Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The Gerrard family were resident at Gibbstown, near Navan, county Meath, from the late 17th century. In 1822 John Gerrard of Gibbstown married Marcella Netterville. The process whereby Marcella Gerrard eventually came to inherit a large estate in county Galway is well recorded by Charles Synnott. As Marcella Gerrard appears to have died intestate in 1865 there were many claimants to her large real and personal estate, including members of the Davies, Netterville, Lawrence and Fallon families who were all related. The courts eventually decided to divide her county Galway estate into three portions which passed to Arthur James Netterville (8th Viscount), John Fallon and Sir Samuel Bradstreet, descendants of the three sisters of Edmond Netterville. In the 1870s they are recorded as owning 1,713, 2,594 and 2,496 acres respectively in county Galway.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Netterville Lodge Windfield Killian Mountbellew Ballynakill 152 Killian Galway OSI Ref: M690 514
OS Sheet: 32
Discovery map: 39
Woodbrook Woodbrook Ballynakill Mountbellew Ballynakill 152 Killian Galway OSI Ref: M705 512
OS Sheet: 46
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Synnott Papers: re Netterville and Gerrard Families, contact Charles Synnott, Sark, Channel Islands; Private Possession
  • Local History File - Landlordism in Ireland, includes copy pamphlet of "Letters on the eviction of the Gerrard Tenantry, a portion of which appeared originally in the ''Freeman's Journal''", by S. Redmond (1846) [original in National Library of Ireland]; Roscommon County Library
  • Netterville Lodge photos. 022/076; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Synnott Papers: papers relating to the claim of Arthur James Netterville to the Viscountcy and miscellaneous papers re the claims of the Netterville family to the Gerrard estates, 19th-20th centuries, (originals in possession Charles Synnott). Microfilms P 6959-6962 & P 7219; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources