Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Burton (Buncraggy & Carrigaholt)

Samuel Burton of Buncraggy, county Clare, married Margaret Harris and died in 1712. From their eldest son Francis descend the Marquesses of Conyngham and the Burtons of Carrigaholt and from their younger son, Benjamin Burton, Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1703 and Member of Parliament 1703-1723, descend the Burtons of Burton Hall, county Carlow. Francis Burton was a member of a partnership who purchased the forfeited estates of Viscount Clare from the Earl of Albemarle in 1698. His partners were Nicholas Westby and James McDonnell. The Burtons also acquired land from the Ingoldsbys and the Earl of Thomond. Francis's son, another Francis Burton, married Mary Conyngham and their son, Francis Pierpont Burton, succeeded his uncle as 2nd Baron Conyngham. The 2nd Baron married Elizabeth Clements and they had twin sons, Henry who became Marquess of Conyngham and Francis, father of Henry Stuart Burton of Carrigaholt Castle, who owned an estate consisting of 14 townlands in the parishes of Kilmacduane, Moyarta and Kilrush, barony of Moyarta, county Clare, in the mid 19th century. Henry S. Burton also had some land in the parish of Killone, barony of Islands. He had three sons and four daughters but none of his sons had any children so the male line died out in 1919. His eldest son, Francis N. V. Burton of Carnelly and Carrigaholt, owned an estate of 9,669 acres in the mid 1870s. His wife was Marie, daughter and heiress of Savory, Duke de Rovigo. The Conyngham Papers in the National Library of Ireland contain records relating to the Burton estates.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Gower Hall Gower North Kilmacduane Kilrush Cooraclare 95 Moyarta Clare OSI Ref: R027 604
OS Sheet: 57
Discovery map: 57
Carrigaholt Rinemackaderrig Moyarta Kilrush Rahona 79 Moyarta Clare OSI Ref: Q847 511
OS Sheet: 65
Discovery map: 63
Buncraggy Buncraggy Clareabbey Ennis Clareabbey 31 Islands Clare OSI Ref: R328 713
OS Sheet: 41
Discovery map: 58
Carnelly Carrownanelly Clareabbey Ennis Doora 32 Islands Clare OSI Ref: R365 735
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Conyngham Estate Papers, Collection List 53, MSS 35,339-35,434; National Library of Ireland
  • Business Records Survey - Records of Michael McMahon & Son, Estate & Insurance agents, Ennis, including the Burton estate, 1757-1917. CL3/6; National Archives of Ireland
  • Wardenstown Papers, includes an assignment of Mogowna, Co Clare, Robert Kean the younger, Kildeema, Co Clare to William Stacpoole, Edenvale, 1783, formerly leased by Francis Pierpoint Burton to R. Kean. D.3549 ; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • McMahon Collection, IE CLCCA/PP/EST/1, includes valuation for probate of the estate of William C.V. Burton, Carrigaholt Castle. County Clare, deceased, 20 Feb 1919.; Clare County Archives

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Modern printed sources