Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Butler (Bunnahow & Walterstown)

Both Hussey de Burgh and the Landowners state that William Butler of Bunmahon, owned an estate of over 1,300 acres in county Galway in the 1870s. Bunmahon may possibly be a mistake for Bunnahow, on the border of counties Galway and Clare. The Butlers of Bunnahow and Walterstown, county Clare, were a junior branch of the Butler family of Doone and Millbrook, county Clare. They married into a number of county Galway families, including the Butlers of Cregg Castle, Blakes of Kiltullagh and Frenchfort and the Blake Forsters of Ashfield. The Butler estate straddled the border between counties Galway and Clare. Their county Galway land was mainly in the parish of Beagh, barony of Kiltartan and their county Clare land was in the parish of Inchicronan, barony of Bunratty Upper where their residence Bunnahow was also located. They held their county Clare property from George Wyndham, later Lord Leconfield. In the 1870s William Butler of "Bunmahon" owned 1396 acres in county Galway and Nicholas Butler of Walterstown owned 847 acres in county Galway and 2194 acres in county Clare. Austin Butler also held over 300 acres in Beagh parish in the 1870s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Bunnahow Bunnahow Inchicronan Gort Caher 149 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R435 930
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 52
Walterstown Ballynagranagh Inchicronan Tulla Toberbreeda 147 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref:
OS Sheet:
Discovery map:

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Butler of Doonmulvihill, Millbrooke, Glenwilliam, Bunnahow, Walterstown, Ashfield, Co Clare, Mount Vernon, Co Galway, also Blake Butler & Butler Creagh, c 1680-1892. GO MS 177: 368-373; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Butler of Boytonrath & Crallagh, Co Tipperary & of Doone & Bunnahow, Co Clare, c 1500-1814. GO MS 172: 173-176; National Library of Ireland
  • Includes some notes Madam Columba Butler, OSB, re Butlers of Bunnahow, Nov 1953. MS 4577; National Library of Ireland
  • Volume containing copies of deeds & other legal records re families and lands in county Clare, appears to belong to William Butler of Bunnahow c 1743-1786. GO MS 624; National Library of Ireland
  • Photostats of pedigrees of the Butler and related families, compiled by Thomas Blake Butler. GO MS 521-522; National Library of Ireland
  • Land Judges' Court rental, Butler, lands of Bunnahow, Cos Clare & Galway, 13 Dec 1895. Small Accessions Index 1/65 Rental 57; National Archives of Ireland
  • Undated rental of lands mainly in the parish of Inchicronan, Co Clare, MS 3703(179-180); National Archives of Ireland
  • Joyce, Mackie & Lougheed, auctioneers' collection, includes records relating to the Lattey family in India and at Cregg Castle and Bunnahow, 19th century. D.15854-15876, Co 3495-3502, M.1455-1464 ; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources