Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bouchier/Bourchier (Baggotstown)

The Bouchiers had estates in county Limerick from Elizabethan times when they were granted some of the estate of the Earls of Desmond. Sir George Bouchier built Lough Gur castle in 1586 and his estate passed to the Fane family. However another branch of the Bourchier family acquired the nearby Kilcullane and Baggotstown estates. John Bouchier of Baggotstown, Kilcullane and Maidenhall, county Limerick, married Faith O’Grady of Kilballyowen and had three sons, James inherited Kilcullane and John inherited Baggotstown and Maidenhall. The Kilcullane estate was sold in 1812 to the 1st Viscount Guillamore. In the mid 19th century the Baggotstown estate was situated in the parish of Knockainy, barony of Smallcounty, county Limerick and Ballyhay, barony of Orrery and Kilmore, county Cork. James David Bouchier, a political activist who was very involved in the affairs of Bulgaria in the latter half of the 19th century, was a member of this family. In the 1870s the Bouchier estate was comprised of 845 acres.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Baggotstown Baggotstown Knockainy Kilmallock Uregare 24 Smallcounty Limerick OSI Ref: R658 353
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 65
Maiden Hall Garrynderk South Effin Kilmallock Tobernea 44 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R552 233
OS Sheet: 47
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Knockaney, barony of Small County, 1944. Limerick North East 24 ; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Collection of Co Cork leases & other legal documents, principally relating to the Bernard family but also to members of the Gookin, Buckworth, Stammers, Sealy, Beecher, Hedges, Stepney, Champagne, Fitzgerald, Daunt, McCarthy, Sanders, Webb, Bouchier & Baldwin families, 1709-1829. IE BL/SC/CB/1-30; University College Cork, Boole Library Archives
  • Fred Sutton, solicitor's collection, includes will of Limerick families in the Rathkeale area, including Lloyd, Watkins, Evans, Bouchier, De La Hunt, Dolmage etc, 19th century. Small Accs. Index 1/698; National Archives of Ireland

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