Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Studdert (Bunratty)

The Reverend George Studdert, rector of Kilpeacon and Rathkeale, county Limerick, was the son of George Studdert who was granted lands in counties Limerick and Kerry in the 17th century. The Reverend George married Millicent daughter of George Rose of Morgans and Mount Prospect, county Limerick and their sons were the ancestors of the various familes of Studderts of counties Clare and Limerick. From Thomas their eldest son descend the Studderts of Bunratty. Henry 8th and last Earl of Thomond sold Bunratty castle, county Clare and 472 acres to Thomas Amory in 1712 for £225 and an annual rent of £120. Amory sold the Castle to Thomas Studdert who took up residence circa 1720. The Studderts later built a house in the grounds of the demesne and castle was abandoned. The castle ruin was purchased by the 7th Viscount Gort in 1956. He restored it with assistance from state agencies and opened it to the public in 1960. In 1778 Thomas Studdert of Bunratty married Anne Fitzgerald of Shepperton and had six sons and three daughters. His fourth son Charles Fitzgerald Studdert resided at Newmarket House, Newmarket-on-Fergus. Charles F. Studdert was married to Maria Wogan, a niece of Thomas Steele. She inherited Cullane House, Kilkishen, from her uncle, which became the home of their eldest son Robert Wogan Studdert. At the time of Griffith's Valuation R.W. Studdert held 5 townlands from the Bishop of Limerick in the parish of Mungret, barony of Pubblebrien, county Limerick. In the 1870s Robert Wogan Studdert of Cullane owned 386 acres in county Clare and 218 acres in county Limerick. Richard Studdert of Bunratty owned over 400 acres in county Clare in the 1870s. Thomas Studdert of Bunratty owned over 600 acres in county Kerry in the 1870s, mostly in the parish of Kilfeighny, barony of Clanmaurice. This land was owned by Joseph and Maurice Studdart at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The rental of this land was offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court in July 1865. The sale notice indicates it was on lease from the Palmer estate. Lewis mentions a property called Braeside Cottage, the seat of Hugh Studdart, in 1837.

Associated Families

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Bunratty Bunratty East Bunratty Ennis Drumline 40 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R452 615
OS Sheet: 62
Discovery map: 58
Bunratty Castle Bunratty East Bunratty Ennis Drumline 40 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R451 609
OS Sheet: 62
Discovery map: 58
Bunratty Lodge Bunratty West Bunratty Ennis Drumline 40 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R450 607
OS Sheet: 62
Discovery map: 58
Newmarket House Newmarket Tomfinlough Ennis Newmarket 41 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R397 682
OS Sheet: 51
Discovery map: 58
Cullane House Cullaun Quin Tulla Dangan 143 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R474 747
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 58
Dunboy Castle Dunboy Killaconenagh Castletown Killaconenagh 40 Bear Cork OSI Ref: V664440
OS Sheet: 128
Discovery map: 84

Archival sources

  • Copy of confirmation of arms to to Major Robert Hallam Studdert, son of George H. Studdert, a descendant of Richard Studdert of Clonderlaw, younger brother of Thomas Studdert of Bunratty & both sons of Rev George Studdert, 21 Nov 1927. GO MS 111c: 100; National Library of Ireland
  • Confirmation of arms to descendants of Thomas Studdert of Bunratty Castle, High Sheriff of Clare 1827 (1727?) & to his great grandson Capt Richard Studdert, RN of Bunratty, 20 Apr 1871. GO MS 109: 227-228; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Studdert, 14 July 1851, Vol 2, 61-68; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Studdert, 14 July 1851, Vol 10 (16), 18 May 1852, Vol 15 (33), MRGS 39/004, 39/007 (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Household & bank accounts of Thomas de Clare Studdert. MS19,877; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Studdert, 4 July 1865, Vol 78, MRGS 39/038, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Includes genealogical tree of Studdert family. MS.7331; National Library of Ireland
  • Catalogue of sale of furnishings of Cullane House, following death of Mrs Loftus Adam Studdert, 1 & 2 Dec [1954]. LM1994.0014; Limerick City Museum
  • A.J. Joyce, solicitor's collection, includes memoraial of assignment & mortgage of lands of Shragh, Kilbury & Ballycarney, Co Clare, Andrew Welsh & John F. Studdert to Mary Otway, 27 Spt 1865. Small Accs Index 89, D.12816; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources