Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Orpen (Glanarought)

Burke describes the Orpen family as claiming great antiquity. They settled in Ireland after the Cromwellian wars and married into some of the other influential families in county Kerry including the Herberts. Richard Orpen was agent for Sir William Petty on his county Kerry estates. Over 4000 acres of the estate of Richard Becher Opren in the barony of Glanarought were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in November 1852. The petitioner was John B. Warren, who later acquired parts of the Orpen lands in this area. Over 10,000 acres of the estate of Adrian Taylor, in which members of the Orpen and Warren families had an interest, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in May 1855. Richard J.T. Orpen was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Kenmare and Kilgravan at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In the 1870s the estate of the late Sir Richard Orpen amounted to over 12,000 acres in county Kerry as well as 300 acres in county Cork. The representatives of F.H. Orpen were the proprietors of 800 acres in county Kerry at the same time.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ardtully House Ardtully Kilgarvan Kenmare Kilgarvan 49 Glanarought Kerry OSI Ref: V986729
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 78
Cloontoo Ardtully Kilgarvan Kenmare Kilgarvan 49 Glanarought Kerry OSI Ref: V974729
OS Sheet: 93
Discovery map: 78
Woodville Dromnycolman Kilgarvan Kenmare Glanlough Glanarought Kerry OSI Ref: W011728
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 79
Sillahertane House Sillahertane Kilgarvan Kenmare Glanlee 47 Glanarought Kerry OSI Ref: W094731
OS Sheet: 95
Discovery map: 79
Bridgeville Park Slaght Kilgarvan Kenmare Kilgravan 49 Glanarought Kerry OSI Ref: V990737
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 78
Killowen House Killowen Kenmare Kenmare Kenmare 44 Glanarought Kerry OSI Ref: V928716
OS Sheet: 93
Discovery map: 78

Archival sources

  • 1755-19th cent: deeds and papers. Contact National Library of Ireland; Private Possession
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Orpen, 12 November 1852, Vol 19, MRGS 39/008, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Taylor, Warren, 3 May 1855, Vol 34, MRGS 39/016, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Jameson, solicitors collection, lease of dwelling house, office & lands at Killowen, Co Kerry, Marquess of Lansdowne to Edward Orpen Palmer, 11 Feb 1867. Small Accs Index 53, D.7367; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of the Rev. Francis Orpen, Rector of Dungorney, Co. Cork by Susanna Millerd, daughter and coheiress of Alderman Hugh Millerd of Monard, Co. Cork and to his second but eldest surviving son, Richard John Theodore Orpen of Ardtully, Co. Kerry, President of the Society of Attorneys and Solicitors of Ireland, May 21, 1862. Genealogical Office: Ms.108, pp.414-5 ; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources