Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Taylor (Ballynort & Holly Park )

An entry in ''Pue's Occurances'' 19-23 June 1739 indicates that the Taylors were resident at Ballynort, Holly Park and Woodcliff in county Limerick from at least that date. Feheney writes that the Taylors acquired their Askeaton lands through marriage with a Berkeley heiress and their Holly Park estate by purchase from Queen Anne (Chichester House Commissioners) in 1706. The Parliamentary Papers record the purchase by William Tayler of Burton, county Cork, of part of the confiscated estate of James II in the barony of Kenry, county Limerick, in 1703 for £3,059. Colonel Edward Taylor of Ballynort had two daughters, his co heiresses. Catherine married Hugh Massy, 2nd Baron Massy, in 1760 and Sarah married the Earl of Carrick. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Edward Taylor Massy and the Trustees of the Earl of Carrick jointly held an estate in the parishes of Loghill, Nantinan, Rathronan and Robertstown, barony of Shanid and Iveruss, barony of Kenry. At the same time Richard Taylor held two townlands in the parish of Kilcornan, barony of Kenry, county Limerick, amounting to over 800 acres. In 1852 he purchased the Woodcliff estate of Anselm Taylor in the Encumbered Estates Court. In the 1870s William Taylor of Holly Park, Pallaskenry owned 2,570 acres and Catherine Taylor of Holly Park, Adare, owned 669 acres in county Limerick.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Holly Park Currahchase North Kilcornan Rathkeale Kilcornan 126 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R405 512
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 65
Woodcliff Lisready Loghill Rathkeale Loghill 140 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R195 479
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 64
Faha Faha Demesne Kilkeedy Limerick Patrick's Well 56 Pubblebrien Limerick OSI Ref: R509 507
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 65
Ballynort Ballynort Askeaton Rathkeale Iveruss 122 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R358 524
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Will, manuscript; Copy of will of Richard Taylor, Hollypark, Ballyglaghan, Co. Limerick, 8 Jan 1731. 1994.0134 ; Limerick City Museum
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Taylor, 30 Jan 1852, Vol 13 (36), MRGS 39/006, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), De Vere, (Hollypark Demesne) 8 Dec 1854, Vol 32 (47), MRGS 39/014 -39/015, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Taylor, 31 Jan 1873, Vol 109 (16) & 4 July 1884, Vol 147 (19), MRGS 39/050 & 39/065, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Berkeley, Lords of Berkeley, of Beverstown & Askeaton, Co Limerick, circa 1100-1850. GO MS 176:533-534; National Library of Ireland
  • Assignment by J. Lysaght to J. Colthurst of lands of Ballynort, Ballynekilly etc, Co Limerick, other parties N. Weekes & E.Taylor, 30 Dec 1755. D/778(115); Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Declaration by Burgesses of Askeaton re lands in Co Limerick of Edward Taylor, dispute between William Taylor & Jacob Sankey, 1700-1771. MS 8541; National Library of Ireland
  • Ussher Papers, Cappagh, Co Waterford, 1562-1913. Includes documents re Co Limerick families Taylor of Ballynort, Nash of Limerick and Rose of Ahabeg in mid 18th century. MS 3979, MS 9947, MSS 10,171-10,191, D 13,423-13,708 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Taylor of Ballynort & Barton, Co Limerick, circa 1780-1840. GO MS 176:533; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease of part of castle of Rockberkley, Co Limerick, by M. L. Crofton of Mote, Co Roscommon to E. Taylor of Ballyknock, Co Limeick, 6 May 1758. D/778(122); Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Declaration by the Burgesses of Askeaton concerning the lands in Co. Limerick of Edward Taylor, deceased, particulars of a dispute between William Taylor and Jacob Sankey concerning lands in the same county and a marriage settlement of Redmond Barry and Katherine Taylor of Cork, 1700 - 1771. Ms. 8541 ; National Library of Ireland

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