Landed Estates
University of Galway

Gunning Plunkett

The Gunnings were an English family who settled at Castlecoote in county Roscommon in the 17th century. In 1768 General John Gunning married Susanna Minifie and had a daughter Elizabeth. Elizabeth Gunning was a novelist and a niece of the famous Gunning sisters. In 1803 she married Major James Plunkett son of Bartholomew Plunkett. James Gunning Plunkett, an army officer, was their grandson. He owned an estate in the parishes of Athleague, barony of Athlone, Roscommon, barony of Ballintober South, Killukin and Kilcooley, barony and county of Roscommon . He was a non resident proprietor who lived in Lancashire and owned The Northern Press and Liverpool General Advertiser in the 1860s. In June 1857 the estate of James Gunning Nelson Plunkett was advertised for sale in 2 divisions, Tulsk and Roscommon, amounting in total to 2,407 acres. Two lots were readvertised in May 1864. This was the senior branch of the Gunning family.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Holywell Coolteige Kilbride Roscommon Kilbride South 84 Ballintober South Roscommon OSI Ref: M896 687
OS Sheet: 36
Discovery map: 40
Ballymartinbeg Ballymartinbeg Roscommon Roscommon Roscommon Rural 90 Ballintober South Roscommon OSI Ref: M879 617
OS Sheet: 39
Discovery map: 40
Mount Browne Falsk Killurkin Strokestown Annaghmore 106 Roscommon Roscommon OSI Ref: M895 810
OS Sheet: 23
Discovery map: 33

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Plunkett, 9 June 1857 & 10 May 1864, Vols 46 & 72, MRGS 39/022 & 39/036, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental of the Gunning estate in the parishes of Athleague, Fuerty and Kilcooley. MS 10,152; National Library of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes 3 copies of maps of portions of the estate of James Gunning Plunkett in Co Roscommon. Small Accs. Index 105, M.4055; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources