Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Herbert (Muckross)

The Herberts were granted land in Kerry during the reign of Elizabeth I. Smith indicates that two members of the family received lands in Kerry after the Desmond rebellion, Sir William Herbert received over 13,000 acres while Charles Herbert received over 3000 acres. The Herbert who eventually settled there was Thomas, descended from a family in Montgomery, Powys, in Wales. Over the next three centuries they were to remain amongst the foremost families in Kerry. Henry Arthur Herbert, MP, was one of the principal lessors of property in the baronies of Dunkerron North and Magunihy, as well as holding some property in the barony of Trughanacmy, at the time of Griffith’s Valuation. In the 1870s his estate amounted to over 47,000 acres in county Kerry. The centre of this large estate was at Muckross, close to Killarney, much of it now included in the Killarney National Park. The family fortunes declined systematically in the late 19th century and most of the estate was sold in the 1890s. An offer was made by the Congested Districts Board on over 400 acres of the Herbert estate in 1914.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Muckross House (Muckross Abbey) Muckross Killarney Killarney Muckross 74 Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V969862
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 78
Grenagh House Grenagh Aghadoe Killarney Lahard Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V887915
OS Sheet: 65
Discovery map: 78
Lord Brandon's Cottage Gearhameen Knockane Killarney Muckross Dunkerron South Kerry OSI Ref: V886821
OS Sheet: 73
Discovery map: 78
Looscaunagh Looscaunagh Knockane Killarney Muckross Dunkerron South Kerry OSI Ref: V883793
OS Sheet: 83
Discovery map: 78
Muckross Hotel Dromyrourk Killarney Killarney Muckross 74 Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V978869
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 78
Torc Cottage Torc Killarney Killarney Muckross 74 Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V962847
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 78
Caherdean House Caherdean Kilcredane Killarney Ballyhar Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V931990
OS Sheet: 58
Discovery map: 78
Lakeview Maulagh Aghadoe Killarney Lahard 66 Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V910917
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 78
Tullig House Tullig Castleisland Tralee Castleisland 152 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: R018091
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 72
Sandville House Clashganniv Dysert Tralee Castleisland 152 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q987083
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 71
Clashganniv House Clashganniv Dysert Tralee Castleisland 152 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q994082
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 71
Kilcow House Kilcow Dysert Tralee Castleisland 152 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q974087
OS Sheet: 39
Discovery map: 71
Tomies Tomies Aghadoe Killarney Muckross Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V894900
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 78

Archival sources

  • 18th cent: misc deeds and papers; National Archives of Ireland
  • S6/65 16th cent-19th cent: papers; University College, Dublin, Archives
  • Powis Castle Archives: 13th cent-20th cent estate and family papers relating to estates in Wales and Ireland; National Library of Wales
  • EL 6362-6406, 5948-50: 16th cent-18th cent: Irish (Castle Island, Co Kerry, etc) deeds and papers; Huntington Library, California
  • Papers relating to Herbert of Cahirnane and Muckross. 17th-19th century. D.16,473-!6,535, M.1849-64, T.6914-6919. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of manuscript map of the seignary of Castle Island, manor of Mount Eagle, the estate of Henry Arthur Herbert. 1729. 16 H. 8 (18); National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Herbert, earls of Pembroke and of Castleisland, county Kerry, 1066-1600. Genealogical Office Ms.97, 25. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Herbert, Earls of Pembroke and of Kilcow, county Kerry, 1415-1780. Genealogical Office Ms.144, 6-7. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copies of legal papers & correspondence relating to the Herbert estates in counties Kerry & Tipperary, c.1662-1767. T.3033. ; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Sale particulars & views of Muckross estate, Co Kerry, not dated. SC01546 [n.d.] ; English Heritage National Monuments Record

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources