Landed Estates
NUI Galway


There are two Irish connections in the ancestry of the Earls of Sandwich. In the mid 17th century Edward Montagu 2nd Earl of Sandwich married Anne fourth daughter of Richard Boyle Earl of Burlington and in 1740 John 4th Earl of Sandwich married Dorothy Fane. ‘’Burke's Irish Family Records’’ (1976 - De Salis entry) states that she was co heiress, with her older sister Mary wife of the Count De Salis, to the Fane’s Irish estates, formerly in the possession of the Bourchier family. It appears that it was through this marriage that the Earl of Sandwich acquired his county Limerick estate as it was located in the same parishes as the De Salis county Limerick estate. At the time of Griffith’s Valuation the Earl held lands in the parishes of Ballinlough, Glenogra and Tullabracky, barony of Smallcounty. Lewis writes in 1837 that the parish of Ballinlough was the joint property of the Earls of Sandwich and Aldborough. In the 1870s the estate amounted to 3,844 acres.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Drombeg Drombeg Glenogra Croom Crean 15 Smallcounty Limerick OSI Ref: R570 370
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Estate Papers, 18th-19th centuries.; Dorset History Centre
  • Lease by George Earl of Sandwich to Stephen Glison of lands of Boherigeela, Co Limerick, 3 Apr 1832. D 18,639; National Library of Ireland
  • Photocopies of correspondence, accounts, rental, map etc re sale of Irish estates of Earl of Sandwich, 1807-1851. T/3059; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Montagu Family, Earls of Sandwich, Co Limerick estate miscellaneous & legal papers 1800-1806, collection held privately, inquiries to Archives Sector Development, National Archives, Kew. NRA catalogue Ref. NRA 5472 Montagu; National Archives, UK
  • Plan of Drombeg estate, c 1843; Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Huntingdon
  • Hinchingbrooke Collection, family & estate papers of the Montagu family, Earls of Sandwich, include mainly 18th century records of their Irish estates in Cos Limerick, Tipperary & Armagh & of the Fane & De Salis families, 1664-1947. HINCH ; Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Huntingdon
  • An Act to enable the Right Hon John Earl of Sandwich & the Hon John Montagu, (Lord Viscount Hinchinbrook) & their survivors to grant leases of the Countess of Sandwich's moiety of estates in the Co Armagh & Limerick, 1772. HL/PO/PB/1/1772/12G3n157; Parliamentary Archives
  • Downshire Papers, include letter from Lord Downshire, Hanover Square, to Brownrigg, Edenderry, re division of Co Limerick estate between De Salis & Lord Sandwich, 4 June 1800. D607/A/588; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources