Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Crowe (Dromore)

The Crowe family were living at Nutfield, near Ennis, county Clare in the 1780s. Burke records that Thomas Crowe, second son of Robert Crowe of Nutfield, married a Miss Wainwright of Dublin and had a son, Thomas Crowe of The Abbey, Ennis. He married Ellen Tymons and had six sons and four daughters. The eldest son, Thomas Crowe ,born in 1803, became a barrister and lived at Dromore House, parish of Ruan, barony of Inchiquin which he owned in fee. In 1838 he married Isabella Hume of Humewood, county Wicklow. In the mid 19th century Thomas Crowe held land in seven baronies of county Clare but the main part of his estate was concentrated in the parishes of Ruan and Inagh, barony of Inchiquin and in the parishes of Kilfarboy, Killard and Kilmurry, barony of Ibrickan. In 1857 he bought over 2,000 acres of the estate of the Marquis of Thomond in the barony of Inchiquin. His youngest brother, Wainwright Crowe, lived at Cahircalla, parish of Drumcliff, barony of Islands. In the 1870s Thomas Crowe of Dromore owned 6,121 acres in county Clare and the representatives of his brother, Wainwright Crowe, owned a further 3,126 acres. By 1909 Wainwright F. Crowe had agreed to sell over 1,600 acres to the Congested Districts' Board. The mansion house of Dromore and almost 1,000 acres of untenanted land was still in the possession of the Crowes in 1906. Thomas Crowe's grandson, another Thomas Crowe, sold Dromore in 1936.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Dromore Dromore Ruan Corrofin Ruan 20 Inchiquin Clare OSI Ref: R347 874
OS Sheet: 25
Discovery map: 58
Quilty House or Salus House Quilty East Kilmurry Kilrush Kilmurry 85 Ibrickan Clare OSI Ref: R038 751
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 57
Cahircalla House Cahircalla More Drumcliff Ennis Ennis Rural 26 Islands Clare OSI Ref: R323 762
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 58
Abbeyfield Clonroad Beg Drumcliff Ennis Ennis Rural 26 Islands Clare OSI Ref: R339 778
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 58
Nutfield Nutfield Templemaley Ennis Ruan 20 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R348 834
OS Sheet: 25
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • List of leases in the possession of Thomas Crowe in Ennis, Co. Clare, 1842. Petworth House Archive 12313; West Sussex Record Office
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to descendants of Thomas Crowe of Ennis & to his grandson Thomas Crowe of Dromore House, 19 Mar 1860. GO MS 108: 304-305; National Library of Ireland
  • Release by John Parker of Newtown, Co Tipperary to Robert Crowe of Nutfield, Co Clare of lands in Doone, Newcastle, etc Co Westmeath & Nutfield, Co Clare, 11 Feb 1778. D 18, 678; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of an affidavit re the tracing of a map of the estate of Wainwright Francis Crowe in Co Clare, 1 Jan 1915. MS 21,742; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes on Crowe of Dromane House by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association file, Parish of Dysert, Clare North 3.; Clare County Library
  • Memorials 1858.7.254 & 1858.9.147; Registry of Deeds
  • McMahon Collection, IE CLCCA/PP/EST/1; Clare County Archives

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources