Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Murphy (Castlereagh)

Burke's ''Landed Gentry of Ireland'' (1904) traces the descent of this family from William Murphy of Mount Merrion, county Dublin and of Kilbrew, county Meath, born 1771. James Murphy was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Baslick, barony of Castlereagh and Elphin, barony of Roscommon, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The representatives of William Murphy were principal lessors in the parish of Tibohine, barony of Frenchpark at the same time and also held land in the parish of Shankill, barony of Roscommon. William Murphy, with an address at Mount Merrion, Dublin, held over 4500 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s. His brother, John Murphy of Dublin, owned 5,362 acres in county Roscommon and smaller acreages in counties Cork, Westmeath and Limerick. 5,416 acres, the estate of John Christopher Murphy, was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 18 July 1906. Major R. Brudenell Murphy had accepted final offers from the Congested Districts' Board for large portions of his estate in county Roscommon by 1916. In the early 20th century the family seat was at Sullimore, Rathangan, county Kildare. This family intermarried with the O'Conors of Mount Druid and the Blakes of Ballinafad. Gormley writes that the Murphys were Dublin cattle dealers who never resided in the locality and that Mark Blake of Hollymount, county Mayo was their agent [probably Mark Blake of Ballinafad, brother-in-law of William Murphy]. This family may also have held land in the parish of Donaghpatrick, county Galway.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Cartron House Cartron Elphin Strokestown Rossmore 98 Roscommon Roscommon OSI Ref: M810861
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 33
Clogherbeg House Clogher Beg Elphin Strokestown Rossmore 98 Roscommon Roscommon OSI Ref: M818 865
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 33
Rossmore Rossmore East Elphin Strokestown Rossmore 98 Roscommon Roscommon OSI Ref: M854 849
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 33

Archival sources

  • Map of J.G. Murphy's estate at Mullin & Raheely, county Roscommon. 1906. 15 A 20 (19); National Library of Ireland
  • Account books of Patrick P. Flanagan, Cartron House Farm, Elphin, Co Roscommon, 1849-1945. Business Record Survey, Ros 10; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources