Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The Mantua estate in county Roscommon came into Grace ownership in the 18th century through the marriage of Oliver Grace, a member of the Grace family of Gracefield, Queen's county (county Laois) and Mary, daughter and heiress of John Dowell of Mantua. Oliver Dowell John Grace was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Kilcolagh, barony of Frenchpark and in the parish of Shankill, barony of Roscommon, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In 1828 he was a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon. The family seat was at Mantua, near Elphin. The estate amounted to over 3000 acres in the 1870s. It passed by marriage to the Bowen family of county Donegal at the end of the 19th century.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Mantua Brackloon Shankill Boyle Mantua 30 Roscommon Roscommon OSI Ref: M799 884
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 33

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Grace of Cos Kilkenny, Queens Co (Co Laois), Dublin & Roscommon, 1534-1818. GO MS 171: 57-58; National Library of Ireland
  • Marriage settlement documents relating to the Grace family of Mantua, 1819-1821. Acc. No. 999/385/22 & /24-/25; National Archives of Ireland
  • Mantua photos. 013/059; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Survey of Cloonkerin & Mantua bog, barony of Frenchpark, the estate of __ Wiles & Oliver Grace, by J. Longfield, Mar 1828. 21 F 45 (97); National Library of Ireland

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