Landed Estates
NUI Galway


Smith indicates that the Spring family were originally from Lavenham in Suffolk and settled in Kerry during the reign of Elizabeth I. In the late 18th century Stephen Rice was agent to the Clive estates in county Kerry. In the early 19th century he bought the former Trenchard estate in the barony of Shanid. In 1785 his son, Stephen Edward Rice of Mount Trenchard, county Limerick, married Catherine, only child and heir of Thomas Spring of Castlemaine, county Kerry. Their son, Thomas Spring Rice, was created 1st Lord Monteagle in 1839. He married a daughter of the 1st Earl of Limerick. The Monteagle estate was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Kiltallagh, barony of Trughanacmy, county Kerry at the time of Griffith's Valuation (formerly the Spring estate). Lord Monteagle's Limerick estate was concentrated in the barony of Shanid where he held land in the parishes of Kilmoylan, Robertstown and Shanagolden and also in the parishes of Clonagh, Connelloe Lower and Caherconlish and Carrigparson, barony of Clanwilliam. In the 1830s Lewis writes that the town and surrounding lands of Shanagolden were principally the property of the Right Honourable Thomas Spring Rice, Chancellor of the Exchequer. In the 1840s his agent was Stephen Edward Collis of Listowel, county Kerry. Some of his main tenants at the time of Griffith's Valuation were Faithy Ebzery, Patrick Griffin, Arthur Vincent and Reverend Richard C. Langford. Stephen Edward Collis, Octavius Knox and Robert William Jameson were agents to the Spring Rices in the 19th century. Lord Monteagle's estate in county Limerick amounted to 6,445 acres and his county Kerry estate to over 2000 acres in the 1870s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Glanleam Glanleam Valencia Cahersiveen Valencia Iveragh Kerry OSI Ref: V405771
OS Sheet: 79
Discovery map: 83
Glen Ellen (Kilcolman) Killaclohane Kilcolman Killarney Milltown 84 Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q822014
OS Sheet: 47
Discovery map: 71
Cloonalassan House Cloonalassan Kiltallagh Tralee Kiltallagh Trughanacmy Kerry OSI Ref: Q850035
OS Sheet: 47
Discovery map: 71
Waterpark House Shanid Lower Kilmoylan Rathkeale Shanid 143 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R242456
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 64
Corgrig House Corgrig Robertstown Rathkeale Shanagolden 142 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R257 511
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 64
Shanagolden House Shanagolden Demesne Shanagolden Rathkeale Shanagolden 142 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R253 478
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 64
Ouvane Cottage Loghill Loghill Rathkeale Loghill 140 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R192 502
OS Sheet: 9
Discovery map: 64
Mount Trenchard Mount Trenchard Loghill Rathkeale Loghill 140 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R217 510
OS Sheet: 9
Discovery map: 64
Ballyclogh Ballyclogh Lismakeery Rathkeale Askeaton West 119 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R311 484
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 64
Templenoe Templenoe Litter Fermoy Killathy 132 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: W762 989
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 80
Glenview/Glenamara Stradballymore Stradbally Kilmacthomas Stradbaly 51 Decies without Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X369977
OS Sheet: 32
Discovery map: 82
Foynes House Foynesisland Robertstown Rtahkeale Shanagolden 142 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R248523
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Monteagle Papers: relating to the estates of Spring and Rice families in counties Kerry and Limerick, 1669-1925. Small Accs Index 58, Co.1299-1320, 1420-1, D.6633-6851a, 7988-7993. M.497-501, 524 T. 2006-27, 2067. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Manuscript map of Lough, county Kerry, 1776, from Monteagle Papers. 16 G 8(13); National Library of Ireland
  • Monteagle Papers, Cos Limerick & Kerry estates, 1612-1962. Digital Archive Collection IE LKA P14; Limerick City Archives
  • Monteagle Papers, estate & family papers with particular emphasis on the personal & political papers of Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon, 1790-1926. Collection List 122; National Library of Ireland
  • O'Brien of Cahirmoyle Papers, include 19th century correspondence from members of the Spring Rice family, William Edward O'Brien married Mary Spring Rice. Collection List 64; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms Rice quartering Meredyth & Spring to Rt Hon Thomas Spring Rice, son of Stephen Edward Rice & grandson of Thomas Rice of Cappagh, Co Limerick, 4 Mar 1839. GO MS 107:180-181; National Library of Ireland
  • Diary of Annie Brunton, describing life in London & at Mount Trenchard including references to many prominent Irish personalities, 1913-1915. MS 13,620; National Library of Ireland
  • Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings, sketches, watercolours & notices of Baron Thomas Spring Rice, 1899-1907. MS 43,343; National Library of Ireland
  • Long Family Papers, include lease from William Long of Melksham to Thomas Rice Stephen of Dublin, barrister, of a half share in the Mount Trenchard estate, co. Limerick, 1767. Also draft arbitrator's award, 1778. 947/1136/1-2 ; Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office
  • Microfilm copies [of Richmond Papers], include estate accounts, letter books, memorandum books of Stephen Edward Rice, (originals in National Library of Ireland MSS 502-531 etc, see Collection List 122), 1788-1831. MIC336; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Foster/Massereene Papers, include notes on case re will of Sir Stephen Rice (1715) & will of Edward Rice (1720), Norton, lessee of Stephen Rice, a minor, plaintiff; Mary Rice, by her Guardian, Lord Howth defendant, re lands in Cos Limerick and Clare, c 1733. MIC500/5; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Monteagle Papers, Cos Limerick & Kerry estates, 1612-1962. P14; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Manuscript map of Mount Trenchard estate, by Richard & Charles Fritzelle for Henry Conyngham & William Long, 1770. LM2002.0044; Limerick City Museum
  • Manuscript map of Ballynacragga, part of the Monteagle estate, 1885. LM2002.0045; Limerick City Museum
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Loughill, barony of Shanid, 1944. ; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • William B. Fitt & Co, auctioneers, 46 O'Connell St., Limerick, inventories & valuations of Co Limerick properties, including Mount Trenchard, following the death of Lord Monteagle, 1927. LM1993.0175; Limerick City Museum
  • Auction catalogue of furniture & fine arts at Mount Trenchard, 1952. LM1994.0006; Limerick City Museum
  • William B. Fitt & Co, auctioneers, 46 O'Connell St., Limerick, sale rental of village of Ballyhahill, estate of Lord Monteagle with map, 11 Dec 1912. LM1996.0004; Limerick City Museum
  • Monteagle of Brandon Collection, mainly correspondence re political activities of Thomas Spring Rice's 1st Baron Monteagle, 1820-1832. P4; University of Limerick: Special Collections and Information Services, Glucksman Library
  • Rental & account book, 1800-1807. MS 605A; National Library of Ireland
  • Longfield, Kelly & Armstrong, solicitors collection, includes Rice family wills, 1806, 1832. Small Accs. Index 47, T.3358-3360; National Archives of Ireland
  • Jameson, solicitors collection, contains records re lands in Cos Limerick & Tipperary of the Spring Rice family including copy disentailing deed Manor of Mount Trenchard 1836, 18th-19th centuries. Small Accs Index 53, Co 1300-1320; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey Files, 1942-43: Parish of Valencia Island (Glanleam); Kerry Library, Local History & Archives Section

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