Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Vandeleur (Rathlaheen)

The Vandeleurs’ Rathlahine estate was in the parishes of Feenagh and Tomfinlough, barony of Bunratty Lower, county Clare. They were descended from Boyle Vandeleu,r third son of Giles Vandeleur, who settled at Rathlahine in 1660. This branch of the Vandeleur family intermarried with the Fitzgeralds of Carrigoran, Scotts of Cahiracon and the Molonys of Kiltanon. John Scott Vandeleur was the landlord responsible for the founding of the Rathlahine Co-operative in the 1830s. Edward Craig organized the co-operative and Vandeleur was President. However J.S. Vandeleur accumulated very large gambling debts and his estate had to be sold in 1834. Pierce Creagh bought the mortgages on the house. However the family did retain much of the estate as Mrs Mary Vandeleur of Lemington, daughter-in-law of J.S. Vandeleur, owned 1,887 acres in county Clare in the 1870s. A granddaughter of John Scott Vandeleur married A. B. Stoney and they continued to farm part of the estate until the 1920s. The house was demolished in the 1940s. Hannah Villiers Boyd, a sister of John Scott Vandeleur, was the author of two books in the mid 19th century ''A Voice from Australia: or an inquiry into the probability of New Holland being connected with the prophecies relating to New Jerusalem and the Spiritual Temple'' and ''Letters on Education''.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rathlaheen House Rathlaheen South Tomfinlough Ennis Tomfinlough 43 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R431 668
OS Sheet: 51
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Vandeleur of Ralahine, Kilrush, Co Clare, Ballynamona, Co Limerick, Ballinacourty & Springfort, Co Cork & of Cos Meath, Kildare & Laois. c 1640-1947. GO MS 171: 307-316 & 409; National Library of Ireland
  • Includes genealogical notes on Stieglitz, Cookstown, Co Tyrone & Vandeleur family of Ralahide, 1601-1945. T/1470; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • McMahon Collection, IE CLCCA/PP/EST/1/725 sale particulars of the mansion and demesne of Rathlaheen, 15 Apr 1924. Also IE CLCCA/PP/EST/1/726; Clare County Archives

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Modern printed sources