Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Reeves (Besborough)

A family originally from Sussex who settled in Ireland in the mid 17th century. Their connection with county Clare began with the marriage of Robert Reeves and Grace Spaight daughter of Thomas Spaight of Bunratty Lodge and Burrane, county Clare. Although following generations of Reeves owned Burrane they do not appear to have lived there but leased it to the Hodges. By the beginning of the 19th century members of the Reeves family were prominent lawyers, including William Maunsell Reeves, who was legal adviser and agent to the Smyth Barry estates.The legal firm of S.S. Reeves and E. Reeves of Merrion Square, Dublin, was founded in the early 19th century by members of this family. Griffith's Valuation records them holding land mainly in the parish of Killimer but also in the parishes of Killaloe, barony of Tulla Lower and Feenagh, barony of Bunratty Lower. In the 1870s Robert William Cary Reeves owned 2,628 acres in county Clare. In 1866 he married Grace Vandeleur of Kilrush and they had one son and five daughters. In May 1912 over 1,000 acres of the Reeves estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board. In the 1870s Robert Edward Reeves of Capard, Rosenallis, Queen's County (Laois), a member of this family owned 593 acres in county Limerick and 168 acres in county Kilkenny.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Burrane Burrane Lower Killimer Kilrush Killimer 101 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R081 527
OS Sheet: 68
Discovery map: 64
Besborough Poulnadarree Killimer Kilrush Killimer 101 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R060 522
OS Sheet: 68
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Reeves, Attornies, Merrion Sq, Dublin, Letter Books, 1807-1905, Collection List No 2 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigrees of Reeves of cities of Dublin & Cork, Platten, Co Meath, Burrane, Co Clare & Vosterberg & Besborough, Co Cork, c 1695-1880. GO MS 180: 104-105 & 392-397; National Library of Ireland
  • Letters from tenants & agent to William Maunsell Reeves of Cork & Robert Reeves of Dublin re lands at Burrane, 1815, 1832-1837. MS 8788 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Documents relating to the affairs of the Reeves family, solicitors, especially W. M. Reeves, including correspondence with clients and between members of the family, estate papers relating, mainly to Co. Louth, papers in respect of the tithes of the parish of Clonpet, Co. Tipperary, as well as papers relating to various legal cases, 1825-1895. MS 8835; National Library of Ireland
  • William M. Reeves of Cork in account with Messrs. Hoare, (Bankers?), 1849-56. Ms. 9359 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Bank books of William M. Reeves, of Vosterberg, Cork in account with the Bank of Ireland for the years 1845-7, 1847-8 and 1850-1853. Mss. 9356-9358 ; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources