Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Roche (Carass)

George Roche was Mayor of Limerick at the beginning of the 18th century and also represented the city in Parliament. His grandson David Roche of Carass, agent to Lord Carbery, married Frances Maunsell and was renting the mill at Carass from Lord Carbery in the late 18th century. Correspondence from David Roche as agent is to be found in the Bisbrooke Hall Papers. Their son David became a baronet in 1838. David Roche was agent to the Hartopp estate at the time of the first Ordnance Survey. Sir David Roche's county Limerick estate was in the parishes of Mungret, barony of Pubblebrien, Bruree, barony of Connello Upper and Croom, Drehidtarsna and Dysert, barony of Coshma. In the latter he rented land from Trinity College, Dublin, the Reverend John Delmege and Major Sullivan. Caherass was his seat where he owned flour mills valued at £203. Sir David Vandeleur Roche 2nd baronet owned 3,951 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s. Griffith’s Valuation records Sir David Roche as the immediate lessor of four townlands in the parish of Clareabbey, barony of Islands, county Clare, previously the estate of the Peacocke family. His second son Standish O’Grady Roche owned 1,497 acres in county Clare in the 1870s. The house Barntick was leased to the Lyons family in the early 1850s and was eventually purchased by them in the late 19th century. The mother of Sir Michael Hogan, a very distinguished member of the British Colonial Service in the mid 20th century was a member of the Lyons family. Sir David Roche was the lessor of several townlands in the parish of Castleisland, county Kerry at the time of Griffith's Valuation and during the Ordnance Survey of the 1830s.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Claremount House Ballaghafaddda West Clareabbey Ennis Clareabbey 31 Islands Clare OSI Ref: R341 729
OS Sheet: 41
Discovery map: 58
Barntick Barntick Clareabbey Ennis Clareabbey 31 Islands Clare OSI Ref: R328 723
OS Sheet: 41
Discovery map: 58
Meanus House Meanus Castleisland Tralee Castleisland 152 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q978103
OS Sheet: 39
Discovery map: 71
Ballycummin Ballycummin Mungret Limerick Ballycummin Pubblebrien Limerick OSI Ref: R553 524
OS Sheet: 13
Discovery map: 65
Carass House Ballyouragan Dysert Croom Croom 16 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R503 427
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 65
Carass Court Caherass Croom Croom Croom 16 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R497 427
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 65
Clorane Clorane Croom Croom Abbeyville 13 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R555 391
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 65
Fanningstown Castle Fanningstown Adare Croom Dunnaman 4 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R499 443
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Grant of arms to David Roche of Carass, Co Limerick & Barntick, Co Clare, 1 July 1838. GO MS 107, 140-141; National Library of Ireland
  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re Roche of Carass, mainly 19th century. A.Lane Joynt solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 51, Co.965-990, M.353-363, D.5534-5753, T.1176-1198; National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Roche of Newcastle & Carass, Co Limerick, c 1595-1793. GO MS 112:9; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Roche of Carass, Co Limerick, 1749-1833. GO MS 171:479-480; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Roche of Limerick city & St Malo, France, c 1600-1721. GO MS160:61-62; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Croom, barony of Coshma, 1943. Limerick North East 11; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources