Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bridgeman

At the time of Griffith's Valuation the representatives of St John Bridgeman held land in the parishes of Kilmaley, barony of Islands and Tomfinlough, barony of Bunratty Lower, county Clare. The Bridgemans had been settled in county Clare from the late 17th century and were head tenants on lands in the parishes of Killuran and Kilseily, barony of Tulla Lower. Willliam Bridgeman buried in Kilseily cemetery, barony of Tulla Lower, appears to have married firstly Elizabeth Ievers and secondly Ellinor Wall. His son Henry Bridgeman and his wife Catherine St John of county Tipperary erected a memorial to the family in Kilseily in 1714. St John Bridgeman was sheriff of Co Clare in 1737. Joanna Bridgeman, a Sisters of Mercy nun and a nursing pioneer, was born in Ballagh, Ruan Parish, barony of Inchiquin, county Clare, around 1812. Her father was St. John Bridgeman and her mother was Lucy Reddan of Derrynane, county Kerry. The representatives of St John Bridgeman held land in the parishes of Kilmaley, barony of Islands and Tomfinlough, barony of Bunratty Lower at the time of Griffith's Valuation. Hewitt Bridgeman sold the rental of 840 acres including Crough South, which he held from George Lysaght, in the baronies of Burren and Inchiquin, in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1851. Bridgemans still held 12 acres in the parish of Ruan in the 1870s. A St John Bridgeman was residing at Rathluby, parish of Quin, barony of Bunratty Upper, in 1799 and in the mid 19th century Henry Bridgeman held Rathluby from Eliza Piercey. In December 1861 the estate of Jane Piercy (a daughter of John Westropp of Fort Anne) at Cappagh in the barony of Lower Connello, county Limerick, and at Rathluby were advertised for sale in the Landed Estates Court. The sale rental records that Henry Bridgeman's lease had just expired.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Teernea Teernea Ruan Corrofin Muckanagh 18 Inchiquin Clare OSI Ref: R338 902
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 52
Rathluby Rathluby Quin Tulla Dangan 143 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R466 723
OS Sheet: 43
Discovery map: 58
Woodfield Woodfield Kilseily Limerick Kilseily 108 Tulla Lower Clare OSI Ref: R539 733
OS Sheet: 43
Discovery map: 58
Fairymount Montpelier Stradbally Limerick Castleconnell 47 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R672 665
OS Sheet: 1
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • O'Loghlen Papers, include records re the Bridgeman family. Microfilm P 2543; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Bridgeman, 7 Feb 1851, Vol 5 (42), MRGS 39/002, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Piercy, 6 Dec 1861, Vol 28, 55-66; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Piercy, 6 Dec 1861, Vol 63 (58), MRGS 39/032, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Lease of Cobagh etc, Co Clare, Henry Bridgeman to John Bentley, 1757. E.J. French solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 8, D.2682; National Archives of Ireland
  • [Copy of ] will of Henry Bridgeman, Limerick, 1766. T/2817; National Archives of Ireland
  • O'Connor & Dudley, solicitors collection, includes an assignment Henry O. Bridgeman to Sir Richard D. de Burgho Bt, 1853. Small Accs Index 66, D.9224; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources