Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bury (Shannongrove)

Phineas Bury was granted almost 6,000 acres in the barony of Kenry, county Limerick in 1666 and 588 acres in the barony of Mogunnihy, county Kerry in 1669. His second son, John Bury, settled at Shannon Grove, county Limerick. In 1703 John Bury purchased parts of the confiscated estates of Sir Drury Wray and King James II in the barony of Kenry. county Limerick. ''Irish Family Records'' records John's fourth son, Thomas, "of Curraghbridge". The descendants of John's eldest son, William, continued to reside at Shannon Grove until at least the mid 18th century. Charles William Bury of Charleville Forest, county Offaly, was created Earl of Charleville in 1806. His father, John Bury of Shannon Grove (1725-1764,) succeeded to the estates of his maternal uncle, Charles Moore, Earl of Charleville, in February 1764, and thereafter his branch of the family was resident in King's County [county Offaly]. The Ordnance Survey Name Books show Lord Charleville as a main proprietor in the parishes of Ardcanny, Chapelrussell, Kilcornan and Kildimo, barony of Kenry. His agent was his cousin, Reverend Robert Bury of Killora Bridge, Cork. Members of the Westropp, Fitzgerald, De Vere and Waller families were some of the main tenants on the Earl's Limerick estate. By the time of Griffith's Valuation. however. most of the Earl's property in the parishes of Chapelrussell, Kilcornan and Kildimo was in the possession of General Caulfeild. Ó Corrbuí gives details of two sales of Bury lands in 1844 including a large acreage to General James Caulfeild. The earldom became extinct in 1875 following the death of the 5th Earl of Charleville.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Mount Pleasant Clarefield Moyarta Kilrush St Martins 93 Moyarta Clare OSI Ref: Q945 552
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 63
Shannon Grove Shannongrove Ardcanny Rathkeale Pallaskenry 128 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R415 570
OS Sheet: 3
Discovery map: 65
Summerville Summerville Kilcornan Rathkeale Pallaskenry 128 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R405 558
OS Sheet: 3
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Charleville & Howard Bury Papers; Offaly County Library
  • Pedigree of Bury of Cromleholm, Shannon Grove & Curraghbridge, Co Limerick, Earls of Charleville, of Mt Pleasant, Little Island & Carrigrenane, Co Cork & Derryluskan, Co Tipperary, 1666-1868. GO MS 179:313-316; National Library of Ireland
  • Detailed abstract of will of John Bury of Shannon Grove, Co Limerick, 1721. GO MS 139:90; National Library of Ireland
  • Commission of Peace to John Bury, Co Limerick, 1730. M.2296; National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers re estates in Cos Tipperary, Waterford, Kildare, Clare & Limerick of Palliser family & associated families of Hickman, Gledstanes, Dawson & Bury. D.17,502-17,515, M.2078-2079, T.7137-7138 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Estate Papers, 1711-1814; Trinity College Dublin
  • Family & Estate Papers, 17th-20th centuries; Westmeath County Library
  • De Lacy Smith Collection, rental of estates in barony of Kenry, Co Limerick, Thomas & John Bury, 1740-1744. MS 869 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copies of Bury of Charleville Papers, including agent's letters & accounts re Shannongrove estate, 1825-1840. T3069/B/19-59; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Dunalley Papers, include rent roll of the Earl of Charleville's estate (especially the town of Tullamore, Co Offaly). 1763. Collection List 25, Ms. 29,808; National Library of Ireland
  • Howard Bury Papers, T3069; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources