Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Butler (Knappogue)

The Lords Dunboyne of the 19th century were descended from James Butler of Cragnagowra, county Clare and his wife Bridget Sheedy. James Butler of Cragnagowra was descended from James 11th Baron Dunboyne and his second wife Margaret O’Brien a daughter of Donough Earl of Thomond. In the mid 19th century Theobald FitzWalter Butler Baron Dunboyne and Lady Dunboyne held lands in county Clare scattered over four baronies and in the parishes of Kilmaley (Islands), Tomfinlough (Bunratty Lower), Quin (Bunratty Upper) and Tomgraney (Tulla Upper). Lord Dunboyne of Knoggogue Castle owned 1,237 acres in the 1870s. Lord Dunboyne collected estate sale rentals, newspaper cuttings and other items of interest relating to county Clare. His bound volumes of Encumbered and Landed Estate sale rentals and Griffith's Valuation are in the James Hardiman Library at the National University in Galway and the National Library holds 59 volumes of other items, mainly newspaper cuttings, collected by him relating to county Clare, MSS 3321-3379. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Messrs Butler held the townland of Rathmoy, parish of Glenkeen, baronyof Kilnamanagh Upper, county Tipperary. Rathmoy was advertised for sale in November 1880 the estate of John Butler continued in the name of Robert Francis Theobald Dunboyne Butler, a minor.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Knappogue Castle Knopoge Quin Tulla Quin 145 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R439 717
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 58
Ballyvannan Ballyvannan Tomgraney Scarriff Caherhurley 119 Tulla Upper Clare OSI Ref: R627 820
OS Sheet: 28
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Newspaper cuttings and scraps re Co Clare 1824-1828 compiled by Lord Dunboyne, c 1880. MS 3321; National Library of Ireland
  • 53 volumes of newspaper cuttings dealing with contemporary affairs re Co Clare 1842-1878, arranged chronologically by Lord Dunboyne, c 1880. MSS 3322-3374; National Library of Ireland
  • 2 volumes of newspaper cuttings re Co Clare civil & criminal trials 1863-1879, compiled by Lord Dunboyne, c 1800. MSS 3376 & 3379; National Library of Ireland
  • Scrap book containing newspaper cuttings, circulars, public notices etc re Co Clare 1853-1875, compiled by Lord Dunboyne c 1880. MS 3377; National Library of Ireland
  • Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings and scraps re Diocese of Killaloe 1869-1878, compiled by Lord Dunboyne, c 1880. MS 3378; National Library of Ireland
  • Newspaper cuttings and scraps re Co Clare 1824-1828 compiled by Lord Dunboyne, c 1880. MS 3321; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of Slieveloughan [Slievealoughan, parish Kilmaley, barony of Islands] by S Markan, 1853. 15 B. 9(7); National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Butler, Baron Dunboyne, of Ballydrehid, Castleton, Kilconnell, Grellagh, Clare all in Co Tipperary, of Keedogues & Craignagowan, Co Clare, also Butler Johnstone, 1330-1845. GO MS 176: 292-309; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of certificate of arms being Butler of Dunboyne to Theobald Blake Butler with details of descent, 26 Nov 1919. GO MS 111B: 84; National Library of Ireland
  • Survey and map of Slievealoughane, Kylemore and Feighroe 476 acres total, [Lord Dunboyne], by Stephen Markham, includes tenants’ names, Nov 1853. 15 B. 9(8); National Library of Ireland
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Butler, 9 Nov 1880, Vol 140 (15), MRGS 39/062, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources