Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The McGillycuddy of the Reeks is an ancient title from the Gaelic tradition, believed to be descended from the medieval kings of Munster. This family was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Knockane and Killorglin, barony of Dunkerron North, at the time of Griffith’s Valuation. In the 1870s The McGillycuddy’s estate amounted to over 15,000 acres in county Kerry. The family were married into many other well-known Kerry families such as the Crosbies and the Blennerhassetts.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
The Reeks or Baunclune Whitefield Knockane Killarney Kilgobnet 79 Dunkerron North Kerry OSI Ref: V834938
OS Sheet: 57
Discovery map: 72
Coolgarriv House Coolgarriv Aghadoe Killarney Killarney Rural 71 Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V958931
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 78

Archival sources

  • The McGillycuddy Papers. Ms.3014: miscellaneous documents concerning the McGillycuddy family and estate, 17th-18th century. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rowan Papers: lease by Robert Hickson of lands at Rathronane, barony of Trughanacmy, to Francis McGillycuddy, 1804. D.26,702. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes documents re the McGillycuddy estate in Co Kerry, late 19th & early 20th centuries. Small Accs. Index 105, M.3996-4002, D.21,752-21,755; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey Files, 1942-43: Parish of Tuogh (The Reeks); Kerry Library, Local History & Archives Section

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources