Landed Estates
University of Galway

Fitzgerald (Kilcarragh & Adelphi)

This family was established at Kilcarragh, parish of Kilfenora, barony of Corcomroe, county Clare in the early 18th century. In 1783 William Fitzgerald of Kilcarragh married Anne Powell of Cloverville, county Limerick and they had two sons. The eldest, Francis John Fitzgerald, lived at Adelphi, [near Ennis] and died unmarried in 1854. He was succeeded by his brother, William Fitzgerald of Adelphi and Inchoveagh, parish of Kiltoraght. In the mid 19th century the Fitzgerald estate was mainly in the parishes of Kilfenora and Kiltoraght, barony of Corcomroe, Killonaghan, Oughtmama and Kilmoon, barony of Burren and Kilrush, barony of Moyarta. William Fitzgerald died in 1872 and the estate passed to his grandson, William Henry Wilson, who assumed the additional surname of Fitzgerald in accordance with his grandfather’s will. In the 1870s William Henry Wilson-Fitzgerald owned over 9,000 acres in county Clare. He lived at Cliffe Hall, Darlington, Durham in the north of England. His aunt, Mary Fitzgerald, married Sir Lucius O’Brien 5th baronet in 1837.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballybaun Ballybaun Kilfenora Corrofin Kiltoraght 17 Corcomroe Clare OSI Ref: R212 935
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 51
Kilcarragh Kilcarragh Kilfenora Ennistimon Kilfenora 49 Corcomroe Clare OSI Ref: R178 938
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 51
Adelphi Clifden Rath Corrofin Rath 19 Inchiquin Clare OSI Ref: R263 890
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 57

Archival sources

  • Copy of confirmation of arms to descendants of William Fitzgerald of Kilcarragh & to his daughter Anne, widow of Richard Bassett Wilson of Cliff Hall, co of York, only surviving child and co-heir of William Fitzgerald of Adelphi, 5 July 1872. GO MS 109: 253-254; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Fitzgerald, 27 May 1858, Vol 11, 17-22; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Fitzgerald, 27 May 1858, Vol 51 (54), MRGS 39/025, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources