Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blood (Ballykilty)

The Bloods of Ballykilty and Blood Smyths are junior branches of the Blood family of Cranagher, county Clare. John Blood of Castlefergus bought the lease of Ballykilty in the neighbouring parish of Quin, barony of Bunratty Upper, county Clare in 1785. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Fitzgerald of Shepperton and Castlekeale, county Clare. Their eldest son was Matthew Blood Smyth and their second son was Neptune Blood of Ballykilty. John Blood held lands in the parishes of Clooney and Kilfenora, barony of Corcomroe, and in the parish of Quin, in the mid 19th century. The estate of John Blood of Ballykilty was comprised of 1,655 acres in the 1870s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castlefergus Castlefergus Doora Ennis Doora 32 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R387 725
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 58
Ballykilty Ballykilty Quin Tulla Quin 145 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R411 732
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Copy of confirmation of arms to John Blood of Ballykilty, with details of descent from Bloods of Cragaunboy & Bohersallagh, 3 Feb 1896. GO MS 110: 192-193 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes on Blood family of England & Cos Clare & Kildare by Col J. N. Blood of Sussex (original in possession of Mr B. Blood, Adelphi, Corrofin). Microfilm P. 5074; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Blood, Murphy & James, 22 Jan 1867, Vol 23, 27-30; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Blood, Murphy & James, 22 Jan 1867, Vol 84 (32), MRGS 39/041, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Blood Papers, relating to the Bloods of Roxton and Applevale, include deeds, correspondence, copy wills, genealogical papers, etc, 18th-20th centuries. Includes reference to Blood of Ballykilty. PC 677 (see RPC 465 NLI); National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources