Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Wyndham

The Wyndham/Leconfield Irish estate, derived from the O’Briens, Earls of Thomond, was the largest estate in county Clare containing townlands in seven of the eleven baronies. Colonel George Wyndham was the eldest natural son of George O’Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, who died in 1837. Following the death of the 4th Earl of Egremont without heirs in 1845 the Colonel succeeded to the Egremont estates which included those of the O’Briens, Earls of Thomond, the remainder of these estates having been left to Percy Wyndham, uncle of George O’Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, by Henry O'Brien, 8th Earl of Thomond. In 1854 the Wyndham Estate Act was enacted to deal with the limitations of the will of George, 3rd Earl of Egremont, dated 1 January 1841. The Trustees of the Wyndham Estate Act in the 1860s were Lord Naas, Reverend Henry Sockett and Reverend William Sinclair. The rental of their estate in the barony of Tulla Upper amounting to 3,171 acres was advertised for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in April 1861. Further lands in the barony of Islands and houses and premises in Ennis and Limerick were offered for sale in May 1862 and the brewery and premises held by the representatives of Patrick Hickey in March 1863. Colonel George Wyndham was given the title Baron Leconfield in 1859 and died in 1869 when he was succeeded by his son, Henry, 2nd Baron. In the 1870s he owned 37,292 acres in county Clare, 6,269 acres in county Limerick and 273 acres in county Tipperary (parish of Kilmastulla, barony of Owney and Arra). The Wyndham county Limerick estate was located mainly in the parish of Fedamore but also in the parishes of Ballycahane, barony of Smallcounty, Crecora and Monasteranenagh, barony of Pubblebrien, Dromkeen and Grean, barony of Clanwilliam, Grean, Oola, Templebredon and Tuoghcluggin, barony of Coonagh. Thomas Crowe of Ennis was agent for his county Limerick estate. Lord Leconfield lived at Petworth House in Sussex.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Freagh Castle Freaghcastle Kilfarboy Ennistimon Ballyvaskin 52 Ibrickan Clare OSI Ref: R039 819
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 57
Kildeema Kildeema South Kilfarboy Ennistimon Annagh 51 Ibrickan Clare OSI Ref: R063 758
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 57
Carrowduff Carrowduff Kilmurry Ennistimon Annagh 51 Ibrickan Clare OSI Ref: R049 765
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 57
Manus House Manusmore Clareabbey Ennis Doora 32 Islands Clare OSI Ref: R372 731
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 58
Manus South House Manusmore Clareabbey Ennis Doora 32 Islands Clare OSI Ref: R376 721
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 58
Athlunkard House Athlunkard St Patricks Limerick Ballyglass 113 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R593 593
OS Sheet: 63
Discovery map: 65
Ballycunneen Ballycunneen Drumline Ennis Drumline 40 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R432 637
OS Sheet: 51
Discovery map: 58
Castletown House Muckinish Clooney Ennis Spancelhill 24 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R388 796
OS Sheet: 34
Discovery map: 58
Erribul Erribal Kilfiddane Killadysert Rinealon 75 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R184531
OS Sheet: 69
Discovery map: 64
Crovraghan Crovraghan Killala Killala Kilchreest 67 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R275 601
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 57
Fedamore Fedamore Fedamore Croom Fedamore 17 Smallcounty Limerick OSI Ref: R595 444
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Map of part of Col Wyndham’s estate in barony of Tulla, 1841. 15 B. 9(13); National Library of Ireland
  • Copies of documents from the Petworth House Papers relating to the Co Clare estates of the Earls of Thomond which were inherited by the Earls of Egremont. 3 microfilm reels; Clare County Library
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Halloran, 6 June 1853, Vol 21 (22), includes lithograph of Ballycunneen House, MRGS 39/009, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), O’Halloran, 7 June 1853, Vol 5, 51-60; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), trustees of Wyndham Estate Act, 19 Apr 1861, Vol 28, 1-12; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), trustees of Wyndham Estate Act, 19 Apr 1861, Vol 61 (59), MRGS 39/031, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), trustees of Wyndham Estate Act, 30 May 1862, Vol 27, 37-52, (with list of purchasers); James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), trustees of Wyndham Estate Act, 30 May 1862, Vol 65 (38), MRGS 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), trustess of Wyndham Estate Act, 2 Mar 1865, Vol 26, 17-22; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), trustess of Wyndham Estate Act, 2 Mar 1865, Vol 67 (48), MRGS 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Leconfield Estate Office, rentals and accounts Cos Clare & Limerick estates, 1846-1917. Acc. 1074/1; National Archives of Ireland
  • Petworth House Archives.; West Sussex Record Office
  • Petworth House Archives. Contact West Sussex Record Office.; Private Possession
  • Foster Papers, include newspaper article re Wyndham estate with regard to the Poor Law & evictions, Dec 1849. D3618/D/1/8-10; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • McMahon Collection, IE CLCCA/PP/EST/1; Clare County Archives

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Modern printed sources