Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Southwell

The Southwell family were established in county Limerick in the early 17th century. Their estate in the barony of Connello was purchased from William Godolphin and Edward Lloyd in April 1674 and amounted to over 4,800 acres. The 3rd Baron, Thomas George Southwell, was created a Viscount in 1776. The Southwell estate was mainly in the parishes of Nantinan, Rathkeale, Tomdeely and Kilscannell, barony of Connello Lower, Rathronan, barony of Shanid and Abbeyfeale, barony of Glenquin. The 400 acre fee farm estate of George and George Joseph Crowe in the parish of Nantinan, part of the Southwell estate, was advertised for sale in November 1852. Lord Southwell, of Victoria Castle, Kingstown and Castle Matrix, county Limerick, is recorded as the owner of 4,032 acres in county Limerick, 2,252 acres in county Cork, 329 acres in county Kerry, 1,147 acres in county Donegal and 4,017 acres in county Leitrim in the 1870s. In 1840, the Ordnance Survey Field Name Books indicated that the Southwell estate was the proprietor of townlands in the parish of Duagh, barony of Iraghticonnor, county Kerry. The agent for this property was Capt. Brown, county Limerick.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Stoneville Stoneville Nantinan Rathkeale Riddlestown 132 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R354 438
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 64
Castle Matrix Castlematrix Rathkeale Rathkeale Rathkeale Rural 130 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R352 412
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 64
Court Lodge Courtmatrix Rathkeale Rathkeale Ballyallinan 133 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R351 403
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 64
Rockfield Tower Cloghatrida Rathkeale Rathkeale Rathkeale Rural 130 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R354 433
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Exemplification of a recovery Thomas Baron Southwell of lands in Co Limerick with associated deed, 1747. Fred Sutton solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 1/698, Co.2560 & D.16332; National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re Southwell Bt, mainly 19th century. A.Lane Joynt solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 51, Co.965-990, M.353-363, D.5534-5753, T.1176-1198; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Crowe, 4 Nov 1852, Vol 18 (50), MRGS 39/008, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Southwell of Barham, Suffolk, of Singleland & Enniscouch, Castlemattress, Danesfort, Co Limerick, c 1480-1810. GO MS 112:198-201; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Southwell of Barham, Suffolk, of Singleland & Castlemattress, Barons, c 1480-1729. GO MS 160:145-146; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease of tithes of some Co Limerick glebes by Vicars Choral of St Marys, Limerick, to Agnes Southwell, 14 Apr 1740. D 18,640; National Library of Ireland
  • Account book relating to Thomas, 2nd Baron Southwell, 1728-1743. MS 34,880; National Library of Ireland
  • Transaction of 2 recoveries by Sir Thomas Southwell re property in Limerick, 1698 & 1700. Co. 983-984; National Archives of Ireland
  • Leases of lands in Co Limerick by Col William Southwell & Bowen Southwell, 1712, 1777, 1779. 99/56/10/4/1-3; National Archives of Ireland
  • Map of the abbeyland near Rathkeale surveyed for Richard Southwell by Dan Sullivan, 5 May 1719. LM2001.0026; Limerick City Museum
  • Frederick Sutton, solicitor's collection, includes exemplification of a recovery suffered by Thomas Lord Baron Southwell of lands in Co Limerick, with associated deed, 1747. Small Accs Index 1/698, Co 2560, D.16332; National Archives of Ireland

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