Landed Estates
NUI Galway


An estate of more than a 1000 acres in the parish of Meelick, barony of Gallen, county Mayo held in fee by the Bolingbroke family. Part of the estate was sold in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1851 and 1853. The Freeman's Journal reported on the sale in November 1851 at which the lands were purchased in trust for John Bolingbrooke, one of the owners. The trustee was William Graham. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the estate was in the possession of Frederick Willington, William Graham and Reverend Donnellan Bolingbroke Seymour. Two townlands remained in Bolingbroke possession. The remainder of the estate was acquired by the O'Rourke family who held it until the 1920s when it was divided amongst the tenants.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Oldcastle Oldcastle Meelick Swineford Meelick 120 Gallen Mayo OSI Ref: G323 000
OS Sheet: 61
Discovery map: 32

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Bollingbroke, 20 Nov 1851 & 25 Nov 1852, Vols 12 & 19, MRGS 39/005 & 39/009 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Burke), Bolingbrooke & Macdonnell, 14 July 1853, Vol 17; National Library of Ireland

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