Landed Estates
University of Galway

Knox Gore

James Knox of Broadlands Park (1774-1818) was the third son of Francis Knox of Rappa Castle. Both his mother and his wife were members of the Gore family, Earls of Arran. Part of his estate was inherited from his grandfather, Paul Annesley Gore of Belleek, and he took the additional surname of Gore in compliance with his grandfather's will. A daughter of Paul Annesley Gore married Right Honourable Henry King, brother of the Earl of Kingston, and the Kings held Belleek at the beginning of the 19th century. Francis Annesley Knox Gore was created a baronet in 1868 and when the male line died out in 1891 the family became Saunders Knox Gore. The Knox Gore estate was centred around the town of Ballina. It included lands in the parishes of Doonfeeny, Kilmoremoy and Ballysakerry, barony of Tirawley, in the parishes of Bohola, Killasser and Kilgarvan, barony of Gallen, in the parish and barony of Burrishoole, county Mayo and in the barony of Tireragh, county Sligo. In 1876 the estate amounted to 22,023 acres in county Mayo and 8569 acres in county Sligo. In 1906 Matilda and Sarah Knox Gore held over 1500 acres of untenanted land in the barony of Tireragh, county Sligo. Offers from the Congested Districts' Board to various members of the Knox Gore family had been accepted for the purchase of most of the county Mayo and Sligo estates by March 1916.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Downhill Knockalyre or Downhill Kilmoremoy Ballina Ardnaree South Rural 2 Tireragh Sligo OSI Ref: G258193
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 24
Ardnaree Cottage Ardnaree Kilmoremoy Ballina Ardnaree South Rural 2 Tireragh Sligo OSI Ref: G246 185
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 24
Broadlands Broadlands or Knockafarson Ballysakeery Ballina Ballysakeery 8 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G216 264
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 24
Belleek Manor/Abbey Garrankeel Kilmoremoy Ballina Ballina Rural 6 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G252 211
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 24
Cill-Alaithe Killala Killala Killala Killala Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G206296
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 24

Archival sources

  • Grant of arms to James Knox of Broadlands, on his assuming name and arms of Knox Gore in memory of his maternal grandfather Annesley Gore of Beleek, 4 June 1813. GO MS 106, 47-48; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of Royal Licence to James Knox of Broadlands Park, to bear the name Gore in addition to that of Knox, 4 May 1813. GO MS 150, 163 & 169-171; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Knox of Lifford, Co Donegal, of Castlereagh, Moyne, Rappa Castle, Broadlands, Netley Park, Bushfield, Greenwood Park, Lissodrone, Co Mayo and of Woodstock, Co Wicklow and Dublin city, c 1600-1824. GO MS 169, 280-289; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Knox, later Knox Gore of Rappa Castle, Broadlands Park, Ballina House, Beleek Manor, Netley Park and Bushfield, Co Mayo, c 1740-1868. GO MS 179, 341-346; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of Belleek estate of Isaac Beckett and Co. 999/460; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources