Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Ross-Lewin (Ross Hill)

The Ross-Lewin estate was in the parishes of Kilchreest and Killadysert, barony of Clonderalaw, county Clare. George Ross of Fortfergus, parish of Kilchreest, county Clare, was High Sheriff of county Clare in 1664. John Ross-Lewin of Fortfergus was High Sheriff in 1724 and in the 18th century the Ross-Lewins intermarried with the Westropps, Stacpooles and the Lewins of county Mayo. Harrison Ross-Lewin, High Sheriff in 1755, had six sons, the three eldest John, George and Westropp lived at Fortfergus, Ross Hill and Cornfield respectively. By the mid 19th century Fortfergus and Cornfield were in the possession of Major William Ball and Ross Hill became the family seat in county Clare. The Lewin lands were in the parishes of Kilchreest and Killadysert, barony of Clonderalaw in the mid 19th century. In the 1870s three members of the Ross-Lewin family between them owned over 800 acres in county Clare. The Ross Hill estate appears to have been small at about 270 acres. Members of the Ross-Lewin family followed military or clerical careers.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Fort Fergus Fortfergus Kilchreest Killadysert Ballynacally 65 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R298 646
OS Sheet: 50
Discovery map: 57
Kincora Lodge Knockyclovaun Killaloe Scarriff Killaloe 121 Tulla Lower Clare OSI Ref: R695 734
OS Sheet: 45
Discovery map: 58
Cornfield Cornfield Kilchreest Killala Ballynacally 65 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R286 646
OS Sheet: 50
Discovery map: 57
Ross Hill Coolteengowna Killadysert Killadysert Killadysert 68 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R235 588
OS Sheet: 59
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Genealogical notes on Ross Lewin of Ross Hill by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Rosslewin, 29 Apr 1858, Vol 11, 1-6; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Rosslewin, 29 Apr 1858, Vol 51 (24), MRGS 39/025, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re Ross Lewin, mainly 19th century. A.Lane Joynt solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 51, Co.965-990, M.353-363, D.5534-5753, T.1176-1198; National Archives of Ireland
  • Massy & others v Lewin & others, Chancery 1850, brief re estates of Thomas Lewin. M.4892; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources