Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blood (Roxton & Cranagher)

The Blood family was established in county Clare from the early 17th century. By the mid 18th century the senior branch of the family was living at Roxton, parish of Rath, barony of Inchiquin and by the end of the 18th century their main residence was Cranagher, parish of Clooney, barony of Bunratty Upper, inherited through William Blood’s marriage to Elizabeth Bindon in 1772. Their grandson, Professor William Bindon Blood (1817-1894), leased Cranagher to Giles Darcy in the 1850s. It was valued at £1.10 at this time. Weir writes that a new house was started some distance from the old one in the 19th century but was never finished due to financial difficulties. Cranagher was sold by General Sir Bindon Blood in 1905. In the mid 19th century the Blood estate was mainly in the barony of Burren, in the parishes of Abbey, Carran and Gleninagh but they also held land in the parish of Clooney, barony of Bunratty Upper and in the parishes of Kilkeedy and Killinaboy, barony of Inchiquin. In June 1858 Roxton and 452 acres were advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court. By the 1870s Roxton was in the possession of James Darling Wilson. In the 1870s William Bindon Blood owned 2,464 acres and his brother Bagot Blood owned 4,460 acres in county Clare. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Neptune Blood of Applevale held three townlands in the parish of Rath and Frederick William Blood held land in the parishes of Rath and Killinaboy. In March 1879 part of the lands of Applevale, including the house, the estate of Fanny Copleston and Margaret Augusta Biscoe (nee Blood), was advertised for sale. In July 1911, 1,288 acres of tenanted land belonging to Neptune W. Blood, was vested in the Congested Districts' Board and over 3,000 acres belonging to Captain Bindon Blood was sold to the Board in June 1913.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rockforest Magheranraheen or Rockforest Kilkeedy Corrofin Ballyeighter 12 Inchiquin Clare OSI Ref: R355 952
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 52
Adelphi Clifden Rath Corrofin Rath 19 Inchiquin Clare OSI Ref: R263 890
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 57
Applevale Applevale Rath Corrofin Rath 19 Inchiquin Clare OSI Ref: R259 877
OS Sheet: 25
Discovery map: 57
Roxton Roxton Rath Corrofin Corrofin 14 Inchiquin Clare OSI Ref: R259 874
OS Sheet: 25
Discovery map: 57
Cranagher Cranagher Clooney Ennis Spancelhill 24 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R406 802
OS Sheet: 34
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Copy of confirmation of arms to Major Gen Sir Bindon Blood of Roxton, by Elizabeth daughter of Nicholas Bindon of Rockmount & from Neptune Blood, MP, 21 Jan 1902. GO MS 111: 115-116; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes on Blood family of England & Cos Clare & Kildare by Col J. N. Blood of Sussex (original in possession of Mr B. Blood, Adelphi, Corrofin). Microfilm P. 5074; National Library of Ireland
  • An account of the family of Blood, mainly of Co Clare, descended from Edmond Blood, MP c 1595. MS 12,816; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of Roxton, Inchiquin Barony, 1834. M.5764; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Blood & Rudgeard, 29 June 1858, Vol 52 (49), MRGS 39/025, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Blood & Rudgeard, 29 June 1858, Vol 11, 159-188; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Copleston & Blood, 28 July 1879, Vol 19, 79-84; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Copleston & Blood, 28 July 1879, Vol 136 (6), MRGS 39/060, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Documents re the marriage settlement of Margaret A. Blood & Vincent R. Biscoe re lands of Applevale & Newtown, barony of Inchiquin, Co Clare, 6 & 7 Nov 1877 & 13 Aur 1879. 999/392/1/2(1-3); National Archives of Ireland
  • Blood Papers, relating to the Bloods of Roxton and Applevale, include deeds, correspondence, copy wills, genealogical papers, etc, 18th-20th centuries. PC 677 (see RPC 465 NLI); National Library of Ireland
  • S.R. & C. Walker, solicitors' collection (1962), contains deeds relating to the Bindon & Blood families & to lands in cos Clare & Limerick, 1747-1796. M.6093 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • McMahon Collection, IE CLCCA/PP/EST/1; Clare County Archives

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources