Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Goold/Verschoyle Goold

The Goold estate was mainly in the parishes of Rathronan (10 townlands) and Ardagh, barony of Shanid, county Limerick but this family also held land in the parishes of St Michaels, barony of Pubblebrien, Mahoonagh and Monagay, barony of Glenquin and Kilmurry, barony of Clanwilliam. Maurice Roach was agent to Thomas Goold, Master in Chancery, Dublin, in the early 1840s. The Dunraven genealogy traces the lineage of Thomas Goold, who was a great grandson of John Quin of Rosbrien, near Limerick city, born in 1692. Thomas Goold bought the Athea estate from Lord Courtenay in 1817, see His son Wyndham Goold, Member of Parliament for county Limerick (died 1854), was the proprietor by the early 1850s. In the 1870s Wyndham's brother Archdeacon Goold of Athea, county Limerick, owned 10,966 acres in the county. In 1873 the Archdeacon's daughter and co heiress, Frances Goold, married Reverend Hamilton Stuart Verschoyle of county Donegal and their son, Hamilton Frederick Stuart Goold Verschoyle, assumed the additional name of Goold. The Archdeacon's sister, Augusta Charlotte, married her cousin, the 3rd Earl of Dunraven. In 1906 the representatives of the Venerable F.F. Goold held about 400 acres of untenanted land at Athea Upper.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castlegrey Castlegrey Kilcornan Rathkeale Kilcornan 126 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R420 521
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Map of lands of Athea, Co Limerick, 1829. 16 H 32 (12); National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Verschoyle of Co Donegal, Dromadda & Athea, Co Limerick & Co Dublin, circa 1690-1891. GO MS 180:301-309; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Hamilton Frederick Stuart Verschoyle of Dromadda & Athea, Co Limerick, grandson of Frederick Falkiner Goold of Rossbrien & Dromadda on his assuming name & arms of Goold Verschoyle, 21 Mar 1900. GO MS 111:66-67; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of John Goold & his wife Mary Quin of Rosbrien, Co Limerick & to his grandson the Venerable Frederick Falkiner Goold of Dromadda & Rosbrien, both in Co Limerick, 19 May 1858. GO MS 108:215-216 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Goold of Rosbrien, Co Limerick, c 1740-1858. GO MS 178:279-280 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Letter from E.W. White,[Athea county Limerick or, Belfast] to 'Dear Sir', Water Buildings, Waring Street, Belfast, regarding estate and land ownership matters, referring to the Goold/Versachoyle-Goold estate in Athea, West county Limerick. 5 Sept1906. SM621; Cork City and County Archives
  • 1 printed document (180pp). Contains a compilation of facts concerning the Gould/Goold family name in Ireland 1299-1799. Contains transcripts and extracts from original sources, such as deeds and wills, 1288-1799. Acc 2005/4; Cork City and County Archives
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitor's collection, includes miscellaneous documents re the Goold Verschoyle estate in the barony of Shanid, Co Limerick, 1835-1917. Small Accs. Index 105, T.11790-11800, D.20,981-20,995. M.3850 & M.4144(1-29); National Archives of Ireland

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