Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Colpoys (Ballycar)

The Colpoys were originally from Hampshire, England. George Colpoys was living at Ballycar, parish of Tomfinlough, barony of Bunratty Lower, county Clare, in the mid 17th century and family members continued to live there until the late 18th century when the male line died out and the property was inherited by the family of Catherine Colpoys who married John O’Callaghan of Kilgory in 1784. Their descendants were the O’Callaghans of Maryfort. The Colpoys held Ballycar from the Earls of Thomond. Anthony Colpoys of Ballycar was made a freeman of the city of Limerick in August 1817. He died at Ballycar in 1848 aged 72. In the Limerick General Advertiser of 13 October 1812 the marriage of Thomas Abbot of St Andrews Street, Dublin and Martha Colpoys, second daughter of George Colpoys of Ballycar was reported.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballycar Ballycar Tomfinlough Ennis Tomfinlough 43 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R415 680
OS Sheet: 51
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Blake Butler Papers, include envelopes containing pedigrees of related families - Fitzgerald of Castlekeale and Tureen, who intermarried with the Colpoys of Ballycar. GO MS 521; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources