Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Taaffe (Killedan)

Killedan townland, parish of Killedan, barony of Gallen, county Mayo, was church land held by the Knox family of Castlereagh, near Killala, who leased it and other lands to the Taaffes. The Taaffes of Killedan were descended from James and Marie Taaffe, Marie was a niece of the Catholic lawyer, Terence MacDonagh. By the time of Griffith's Valuation Reverend Leonard Strong held Killedan townland and James McManus occupied the house. Anthony Rafftery, Raiftearaí, the poet, grew up on this estate. In the 1870s a William Taaffe of the United States of America owned over 800 acres in county Mayo. It is not clear if he was a member of the Taaffe family of Killedan.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Killedan Killedan Killedan Swineford Killedan 112 Gallen Mayo OSI Ref: M334 925
OS Sheet: 71
Discovery map: 32

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Taaffe of Co Sligo and of Greyfield, Brooklawn, Woodfield, Killedan, Co Mayo, also Earls of Carlingford and Viscount Taaffe, 1284-1835. GO MS 172, 141-154; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Taaffe of Cos Louth and Sligo and of Greyfield, Brooklawn, Woodfield, Killedan and Ballynegarvey, Co Mayo c 1250-1871. GO MS 171, 323-336; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Taaffe of Ballyneglocgh, county Sligo. GO MS 175. 323-330; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources