The Hughes family appear to have connections with county Sligo and to have been resident at Beechwood in county Roscommon from at least the 1730s. Edward Stewart Gray records Blashford Hughes of Beechwood as High Sheriff of county Sligo in 1738. Taylor and Skinner record Beechwood as the residence of Hughes esquire and a deed in the National Library of Ireland, dated 1783 and involving the Wynne estate, would suggest that Beechwood was the residence of Henry Hughes at that time. The maps in the Public Record Office of Ireland of the Hughes estate in the parishes of Drumatempel and Oran, barony of Ballymoe, county Roscommon refer to the estate of Thomas Hughes of county Antrim. His daughter married Sir William G. Johnson. It is not clear if this is the same Hughes family as that of Beechwood.
- Hughes estate maps, 19th century. D.2946 add.; National Archives of Ireland
- Deeds between Henry Hughes of Beechwood, Co Roscommon & Owen Wynne of Hazelwood, Co Sligo, re lands in barony of Balllintober South, 7 May 1789. D 16, 836-16,837; National Library of Ireland
- Two manuscript maps of the Hughes estate in the parishes of Drumatemple and Oran, Co Roscommon, 1837. D/2946/2/1 & 1A; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Contemporary printed sources
- TAYLOR, George & SKINNER, Andrew. ''Maps of the Roads of Ireland, surveyed in 1777 and corrected down to 1783''. Facsimile of 2nd edition. Shannon: Irish University Press, 1969: 71 (Beechwood)
- PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS. ''15th Annual Report of the Commissioners of Public Records Ireland,'' 1825. Vol XVI, Appendix I, Grants under Acts of Settlement: 202
- WILSON, William. ''The Post-Chaise Companion or Travellers Directory Through Ireland''. The author: Dublin, 1786 : 113 (Beechwood)