
Discovery map: 53
Knocknagur Kilcreevanty Kilbennan Tuam Kilbennan 219 Dunmore Galway OSI Ref: M403 582
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates Court Rentals (O'Brien). Burke (Quansbury & Bermingham) estate. 5 November 1850. Vol. 3, MRGS 39/001. (Microfilm copy at NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental of the lands of William and Thomas H. Burke in the parish of Claregalway, barony of Clare, late 19th century. LE28 ; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • 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. Kirwan of Tuam & Dalgin, Collection List 142; National Library of Ireland
  • Estate records of Denis J. Kirwan and Sons, land agents, Tuam, mid 19th - mid 20th centuries, includes maps of Kilcreevanty, parish of Kilbennan 1882 & ledger of rent receipts for Sir Thomas Burke's Knocknagur estate 1906-1912 with other accounts. Kirwan of Tuam & Dalgin, Collection List 142; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources