Landed Estates
University of Galway

Bentley (Hurdleston)

The ancestors of the Bentleys received land in county Clare under the Cromwellian settlement of the mid 17th century and came to live at Broadford before the beginning of the 18th century. Pat O'Brien gives a detailed history of the family in his article in ''The Other Clare''. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Bentley estate was in the parishes of Killokennedy and Kilseily, barony of Tulla Lower. Much of their estate was held from Sir John Dillon Massy. This is evident from the sale rental of the Dillon Massy Broadford estate in November 1858. In the 1870s the Bentley estate was comprised of 2,497 acres. Family members continued to reside at Hurdleston until 1952 when Digby Bentley died.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Hurdleston/Hurdlestown Hurdleston Kilseily Limerick Kilseily 108 Tulla Lower Clare OSI Ref: R572 724
OS Sheet: 44
Discovery map: 58
Doon House Doon Killuran Tulla Killuran 139 Tulla Lower Clare OSI Ref: R555 739
OS Sheet: 44
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Bentley Papers, Hurdleston, Broadford; Private Possession
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Massy, 25 Nov 1858, Vol 54 (12), MRGS 39/027, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Pilkington, Davis & Lysaght, 14 Mar 1851, (Bentley v Pilkington), Vol 6 (10), MRGS 39/002, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Lease of Cobagh etc, Co Clare, Henry Bridgeman to John Bentley, 1757. E.J. French solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 8, D.2682; National Archives of Ireland
  • McMahon Collection, IE CLCCA/PP/EST/1/695 - sale rental and particulars of the interest of Susan Bentley and Edith Bentley in part of the lands of Coslagh, Broadford, 2 Apr 1925; Clare County Archives

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources