Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Wills (Castlereagh)

In 1703 two brothers, Caspar and James Wills, purchased part of the forfeited estate of King James II in the baronies of Ballintober, Roscommon and Boyle, county Roscommon. The Wills family settled at Willsgrove, barony of Castlereagh, in the early eighteenth century. Through intermarriage and inheritance they acquired the Sandford estate in the later nineteenth century. William Robert Wills of Willsgrove was a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon in 1828. Over 6,000 acres if the Wills estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 31 Mar 1913.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Willsgrove Willsgrove Ballintober Castlerea Ballintober 60 Castlereagh Roscommon OSI Ref: M737754
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 40
Willsbrook House Willsbrook Kilkeevin Castlerea Coolougher 67 Castlereagh Roscommon OSI Ref: M691756
OS Sheet: 26
Discovery map: 39
Willsborough Willsborough Kiltullagh Castlerea Ballinlough 64 Castlereagh Roscommon OSI Ref: M583783
OS Sheet: 25
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Survey in 14 maps of R.W. Wills estate in county Roscommon, 1907, also map of house and demesne at Willsgrove. M.545 a-b.; National Archives of Ireland
  • Map of portion of Wills estate, Ballinlough, 1880. M. 544g. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • J.H. Montgomery & Son, solicitors' collection, included letters of administration, Thomas Wills formerly of Wills Grove & Castlerea, 1862. Small Accs. Index 88, T.4878; National Archives of Ireland
  • Wills Papers. MS 3203; National Library of Ireland
  • Donnellan Deposit (1931), includes deeds, maps & surveys of Sandford, Wills & other families in Co Roscommon, 1717-1880. D.8002-8151, M.531-545; National Archives of Ireland
  • Lease of lands of Baslick, Co. Roscommon from the Hon. Power Le Poer Trench, Bishop of Elphin to the Rt Hon. Catherine, Lady Mount Sandford, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, 29 Sept 1817. Ms 562; Representative Church Body Library

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