Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Heffernan/Cantillon Heffernan

Frances, youngest daughter of the Reverend John Brown and his wife Meliora Southwell of Mount Brown, county Limerick, married Michael Cantillon Heffernan of Castleroberts in the late 18th century. In 1840 Caroline or Catherine Browning of Carass Court, county Limerick, married John Cantillon Heffernan. Two of their daughters married sons of Arthur Russell of Lemonfield. They had four sons and five daughters. John C. Heffernand was leasing an estate in the parish of Kilmoylan, barony of Shanid, county Limerick, from the Board of Trinity College, Dublin, in the mid 19th century. He also held land in the parish of Monasteranenagh, barony of Coshma and he and his partners held land in the parishes of Killeedy, Grange and Monagay, barony of Glenquin and Ballingarry, barony of Connello Upper. In February the fee farm estate of Ida and Mary Caroline Wallace at Mainster including the dwelling house and also premises in Limerick city were advertised for sale. In the 1870s, the representatives of John Cantillon Heffernan, with an address at TCD, owned 276 acres in the county. John Heffernan Cantillon of Mannister House, Croom is also recorded as owning 2,465 acres in county Limerick at this time. The names Heffernan Cantillon and Cantillon Heffernan were both used in various sources but appear to refer to the same family.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Monaster House Monaster North Monasteranenagh Croom Abbeyville Pubblebrien Limerick OSI Ref: R545 415
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 65
Ballintober Ballintober South Killeedy Newcastle Ballintober 102 Glenquin Limerick OSI Ref: R299 269
OS Sheet: 44
Discovery map: 72
Liskennet Liskennet East Ballingarry Croom Coolrus 12 Connello Upper Limerick OSI Ref: R487 359
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 65
Castleroberts Castleroberts Adare Croom Dunnaman 4 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R483 438
OS Sheet: 21
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Large collection of solicitors' records including documents re the Heffernan family, 18th-19th centuries. E.J.French solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 8; National Archives of Ireland
  • Fitzgerald Papers. Daniel & Philip Cantillon are among the correspondents of the 17th & 18th Earls of Kildare re their Lordship of Croom, Co Limerick in the 17th century. Collection List 116. MS 41,552/10; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Wallace, 2 Feb 1860, Vol 58 (23), MRGS 39/029, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Cantillon of Ballyhigua, Co Kerry, Bellview, Co Limerick & Gatton, Surrey, circa 1575-1771. GO MS 164:93; National Library of Ireland
  • Draft pedigrees of Owens & Hiffernan of Kilbreedy, c 1750-1800. GO MS 816:5; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Manister, barony of Pubblebrien, 1943. Limerick North East 26; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources