Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Arthur (Glenomera)

A family who moved from county Limerick to Ballyquin, county Clare when they purchased land from the Earl of Thomond at the end of the 17th century. They married into the O'Brien family of Dromoland and the Smith family of Cahirmoyle, county Limerick. Griffith's Valuation shows the main part of the Arthur estate was in the parishes of Killokennedy and O'Briensbridge, barony of Tulla Lower and in the parishes of Ruan and Killinaboy, barony of Inchiquin, but they also held land in other parishes Clondagad, Killone, Killaloe, Kiltenanlea and Feakle. In the 1860s and early 1870s John Brown and his son Robert L. Brown, acted as receivers for the estate of Thomas Arthur, "a lunatic". This estate was in the baronies of Tulla Upper and Lower and included the mansion house and demesne of Glenomera. In the 1870s Colonel Thomas Arthur of Manor House, Desborough, Market Harborough, Leicestershire owned 2,622 acres in county Clare and Francis Arthur of Dublin owned 10,534 acres in the same county. Reverend Lucius Arthur is described as "of Glenomera" in the 1880s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Millbrook Ballycorney Killaloe Limerick Lackareagh 110 Tulla Lower Clare OSI Ref: R671 706
OS Sheet: 45
Discovery map: 58
Glenomera Ballyquinmore Killokennedy Limerick Fahymore 106 Tulla Lower Clare OSI Ref: R621 697
OS Sheet: 44
Discovery map: 58
Paradise Ballynagard Kilchreest Killadysert Ballynacally 65 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R277 622
OS Sheet: 50
Discovery map: 57

Archival sources

  • Map of the plowland of Ross & Kilcredane and of Killeagy Ryan on the estate of Thomas Arthur, surveyed for Thomas Westropp by Patrick Flinn, 1823. 21 F. 75(3-4); National Library of Ireland
  • Map of the boundary line between Coumnagun and Feenlea, the estates of Marcus Paterson & Thomas Arthur, 1854. 21 F. 75(5); National Library of Ireland
  • Rental, 1842. MS 5486; National Library of Ireland
  • Arthur Papers, accounts and receipts re estate Thomas Arthur of Glenomera, 19th century. MSS 13,779-13,880; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes on Arthur of Glanomera by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of Robert L. Brown, [of Clonboy] agent for estates in Cos Clare, Limerick & Tipperary, including Thomas Arthur, 1866-1877. MS 5587 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Certified copy of petition in Chancery of Lunatics in matter of Thomas Arthur, lunatic, re lands of Annabeg, Co Clare, 15 Feb 1861. 999/321/12; National Archives of Ireland
  • Ledger book containing history of the Arthur Family (Co. Clare), compiled by Charles William Augustus Arthur, includes pedigree of Arthur family of Glenomera and Morelands, Co Clare; history of Arthur family & personalities, circa 12th century onwards; newspaper cuttings 1870-1888 & other miscellaneour items, circa 1902-1913. LM0000.3543; Limerick City Museum

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Modern printed sources