Landed Estates
University of Galway

Caulfeild (Dunamon)

The Dunamon estate was held under a lease for 500 years from John King, Lord Kingston to Thomas Caulfeild, dated 1 May 1688. The estate proprietor in the late 18th century was Colonel John Caulfeild of Donamon, who was a younger son of the Reverend Charles Caulfeild, and a grandson of William Caulfeild 2nd Viscount Charlemont. In 1828 St. George Caulfeild and Col William Caulfeild were members of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon. In the mid 19th century the Caulfeild estate was in the parishes of Ballynakill, Dunamon and Oran, barony of Ballymoe and Kilbride, barony of Ballintober South, Kilbride and Lissonuffy, barony of Roscommon, county Roscommon. In the 1870s St George Caulfeild owned 4,604 acres in county Galway, 6,632 acres in county Roscommon and smaller acreages in counties Kilkenny, Tipperary (824 acres) and Tyrone. On 21 Mar 1912 over 10,800 acres in county Roscommon belonging to A. St George Caulfeild were vested in the Congested Districts' Board. Much of the Caulfeild estate in county Galway was transferred to county Roscommon when the county border changed in 1898.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Dunamon Dunamon Dunamon Roscommon Rosmoylan 79 Ballymoe Galway OSI Ref: M789 647
OS Sheet: 8
Discovery map: 40
Emlaghroyin Emlaghroyin Dunamon Roscommon Dunamon 76 Ballymoe Roscommon OSI Ref: M765 655
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 40
Rushfield House Coolroghaun Kilbegnet Roscommon Rosmoylan 79 Ballymoe Galway OSI Ref: M763 629
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 40
Kilbegnet House Kilbegnet Kilbegnet Roscommon Rosmoylan 79 Ballymoe Galway OSI Ref: M760 632
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 40
Balydooley Lodge Ballydooley Oran Roscommon Dunamon Ballymoe Roscommon OSI Ref: M782687
OS Sheet: 34
Discovery map: 40

Archival sources

  • Detailed abstracts of wills of Caulfeild of Donamon, Co Galway, 1775-1810. GO MS 139, 56; National Library of Ireland
  • Wills of St George Caulfeild, Donamon 1778 and others. D 8983-8987; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease from John Lord Kingston to Thomas Caulfeild of lands in the barony of Ballymoe, counties Galway and Roscommon, 1 May 1668. D 8768; National Library of Ireland
  • Deeds, mortgages and a probate re lands in Cos Galway, Roscommon & Tipperary, of the Caulfeilds of Donamon Castle, 1811-1898. Accession No. 1180/13/1 (1-11) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Longfield maps - Caulfeild estate maps. 21 F 43 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Caulfeild, Lords Charlemont & of Donamon, Co Roscommon, c 1580-c 1700. GO MS 179: 318; National Library of Ireland
  • Caulfeild estate maps. 21 F 23 & 21 F 125; National Library of Ireland
  • Donamon Castle photos. 007/049; Irish Architectural Archive
  • O'Connor & Dudley, solicitors' collection, includes copy probate of will of John Shield of Kilbegnet House, 1875. Small Accs. Index 66, T.2935; National Archives of Ireland
  • Accounts of Col Caulfeild's estate in Carnaglass (Co Roscommon?), 1802-1822. MS 3154; National Library of Ireland
  • The Society of the Divine Word's purchase of Dunamon castle (Patrick’s St.), Ballymoe, Roscommon, 1929. Box 54; Roscrea Heritage Society Centre, Damer House, Roscrea
  • Commonplace Book of [Julia Molyneux who married William John Talbot of Mount Talbot in August 1897] containing photographs, sketches and autographs relating to some of the 'big houses' and their residents, 1897-1901.; Representative Church Body Library

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Modern printed sources