Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The Palmer family held extensive estates in counties Mayo and Sligo, some of which they were granted by royal patent dated 1684. Other lands were acquired from other grantees and landowners such as Henry Webb, Gerrard Colley, Richard Thompson and the Gores, Cuffs and Veseys. The Palmer's Mayo estates were concentrated in the barony of Tirawley, but they also had land in the baronies of Gallen, Burrishoole and Murrisk. Lane notes that Thomas Ormsby acted as agent for these estates. The Palmers bought a large estate in the barony of Erris from the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1857 but resold it in the 1860s. These lands had previously been leased by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to Alexander George Richey. In 1870 lands in the Barony of Erris were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court. The purchasers included Messers Ker St. George and Whyte, both in trust. In January 1872 Mr. John McCormack bought over 130 acres of the Palmer lands at Froghill. The Palmer's estates in Sligo were usually administered by an agent. In 1876 the Palmers owned over 80,000 acres in county Mayo, 9,570 in county Sligo and 4,202 in county Dublin. The Palmer estate in county Mayo was sold to the Congested Districts' Board in 1916. The principal family seat was at Kenure Park, Rush, county Dublin.By his will dated 7 Sept 1907 Sir Roger W.H.Palmer left the rent and profits from his Mayo and Sligo estates in trust for his wife and thereafter to the male issue of his niece Mary Adela Fenwick. Roderick George Fenwick succeeded his uncle in 1913, took the additional name of Palmer and lived at Cefn Park, Wales, until his death in 1968. After 1909 an offer from the Congested Districts Board for almost 8000 acres in county Sligo was accepted. A large collection of papers from the legal firm of W.J.Shannon and Company relating to the acquisition and history of the Palmer estates was deposited in the National Archives in 1990, Acc.1174.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Palmerstown Rathnawooraun Templemurry Killala Lackan South 101 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G171 318
OS Sheet: 14
Discovery map: 24
Castle Lackan Castlelackan Demesne Lackan Killala Lackan North 98 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G176 367
OS Sheet: 14
Discovery map: 24
Keenagh Lodge Keenagh Beg Crossmolina Ballina Derry 19 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G026113
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 23
Carrowmore Carrowmore Lackan Killala Lackan South 101 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G169 353
OS Sheet: 14
Discovery map: 24
Farragh Farragh Ballysakeery Ballina Rathoma 22 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G184 277
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 24
Ardagh Lodge Ardagh Burrishoole Newport Newport East 147 Burrishoole Mayo OSI Ref: L942 944
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 31
Fort Laurel Ardogelly Templeboy Dromore West Aughris 23 Tireragh Sligo OSI Ref: G490336
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 25
Rathfranpark Rathfranpark Templemurray Killala Lacken South Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G183324
OS Sheet: 15
Discovery map: 24

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Palmer, 4 July 1862, 17 June & 4 Nov 1870, Vols 66, 97 & 99, MRGS 39/033, 39/0046, 39/0047 (microfilm copies in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Palmer, 9 July 1869, Vol 95, MRGS 39/045, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Palmer, 12 Jan 1872, Vol 105, MRGS 39/049, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • 2 maps of rundale holdings in Rathlackan, prior to rearrangement, Palmer estate, Congested Districts’ Board, 20th cent. 16.I.3(21,22); National Library of Ireland
  • Valuation survey with maps, of Mayo and Sligo estates of Sir W. H. R. Palmer c 1840-1849. MSS 14,075-14,079; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of the Mayo and Sligo estates of Sir R. W. H. Palmer, 1910. MS 14,217; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to Sir William Henry Roger Palmer of Kenure Park, Co Dublin and of Castle Lacken, Co Mayo, with descent from Edward Palmer of Norfolk, 4 Jan 1841. GO MS 107, 206-207; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Palmer of Castle Lackin, Co Mayo c 1730-1806. GO MS 112, 119; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Palmer of Gloucestershire and of Palmerstown, Castle Lackin, Carrowmore and Tara in Co Mayo and Kenure Park, Co Dublin and Cefn Park, Co Denbeigh, from c 1550. GO MS 175, 1-10 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Palmer of Palmerstown, Castle Lackin, Carrowmore, Co Mayo, Dublin and Denbeigh, c 1600-1863. GO MS 178, 239-244; National Library of Ireland
  • Solicitors' Papers re Palmer estates in Cos Mayo & Sligo, including title deeds, leases, wills, rentals, statements of title, maps, 17th-20th cents. Acc. 1174; National Archives of Ireland
  • Cefn Park Manuscripts 1568-1967. GB 0209 DD/CP; Denbighshire Record Office
  • Maps of Moyne and Ballingrogy, barony of Tirawley, estate of Roger Palmer, 1756 & 1769. 21.F.74(13 & 15); National Library of Ireland
  • Castle Lacken photos. 011/043; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Irish Tourist Association. Topographical and General Survey, 1941-1945. Parish of Killala. ITA/2/11; Mayo County Library
  • Deeds relating to the Palmer family, Rush, Co Dublin & their lands in Cos Dublin & Mayo & the bishopric of Killala, 1639-1875. M.6807, T.16874-16880; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources