Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Kelly (Rookwood)

This family is well recorded in Vera Hughes' book. Crofton Kelly and his wife Elizabeth Threwles were the parents of Edmund Kelly born 1765. Edmund became a successful lawyer and lived at Rookwood, a property previously leased by his uncle John Thewles. In the late 1820s Edmund retired and married Sarah. In 1828 he is recorded as a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon. Edmund Kelly was a very wealthy man and in his will of 1837 mentioned his estates in counties Roscommon, Galway, Westmeath and in Sussex, England. In 1840 he bought a property at Ballinderry, Moate, county Westmeath from Lord Clonbrock and died 5 years later. Many legal battles followed his death as various Kelly family members laid claim to his estate. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Kellys owned land in the parishes of Killinvoy, Kiltoom, Rahara, St Johns and Tisrara, barony of Athlone, county Roscommon and in the parish of Athleague, county Galway. Sarah Kelly was shot at Ballinderry in 1856. She left her Kiltoom property to her Strevans nephews and her Rookwood estate to her nephew Robert Bayley. In the 1870s Robert Preston Bayley of Rookwood, owned 294 acres in county Galway, 2,590 acres in county Roscommon and 284 acres in county Westmeath; Thomas H. Strevens owned 1,258 acres and George Strevans owned 518 acres in county Roscommon.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rookwood Rookwood or Bellagad Athleague Mountbellew Killeroran 149 Killian Galway OSI Ref: M807 571
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 40
Kiltoom Kiltoom Kiltoom Athlone Kiltoom 15 Athlone Roscommon OSI Ref: M974 488
OS Sheet: 45
Discovery map: 40

Archival sources

  • Local History File - Rookwood House; Roscommon County Library
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes copy will & grant of probate, Sarah Kelly of Rookwood. Small Accs. Index 105, T.11,848; National Archives of Ireland

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