Landed Estates
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Fosbery (Clorhane)

A family originally from Wiltshire who settled in county Limerick at the end of the 17th century. They intermarried with the Godfreys baronets, the Rices of Mount Trenchard and the Yieldings of county Kerry. By the mid 19th century the Fosbery's county Limerick estate was concentrated in the parish of Adare, baronies of Kenry and Coshma. George Fosberry also held land in the parishes of Aglishcloghane and Uskane, barony of Lower Ormond, county Tipperary. The interest of the children of George Fosbery of Curraghbridge in the lands of Cappanafarihy, barony of Coshma, was advertised for sale in June 1872. In the 1870s George's cousin Thomas Fosbery of Clorhane owned an estate amounted to 1,488 acres in county Limerick. In 1851 his elder brother George married secondly Eliza daughter of John Scott of Firgrove, county Clare. At the time of Griffith's Valuation George and Eliza Fosbery and Jane Scott jointly held land in the parish of Drumcliffe, barony of Islands, county Clare. George Fosberry held land in the parishes of Aglishcloghane and Uskane, barony of Lower Ormond, county Tipperary in the mid 19th century. In the 1870s Mrs George Fosbery of Queenstown, county Cork and Mrs William Fosbery of Cahir, county Tipperary jointly owned 1,935 acres in county Clare and 400 acres in county Tipperaray. At the same time T. Fosberry of Clorane owned 752 acres in county Tipperary and Jane E. Fosberry of Caher owned 541 acres in county Tipperary. John F. Fosbery was the proprietor of over 1400 acres in the parish of Galey, county Kerry at the time of Griffith's Valuation and in the 1870s. The son of Charles W. Fosbery of Castlegrey owned an estate of over 1,000 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Clorhane Clorhane Adare Croom Adare North 1 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R456 495
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 65
Curraghbridge Curraghbridge Adare Croom Adare North 1 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R452 475
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 65
Castlegrey Castlegrey Kilcornan Rathkeale Kilcornan 126 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R420 521
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 65
Clonshire Clonshirebeg Clonshire Rathkeale Croagh 134 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R435 452
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 65
Kilgobbin Kilgobbin Adare Croom Adare South 2 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R481 489
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 65
Mondellihy Mondellihy Adare Croom Adare South 2 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R473 482
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 65
Castle Oliver Castleoliver Particles Kilmallock Particles 39 Coshlea Limerick OSI Ref: R663 194
OS Sheet: 56
Discovery map: 73
Lisheen (Lower Ormond) Lisheen Aglishcloghane Borrisokane Aglishcloghane Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R925896
OS Sheet: 7
Discovery map: 59

Archival sources

  • W.B. Scott, Solicitor's Collection, marriage settlements of George Fosbry, Kilgobbin, Co Limerick & Eliza Scott, Cahirbane, Co Clare, 1851 & Charles Widenham Fosbery & Elizabeth Wybrants,1836. Also testamentary records, 1847, 1859, 1861. Small Private Accession Index No 76, D.10,391 & 10,507, T.3514, T.3534, T.3537; National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Fosbery, Mason & Taylor, 18 June 1872, Vol 106 (31), MRGS 39/049, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • William B. Fitt & Co, auctioneers, 46 O'Connell St., Limerick, inventories & valuations of Co Limerick properties, including Kilgobbin, 1923. Ref. 1993.0174; Limerick City Museum
  • Marriage settlement of George Fosbery junior & Catherine Leland, 27 Nov 1829 & deed barring entail, 1 Nov 1858. Small Accs Index 65, D.16,243-16,244; National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds & other papers re properties of Waller family in Co Limerick, mainly 18th century, include reference to this family. Small Accs Index 78, Co. 2453-2464, D.11,802-11,980, M.1039-1049, T.3858-3873; National Archives of Ireland

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