Landed Estates
NUI Galway


Edward Bermingham, Lord Athenry, was granted over 5,000 acres, mainly in the barony of Dunmore, county Galway, by patent dated 16 Sept 1680 while Remigius Bermingham was granted overe 5,200 acres in county Mayo in 1681. There are records relating to the Bermingham family in the late 17th and early 18th century in the Westport Estate Papers. The descendants of Lord Athenry sold the Kilcloony estate to the Bodkins in 1759 and the Barbersfort estate to the Ruttledges in 1816. Thomas Bermingham, 22nd Lord Athenry and a Member of Parliament for county Galway, was created earl of Louth in April 1759. By his second marriage to Margaret Daly of Quansbury he left as his co heiresses three daughters, who married Thomas B.H. Sewell, William St Lawrence, 2nd Earl of Howth and Joseph Henry Blake of Ardfry. By the 1880s the family's main estates were in county Louth where they owned over 3,500 acres.


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
Bermingham/Birmingham House Birmingham Demesne Tuam Tuam Tuam Rural 222 Dunmore Galway OSI Ref: M468 532
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Birmingham, Barons Athenry and Earls of Louth and of Clondargin, Dalgen and Adergoole, Co Galway and of St. Sebastian, Spain, c 1200-1826. GO MS 170: 22-26 & 175-181; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of De Bermingham of Dalgin, c 1641-1750. GO MS 175: 104; National Library of Ireland
  • Papers relating to the Bermingham family of Athenry, 1800. Lindsay Collection. Small Accessions Index, No. 10; National Archives 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Bermingham photos & press cuttings. 093/061 & 047/016; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Minutes of evidence of Committee of Privileges on petition of Edward Bermingham of Dalgin, county Galway, to claim the title Baron of Athenry. London: [n.d]. ; Galway County Library
  • Clonbrock Papers, Collection List 54; National Library of Ireland
  • S.R. & C. Walker, solicitors' collection (1962), contains statement of case re title of Thomas Earl of Louthe to lands in baronies of dunmore & Clare, Co Galway. M.6101; National Archives of Ireland

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