Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Castlegrove)

By his will (1612) Robert Blake of Ardfry left the lands of Castlegrove or Fartigare as they were originally known, in the barony of Dunmore, county Galway, to his seventh son, Andrew Blake. In the mid 18th century Dominick Blake of Castlegrove married Frances, daughter of Nicholas, 5th Viscount Netterville, as his first wife. Their second son founded the Blake family of Newborough. The Blakes of Canada are descended from Dominick Blake's second marriage. Castlegrove, an estate of over 2,300 acres belonging to Edward Blake, was advertised for sale in November 1852 and bought by John W. Cannon. Edward Blake still held land in the parishes of Killererin, Dunmore and Tuam at the time of Griffith's Valuation. An Edward Blake of Belgium owned 924 acres in county Galway and 1698 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s. Netterville Blake of Newborough, parish of Kilbennan, barony of Dunmore, county Galway, second son of Dominick Blake of Castlegrove, had a large family of 14 children. His third son Arthur Netterville Blake lived at Kilcloghan House, north of Tuam and held the 93 acres of the townland of Mount Potter in fee, presumably having bought it from Jeremiah Tully in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1850. Martin Blake writes that Arthur's younger brother James Netterville Blake, a doctor, lived at Newborough. The Blakes held Newborough from Patrick Crean Lynch. Lands at Lisnanny and Ballyroe, barony of Dunmore, amounting to 656 acres and 218 at Burris, barony of Clanmorris in county Mayo were advertised for sale by the trustees of Margaret Blake widow of James Netterville Blake in 1851.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castlegrove Castlegrove East Kilbennan Tuam Foxhall 218 Dunmore Galway OSI Ref: M377 583
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 39
Newborough Bunagarraun Kilbennan Tuam Foxhall 218 Dunmore Galway OSI Ref: M362 593
OS Sheet: 15
Discovery map: 39
Kilcloghan Mountpotter Tuam Tuam Tuam Rural 222 Dunmore Galway OSI Ref: M439543
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 39
Castlemoyle Castlemoyle Killererin Tuam Levally 213 Dunmore Galway OSI Ref: M496 508
OS Sheet: 44
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Tully, 26 July 1850, Vol 2, MRGS 39/001, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blake, 17 Jan 1851, Vol 5, MRGS 39/002, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blake, 12 Nov 1852, Vol 19, MRGS 39/008, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Abstract of Will of Rev Dominick Edward Blake, Barraderry, Co Wicklow, 29 July 1817 and associated correspondence re Canadian Blakes. 999/233; National Archives of Ireland
  • Castlegrove photos. 054/020 & 030/056; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Castlemoyle photos. 024/071; Irish Architectural Archive

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources