Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Colthurst

In 1702 Nicholas Colthurst of Ballyally, county Cork, purchased over 1,000 acres from the trustees for the sale of forfeited estates, including Ardrum. Sir George Conway Colthurst owned over 31,000 acres in county Cork in the 1870s. In 1846 he married Louisa Jane Jefferyes of Blarney Castle and the Jefferyes estate was eventually inherited by the Colthursts. Some of the Colthurst estate was in the parishes of Dromtarriff, barony of Duhallow, Inishcarra, barony of East Muskerry, Grenagh, barony of Barretts but most of it was in the parish of Ballyvourney, barony of West Muskerry. The family had also previously held property in county Kerry owing to their descent from the Conway family, who had held large estates up to the nineteenth century. In 1856, over 3500 acres of the Colthurst estate in the barony of Trughanacmy, county Kerry, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court. The Ordnance Survey Name Books indicate that this included lands in the parish of Annagh. The Danesfort estate, leased to the Butcher family, was offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court, in 1874. In 2009 Sir Charles Colthurst of Blarney Castle donated the papers relating to the estate and the Colthurst family to the Cork City and County Archives, adding to a previous legal collection relating to this family already in the Archives.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Cloghane Lodge or Fortlands Clahane Annagh Tralee Tralee Rural Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q842127
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 71
Cloghers House Cloghers Annagh Tralee Tralee Rural 173 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q842133
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 71
Danesfort Listymurrough Killarney Killarney Killarney Rural 71 Magunihy Kerry OSI Ref: V977887
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 78
Ardrum Ardrum Inishcarra Cork Carrigrohanebeg 66 East Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W551 740
OS Sheet: 73
Discovery map: 80
Blarney Castle Blarney Demesne Garrycloyne Cork Blarney 72 East Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W607 753
OS Sheet: 62
Discovery map: 80
Woodview Garravagh Inishcarra Cork Carrigrohanebeg 66 East Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W569 714
OS Sheet: 73
Discovery map: 80
Carrigrohane Castle Carrigrohane Carrigrohane Cork Ballincollig 65 Cork Cork OSI Ref: W615 717
OS Sheet: 73
Discovery map: 87
Knight's Bridge & Glebe Glebe Ballyvourney Macroom Gortnatubbrid 231 West Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W197768
OS Sheet: 58
Discovery map: 79

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Butcher, 6 Nov 1874, Vol 117, MRGS 39/053, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Capt. Nicholas Colthurst of Danesfort, 1854. Genealogical Office Ms. 107, 312-313. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Colthurst, 8 October 1856, Vol 41, MRGS 39/020, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Mackworth-Praed Papers, contain records re the castle & manor of Carrigrohane, near Castlemartyr, county Cork, settled on John Colthurst of Ardrum in the latter half of the 18th century. 400 (Boxes 12, 17, 18 & 20); Suffolk Record Office: Bury Branch
  • Colthurst of Blarney estate papers, including deeds, rentals, correspondence, maps & plans, photographs & other material relating to Colthurst, Morris, Oliver, Jefferyes & other families. 1602-1960s. U196 & 196A ; Cork City and County Archives
  • Three items consisting of: a lease, Sir Nicholas Colthurst to Michael Mulchinock, of lands at Ballard, County Kerry; an 1828 Mortgage, James Smith Barry to John Smith Barry, of lands at Lota; Poor Law Commission map of County Cork. 1820,1828,1886. SM603; Cork City and County Archives
  • Padraig O hIci Papers, contains 18 items pertaining to the eviction of C.T. O'Leary, Prohos, Rathcoole by Sir George Colthurst, and a subsequent case, getting a 'grabber' to surrender with compensation from the Estate Commissioners and Landlords, 1892-1911. U163; Cork City and County Archives
  • Copy of confirmation of arms, being Colthurst quartering Conway, to the descendants of the late Sir John Conway Colthurst, Bart., of Ardrum, Co. Cork and to Sir Nicholas Colthurst, Bart., his grandson July 17, 1810. GO Ms.105, p.116 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Colthurst Estate Maps, 1812. MS 11,165; Trinity College Dublin
  • Copy of confirmation of arms being Colthurst quartering Conway, to the descendants of James Colthurst of Knockanariff, Co. Cork, next younger brother to Sir John Conway Colthurst, 1st Bart. of Ardrum and to his great grandson, Joseph Colthurst of Dripsey Castle Oct. 31, 1867. GO Ms. 109, pp. 155-6 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms, being Colthurst quartering Conway, to the descendants of the late Sir John Conway Colthurst, Bart., of Ardrum, Co. Cork and to Sir Nicholas Colthurst, Bart., his grandson July 17, 1810. GO Ms.105, p.116 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Colthurst, Barts., of Ballyally and Ardrum, Killigrohan, Knocknemariff and Dripsey Castle c.1680 1810. GO Ms.113, pp.251-2 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Colthurst, Barts., of Macroom and Cooleneshan and Ballyally and Ardrum, of Knockannariff, Killigrohan, Dripsey Castle, of Carhue House and Clonmoyle all in Co. Cork, and Lucan House, Co. Dublin 1641 -- 1865. GO Ms.114, pp.6-10 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey, parish of Blarney & Whitechurch, Parish of Inniscarra; Cork County Library

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Modern printed sources