Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Waller (Castletown)

This branch of the Waller family are descended from Sir Hardress Waller, a Cromwellian soldier, who acquired Castletown, parish of Ardcanny, county Limerick, through his marriage with Elizabeth Dowdall of Kilfinny, county Limerick. Their grandson John Waller married Elizabeth Dickson of Ballybracken, county Cork, granddaughter of Edward Bolton. Bolton Waller of Castletown and Shannon Grove, a barrister born in 1769 was a grandson of John and Elizabeth Waller. Bolton Waller died in 1854 and is recorded in Griffith's Valuation as the immediate lessor of one townland in each of the parishes of Ardcanny and Kilcornan, barony of Kenry. However his son and heir the Reverend William Waller held a large estate in the barony of Kenry in the early 1850s mainly in the parish of Kilcornan. He also held at least seven townlands in the parish of Croagh, barony of Connelloe Lower. Some of his property is recorded in Griffith's Valuation as being in the Court of Chancery. His son the Reverend Thomas John Waller of Castletown and rector of Kilcornan still owned 6,636 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s. Over 460 acres of the the Waller estate at Ringmoylan and Ballynacourty, barony of Kenry, was advertised for sale in February 1866. John Thomas Waller, grandson of the Reverend Thomas sold Castletown in 1936. As he had no children the male representation of the family passed to the descendants of John Waller a younger son of Bolton Waller. John Waller succeeded to Shannon Grove and his great grandson Hugh Bolton Waller of Dromore Castle, county Kerry, was the main family representative in the 1970s.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Dromore Castle Dromore Templenoe Kenmare Dromore Dunkerron South Kerry OSI Ref: V815685
OS Sheet: 92
Discovery map: 84
Shannon Grove Shannongrove Ardcanny Rathkeale Pallaskenry 128 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R415 570
OS Sheet: 3
Discovery map: 65
Castletown Castletown Kilcornan Rathkeale Castletown 125 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R387 556
OS Sheet: 3
Discovery map: 64
Bushyisland Bushyisland Kilcornan Rathkeale Castletown 125 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R375 565
OS Sheet: 3
Discovery map: 64
Kilbreedy Kilbreedy Kilcornan Rathkeale Kilcornan 126 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R427 505
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 65
Stonehall Stonehall Kilcornan Rathkeale Kilcornan 126 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R411 511
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 65
Rathkeale Abbey Abbeylands Rathkeale Rathkeale Rathkeale Urban 131 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R372 416
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Bond of Raymond Fitzmaurice to James Waller concerning lands in the barony of Dunkerron, county Kerry, 1685. D.26,849. ; National Library of Ireland
  • J.H. Montgomery & Son, Solicitor’s Collection, includes will & grant of administration Bolton Waller of Shannon Grove, 1854. Small Collection Index No 88. T.4897 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Waller & Frazer, 16 Feb 1866, Vol 80 (38), MRGS 39/039, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Waller of Castle Waller, Lisbrien, Prior Park, Co Tipperary, Limerick city, Co Dublin & Canada, c 1580-1899. GO MS 179:49-60; National Library of Ireland
  • Deeds & other papers re properties of Waller family in Co Limerick, mainly 18th century. Small Accs Index 78, Co. 2453-2464, D.11,802-11,980, M.1039-1049, T.3858-3873; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Stonehall, barony of Kenry, 1944. Limerick West 24; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Rathkeale, barony of Connello Lower, 1944. Limerick West 21 ; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Miscellaneous documents re to Bolton Waller memorial trust, 1938-1950. M.3578; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources