Landed Estates
NUI Galway

De Salis

This family, of Swiss origin, settled in England at the beginning of the 18th century. In 1735 Jerome, 2nd Count de Salis, married Mary Fane, daughter of Charles Fane, created Viscount Fane and Baron of Loughgur, county Limerick in 1718. Following the death of her childless brother, the 2nd Viscount Fane, she inherited, with her sister Dorothy, Countess of Sandwich, the Irish estates of the Bourchier family which had passed to the Fanes (‘’Irish Family Records’’). Her grandson, Jerome, 4th Count de Salis of county Armagh and Middlesex took the additional name of Fane in 1809. Members of the De Salis family were soldiers and diplomats and were absentee landlords with regard to their county Limerick estate, which was in the barony of Smallcounty, in the parishes of Fedamore, Glenogra, Knockainy, Monasteranenagh and Tullabracky. Edward Walleford, Bolton Street, Picadilly, London, was the agent circa 1840.In the 1870s Count De Salis of Tandragee, county Armagh, owned over 4,000 acres in county Limerick and 3,663 acres in county Armagh.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Loughgur Castle Loughgur Knockainy Kilmallock Knockainy 23 Smallcounty Limerick OSI Ref: R647 410
OS Sheet: 32
Discovery map: 65
Grange Hill Grange Monasteranenagh Kilmallock Grange 19 Smallcounty Limerick OSI Ref: R636 413
OS Sheet: 32
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Family & estate papers, including Fane, 18th-20th centuries. ; Oxford University: Bodleian Library
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Gleeson, 4 Nov 1862, Vol 66 (63), MRGS 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Library of Ireland
  • 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 for authorizing the persons therein named to concur on the part of Peter de Salis Esq, & the other persons entitled under the Settlement executed by Jerome de Salis Esq & Mary his wife & the will of the said Mary de Salis, in making a partition of certain estates late of the Right Hon Susanna Viscountess Fane, situate in the Cos of Armagh, Limerick and Tipperary,1802. HL/PO/PB/1/1802/42G3n277 ; 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
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Bruff, barony of Small County, 1944. Limerick North East 6; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Rent book, recording rents for land in Grange paid by John Purcell then later by his widow for the period 1862-1887. LM2007.0092 ; Limerick City Museum

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Modern printed sources