Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Brady/Brady Browne

The Brady family in county Clare were descended from Hugh Brady, post-Reformation bishop of Meath. Luke Brady was resident in the Tomgraney locality of county Clare in the mid 17th century. In 1728 John Brady of Raheen married Mary Stacpoole. In the mid 18th century Henry Brady of Kilcornan, Ennistymon, married Mary Molony of Kiltanon. The Bradys of Williamstadt descend from a younger son of this marriage. In the late 18th century Mary Browne of Newgrove, parish of Tulla, barony of Tulla Upper, county Clare, married Henry Brady of Raheen, near Scarriff. They had four sons and two daughters. Their eldest son John Brady got into debt and in 1852 their second son the Reverend Thomas Brady sold the Raheen estate of 6,995 acres to John W. Harrison Moreland. Their fourth son was Luke Brady of Brookville who married Anne Wyndham McGrath Fitzgerald and they were the parents of Wyndham Brady and Thomas Browne Brady. When Mrs Elizabeth Browne died in 1864 the estate of the Browne family of Newgrove, passed to Wyndham the grandnephew of her husband Thomas Browne. He took the additional surname of Browne. In the 1870s Wyndham Browne of Newgrove owned 5,960 acres in county Clare. He died without heirs and was succeeded by his brother Thomas. Cartron House, parish of Abbey, barony of Burren was the summer residence of the Brady family. It was demolished at the end of the 19th century. Gerard Madden gives an extensive family history of the Brady family in his book on the history of Tuamgraney and Scariff.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Brookville Dulick Templemaley Ennis Ennis Rural 26 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R338 792
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 58
Newgrove Ballyslattery or Newgrove Tulla Tulla Newgrove 144 Tulla Upper Clare OSI Ref: R451 807
OS Sheet: 34
Discovery map: 58
Raheen Raheen Tomgraney Scarriff Scarriff 136 Tulla Upper Clare OSI Ref: R658 831
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 58
Cartron Cartron Abbey Ballyvaghan Abbey 1 Burren Clare OSI Ref: M287 122
OS Sheet: 3
Discovery map: 51

Archival sources

  • Copy of grant of arms to Windham Brady 17th Regiment, second son of Luke Brady of Brookville, on his assuming name & arms of Browne, 13 Jan 1866. GO MS 109: 93-94; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Thomas Browne Brady of Newgrove, third son of Luke Brady of Brookville, on his assuming the name & arms of Browne in compliance with the will of his grand uncle Thomas Browne of Newgrove, 17 May 1877. GO MS 109: 387-388; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of royal licence to Thomas Browne Brady of Newgrove to take the name Browne in lieu of Brady & to bear the arms of Browne only, 3 Mar 1877. GO MS 153: 257-262; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Brady, formerly O’Brady & O’Grady of Kilballyowen, Co Limerick & Fassaghmore, Finnagh & Tomgrany, Co Clare, c 1300 BC -1849. GO MS 175: 314-324 & 439-459; National Library of Ireland
  • Order of Court of Claims restoring Henry Brady his estates at Tomgreine, etc Co Clare, 5 July 1654. Ref. Co.1769; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Dunboyne), Brady, 2 July 1852, Vol 3, 11-48; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Brady, 2 July 1852, Vol 17 (6), MRGS 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • List of silver and valuation of property of Brady Browne undertaken by B. Wallace, Limerick, 24 Jan 1923. McMahon Collection, IE CLCCA/PP/EST/1/771; Clare County Archives

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Modern printed sources