Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Phibbs (Seafield)

The Phibbs family acquired an estate in Kilmacowen in the late 18th century. The estate was based around Seafield House which was built by William Phibbs, c. 1798. A later house, also called Seafield, was built in the townland of Lisheen, nearby. The estate, which was held under fee-farm grant from the Merediths, was offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court in January 1877. The family also owned a dower house at Coradoo, near Ballinafad, County Sligo as well as property in the barony of Boyle, county Roscommon. In the 1870s the Misses Phibbs, of Drumcormack, Boyle, held over 150 acres in Roscommon while William Phibbs was the owner of over 800 acres including lands in the parish of Kiltullagh, barony of Castlereagh. Earlier, in June 1852, William Phibbs had offered for sale over 300 acres of his Roscommon estate as well as over 2000 acres of an estate in county Westmeath, in the Encumbered Estates court. In 1867 oyster beds and houses in the city of Dublin, associated with the estate of Edward Joshua Cooper, were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court. In 1906 Catherine Phibbs is recorded as the occupier of property in the townland of Lisheenacooravan, barony of Carbury, including a mansion house. The Congested Districts Board acquired almost 1400 acres of the estate of Owen Phibbs in the early twentieth century.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Seafield or Lisheen Lisheenacooravan Kilmacowen Sligo Kilmacowen 59 Carbury Sligo OSI Ref: G629323
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 25
Springfield Springfield or Magheragillerneeve Drumcliff Sligo Drumcliff West 56 Carbury Sligo OSI Ref: G683396
OS Sheet: 8
Discovery map: 16
Strandhill House Larass or Strandhill Killaspugbrone Sligo Knocknarea Carbury Sligo OSI Ref: G622366
OS Sheet: 14
Discovery map: 25
Grangemore (Tireragh) Grangemore Templeboy Dromore West Templeboy North 27 Tireragh Sligo OSI Ref: G469318
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 24

Archival sources

  • Robinson Collection; Sligo County Library
  • Deeds, Leases etc. relating to Phibbs estates in County Sligo, 1766-1841. F.C/D.4/19; Sligo County Library
  • Licence for Oyster Bed, 1898. F.C/D.2/12.; Sligo County Library
  • Report & valuation on Phibbs estate in Curry, Barony of Leyny, 1912. F.C./D.2/8. ; Sligo County Library
  • Rentals and Maps of Ogham & Tubbercurry, estate of Richard Phibbs, 1904. ; Sligo County Library
  • Phibbs Family Wills, 1738-1938. F.C/D.4/19. ; Sligo County Library
  • Rental of Richard Phibbs' estate, 1850-57 and Curry estate, 1878-1887, Robinson Collection & Estates Collection, Vol 5. ; Sligo County Library
  • Rentals of Phibbs estates, 1866-1889, 1893-1905. Robinson Collection. ; Sligo County Library
  • Correspondence relating to Leyny estate of Richard Phibbs, 1853-1868. S.R. ; Sligo County Library
  • Rentals of the Phibbs estate, 1866-70. Robinson Collection. ; Sligo County Library
  • Solicitors' papers re Phibbs estate, 1747-1909. Private Accessions No. 1136/150; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Phibbs, 25 June 1852, Vol 16, MRGS 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Phibbs, Cooper & Lindesay,11 January 1867, Vol 84, MRGS 39/041, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Thompson/Meredith, 30 January 1877, Vol 127, MRGS 39/057, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources