Landed Estates
NUI Galway

McDonnell (Carnacon)

The McDonnells were settled in the Ballintober area of county Mayo from the 18th century, where they acted as agents and middlemen to some of the larger landowners. James Joseph McDonnell of Carnacon was one of the leaders of the 1798 Rebellion in the locality. By the mid 19th century the McDonnells of Carnacon, parish of Burriscarra, barony of Carra, held the Chevers estate in that parish and in the parish of Ballintober. There was a marriage between members of the two families in 1822. They also had lands in the parish of Bohola, barony of Gallen and the townland of Sheskin, containing almost 7,000 acres, in the parish of Kilcommon, barony of Erris. Most of their estate was advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1853. Lane indicates that it was bought by Mr. Cheevers; apparently in trust for his third son Joseph who adopted the additional surname of McDonnell according to the terms of his maternal uncle's will. Joseph's mother was Eleanor McDonnell of Carnacon. A Myles McDonnell was selling land in the parish of Clontuskert, baronies of Clonmacnowen and Kilconnell, county Galway in July 1853.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Sheskin Lodge Sheskin Kilcommon Belmullet Sheskin 46 Erris Mayo OSI Ref: F946 261
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 23
Carnacon House Carrownacon Burriscarra Ballinrobe Burriscarra 35 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M198 770
OS Sheet: 100
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), McDonnell, 5 Oct 1853, Vol 24, MRGS 39/010, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), McDonnell, 27 Nov 1855, Vol 37, MRGS 39/017, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Chevers of Cos Wexford, Meath, Galway and Chevers MacDonnell of Carnacon, Co Mayo and other places, c 1450-1861. GO MS 179, 321-328; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of demesne of Ballycally, [parish of Burriscarra], barony of Carra, traced for Mr Randal McDonnell, by John Adams, Apr 1752. 16.I.3(15); National Library of Ireland
  • Narrative of events in Co Mayo 1798, by nephew of James MacDonald, 19th century. MS 7335; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy proclamations of James McDonnell, Carnacon 1798 and letters from him in America, 1798-1837. Acc. 999/49; National Archives of Ireland
  • McDonnell letters, c 19th century. Acc. 999/36; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Burke), MacDonnell, 15 July 1853, Vol 17; National Library of Ireland
  • Carnacon, photograph 1998. 097/044; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Survey and Report of Samuel Nicholson on the estate of Sir Robert Lynch Blosse in the baronies of Claremorris and Carra, April 1844. P45/09/14 ; Tuam Diocesan Archives, Tuam

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Modern printed sources