Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bernard/Morrogh-Bernard

According to Burke, Edward Murrough married Martha Bernard of the county Kerry family and their son John took the name Bernard on inheriting his mother’s family property. John Morrogh Bernard was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Kilbonane, barony of Magunihy and Killinane, barony of Iveragh at the time of Griffith’s Valuation. Lands on lease from the Bernard estate to John Shea Lawlor were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in January 1856. The Morrogh Bernard estate in Kerry amounted to over 7000 acres in Kerry in the 1870s. Edward Bernard of Killarney is also recorded as the owner of over 900 acres in county Wexford. Walter Morrogh was the proprietor of over 500 acres in county Kerry at this time. In the 1940s the Irish Tourist Association survey makes reference to "a nun (Mother Arsenius) , a member of the Bernard family, who founded the Foxford Woollen mills". The descendants of the Bernard family were said to be living in Italy in the early 1940s. Agnes Morrogh Bernard, later Mother Arsenius of the Sisters of Charity, foundress of the Foxford Woollen Mills in county Mayo in 1892, was a member of this family.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Gortroe Lodge Gortroe Aghadoe Killarney Killarney Rural 71 Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V943922
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 78
Sheheree Cottage Sheheree Killarney Killarney Coolies 70 Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V987886
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 78
Altavilla Farrantoreen Killorglin Killarney Killorglin 80 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: V782958
OS Sheet: 56
Discovery map: 78
Ballynagare House Ballynagare Dysert Listowel Kiltomy 104 Clanmaurice Kerry OSI Ref: Q894309
OS Sheet: 15
Discovery map: 63
Rockfield Rockfield Middle Kilbonane Killarney Rockfield Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V881986
OS Sheet: 57
Discovery map: 78
Fahagh Court Faha East Kilbonane Killarney Aglish Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: v886964
OS Sheet: 57
Discovery map: 78
Currymount Currymount Bregoge Mallow Churchtown 238 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R499 100
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 73
Byblox Byblox Doneraile Mallow Doneraile 242 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R594 078
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Old Court (Doneraile) Oldcourt Doneraile Mallow Doneraile 242 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R595 087
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Lawlor, 18 January 1856, Vol 38, MRGS 39/0018, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey Files, 1942-43: Parish of Milltown (Faha Court); Kerry Library, Local History & Archives Section
  • Irish Tourist Association survey files, Parish of Buttevant.; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources