Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Knox (Rappa)

Originally a Crofton estate which passed through a marriage connection to a younger son of the Knoxes of Castlereagh, county Mayo. Francis Knox was established at Rappa Castle by the mid 18th century and his descendants included the Knoxes of Belleek Manor, Broadlands Park, Netley Park, Greenwoodpark and Palmerstown. By the time of Griffith's Valuation the estate included six townlands in the parish of Bekan and one townland in parish of Aghamore, barony of Costello. Also included were at least three townlands in each of the parishes of Ardagh, Ballysakerry and Kilfian, barony of Tirawley, county Mayo. In 1876 Annesley Knox of Rappa held 6855 acres in county Mayo and 724 acres in county Galway. His wife Elizabeth, daughter of Arthur Knox of Bushfield, held a further 3,000 acres in her own right. Annesley Knox is recorded as one of the principal lessors in the parish of Ballynacourty, barony of Dunkellin, county Galway in 1855. The Ordnance Survey Name books from 1837 record William Ryan of Oranmore as his agent.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rappa Castle Rappacastle Ardagh Ballina Fortland 20 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G184 221
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 24
Palmerstown Rathnawooraun Templemurry Killala Lackan South 101 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G171 318
OS Sheet: 14
Discovery map: 24

Archival sources

  • Map of 268 acres of Rappa demesne, [early 19th cent]. 16.I.3(3); National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Knox of Lifford, Co Donegal, of Castlereagh, Moyne, Rappa Castle, Broadlands, Netley Park, Bushfield, Greenwood Park, Lissodrone, Co Mayo and of Woodstock, Co Wicklow and Dublin city, c 1600-1824. GO MS 169, 280-289; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Knox, later Knox Gore of Rappa Castle, Broadlands Park, Ballina House, Beleek Manor, Netley Park and Bushfield, Co Mayo, c 1740-1868. GO MS 179, 341-346; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of estate of Henry Knox, early 19th century. 5630(1); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rappa Castle photos. 011/080; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Irish Tourist Association. Topographical and General Survey, 1941-1945. File Mayo North 1-16, parish of Ardagh (Rappa) & parish of Killala (Palmerstown); Mayo County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources