Landed Estates
NUI Galway

O'Brien/Stafford O'Brien

In 1699 Henry O'Brien, second son of sir Donough O'Brien of Dromoland Castle, county Clare, married Susanna Stafford. The Stafford O’Briens first lived at Stonehall but later moved to Blaterwycke Park, Northamptonshire, England, a property inherited by Susanna from her father. In the 19th century family members lived at Cratloe Woods, parish of Kilfintinan, barony of Bunratty Lower, county Clare. The Stafford O'Briens had a large estate of over 11,000 acres in county Clare centred on the parishes of Clonloghan, Kilfintinan and Clooney in the baronies of Bunratty Lower and Upper and in the parishes of Dysert, Kilkeedy and Kilnamona, barony of Inchiquin and they also held townlands in the parishes of Kilconry, Templemaley, Kilchreest, Killadysert, Tulla, Kilmaley and Drumcliff. Their county Limerick estate was located in the parishes of Doon and Tuogh, barony of Owneybeg and their county Tipperary estate in the parishes of Clonpet, Cordangan and Tipperary, barony of Clanwilliam, Ballynaclogh, Latteragh and Nenagh, barony of Upper Ormond and Kilcomenty and Killoscully, barony of Owney and Arra. In the 1870s Henry De Stafford O'Brien also owned 5,263 acres in county Limerick and 7,984 acres in county Tipperary.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Curragh House Ballygriffy South Dysert Ennis Templemaley 25 Inchiquin Clare OSI Ref: R313 818
OS Sheet: 25
Discovery map: 57
Cratloe Woods Portdrine Kilfintinan Limerick Cratloe 116 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R500 595
OS Sheet: 62
Discovery map: 65
Cratloe House Cratloe Killeely Limerick Cratloe 116 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R510590
OS Sheet: 62
Discovery map: 65
Stonehall Stonehall Kilconry Ennis Clenagh 39 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R382 630
OS Sheet: 51
Discovery map: 58
Portnard Portnard Tuogh Limerick Doon West 75 Owneybeg Limerick OSI Ref: R763 537
OS Sheet: 15
Discovery map: 65
Towerhill Tuogh Tuogh Limerick Cappamore 73 Owneybeg Limerick OSI Ref: R765 492
OS Sheet: 15
Discovery map: 65
Tyone Tyone Nenagh Nenagh Nenagh Rural 88 Upper Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R874 780
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 59

Archival sources

  • Will of Stafford O’Brien & related papers, concerning his estates in Cos Limerick, Clare & Tipperary. Ms 5023a ; Trinity College Dublin
  • Large collection of solicitors' records including documents re the Stafford family, 18th-19th centuries. E.J.French solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 8; National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of O’Brien of Dromoland, Bts of Leamanagh, Stone Hall, c 1550-1804. GO MS 112: 34-35; National Library of Ireland
  • Inchiquin Papers, include records re Henry O'Brien of Stonehall & the Blatherwick estate, 1697-1753. Collection List 143, MSS 45,340-45,341; National Library of Ireland
  • Estate Papers 16th-19th centuries & deeds and papers 1865-1924.; Northamptonshire Record Office
  • Estate maps, still at Cratloe Woods House in 1992.; Private Possession
  • Pedigree of O’Brien, Earls & Barons Inchiquin of Dromoland, Co Clare, Cahermoyle, Co Limerick, Blatherwick, Northampton, c 1206-1855. GO MS 178:98-122 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Inchiquin Papers: rental of Co Clare estate of Henry O’Brien of Stonehall 1722, rentals of the estates in Cos Clare, Limerick, Tipperary & in city of Cork of Donough O’Brien, grandson of Henry, 1828, 1758. MS 14,790; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of Cappamore & Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, [kept by J. O'Brien], 1890-1901. MS 18,322 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Leases, correspondence & other papers, re mines in Cos Clare & Tipperary, George Pleydell Wilton, solicitor, London, C.L. Barnwell, E.Pycroft & Browne of Newgrove, Smith of Moyrisk, Westropp of Cacker, Stafford O'Brien, 1850s. 999/313; National Archives of Ireland
  • Robert Vere O'Brien Papers, deeds, wills & other documents re O'Briens of Dromoland, Stafford O'Brien, De Vere Hunt, Scott of Cahiracon & other families, 18th-20th centuries (unsorted collection). PC 247 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Stafford (Arthur) and Susanna Stafford appellants versus Nassau Powlett executor of Major General James Crofts, Benjamin Burton, heir of Charles Campbell, Bruen Worthington, John Moore and William Colvill re estates of Henry O'Brien, viz., the lands of Tyone and other lands in co. Tipperary and co. Limerick. Irish Chancery appeal. Appellants' case and respondents' case. Mar., 1733. House of Lords Appeals: Vol. 11 ; King's Inn Library
  • Genealogical notes on Stafford of Blatherwycke Park by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560 ; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources