Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Hewson (Castle Hewson)

This family was settled at Castle Hewson, Askeaton, county Limerick from the end of the 17th century. The senior branch continued to reside at Castle Hewson into the late 20th century, while junior branches resided at Enniscouch and Hollywood. By the mid 19th century the main part of their estate was in the parish of Askeaton, barony of Connello Lower but they also held land in other parishes in this barony and in the baronies of Kenry and Coshma. In the 1870s George James Hewson of Hollywood owned 666 acres, John B. Hewson of Castle Hewson 1,435 acres and Robert Hewson of Ennishcorish owned 398 acres in county Limerick. In the 1830s, the Ordnance Survey Field Name Books record John Hewson of Enniscoush, Rathkeale, as the owner of the townlands in the parish of Castleisland, county Kerry.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castle Hewson Ballyengland Upper Askeaton Rathkeale Askeaton West 119 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R371 498
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 64
Enniscoush Enniscoush Nantinan Rathkeale Rathkeale Rural 130 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R361 401
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 64
Hollywood Ballinvira Croagh Rathkeale Croagh 134 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R422 463
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 65
Ballinvirick Ballinvirick Nantinan Rathkeale Nantinan 136 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R392 472
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 64
Rathkeale Abbey Abbeylands Rathkeale Rathkeale Rathkeale Urban 131 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R372 416
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Hewson, 6 Nov 1855, Vol 36 (37), MRGS 39/017, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • De Lacy Smith Collection, rental of estates in barony of Kenry, Co Limerick, John Hewson, 1740-1744. MS 869 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Askeaton & Rathkeale, barony of Connello Lower, 1944. Limerick West 3 & 21 ; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources