Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Benn-Walsh (Lord Ormathwaite)

The Benn-Walsh family, Walsh baronet and Baron Ormathwaite, had their principal seats in Cumbria and also at Radnorshire in Wales. Lord Ormathwaite's estate in county Kerry amounted to almost 9000 acres in the 1870s while he held 2,206 acres in county Cork. Much of it was purchased from George Ogle, heir to the Anglesey estate in the late 1760s and from the 3rd Earl of Kerry. Sir John Benn-Walsh was among the principal lessors in the parishes of Duagh, Kilcaragh, Kilfeighny and Kilshenane, barony of Clanmaurice as well as a townland of 1900 acres in the parish of Galey, barony of Iraghticonnor, county Kerry at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In 1840, the Ordnance Survey Field Name Books indicated that the agent was Joseph Gubbat, of Mount Street, Dublin. At the time of Griffith's Valuation he held land in the parishes of Aglish, Athnowen and Magourney, barony of East Muskerry, county Cork.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Duagh Glebe Inchymagilleragh West Duagh Listowel Trienearagh 124 Clanmaurice Kerry OSI Ref: R026328
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 64
Tullamore House Tullamore Galey Listowel Shronowen Iraghticonnor Kerry OSI Ref: Q993387
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 63
Grange (Athnowen) Grange Athnowen Bandon Ballygroman 18 East Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W562 688
OS Sheet: 85
Discovery map: 86

Archival sources

  • Deeds relating to Lord Ormthwaite's estates in counties Cork & Kerry. Ms.5960-5965.; Trinity College Dublin
  • 1602-1883: title deeds and estate papers, family and legal papers; Cumbria Record Office
  • Correspondence of the Fowke, Benn, Walsh and Maskelyne families Mss Eur D546 1751-1819 ; British Library
  • 1558-1947: rentals and surveys, tenancy agreements, deeds, family settlements, mortgages, sale catalogues and misc papers; National Library of Wales
  • Lord Ormathwaite Estate Particulars of Tenancies [1907], and Papers Associated with Land Commission Sale of the Estate (1900-1925); Kerry Library, Local History & Archives Section

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources