Landed Estates
NUI Galway

O'Grady/Grady (Elton)

According to Burke's ''Irish Family Records'' (1976), the O'Gradys of Elton descend from Darby O'Grady of Kilballyowen who married Faith, daughter and co heir of Sir Thomas Standish, in 1633. This branch of the family used Standish as a christian names in many generations. They were resident at Elton from at least the mid 18th century. They also had a residence near Limerick city at Cappercullen House, now the site of the tennis court at Glenstal Abbey. In 1857 Captain Standish Grady leased Cappercullen from Lord Carbery. His daughter, Mary, became the Countess of Ilchester. In 1767 Standish Grady the younger of Elton married a daughter of Robert Oliver. Their grandson, the Reverend Standish Grady, was dead by the mid 1840s but his widow, Mrs Mary Jane Grady, was resident at Elton. Her estate was in the parishes of Athneasy and Knockainy, barony of Smallcounty and some of it was advertised for sale in December 1853 and again in May 1855. She also held land in the parish of Tullabracky, barony of Coshma, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. This land was held on a lease from the Bishop of Limerick to Mrs Grady dated 1856 when it was advertised for sale with over 900 acres in the barony of Eliogarty, county Tipperary on 9 July 1857. Her representatives owned 1,045 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s. see


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Elton Elton Knockainy Kilmallock Emlygrennan 34 Smallcounty Limerick OSI Ref: R695 313
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 65
Cappercullen Cappercullen Abington Limerick Glenstal 76 Owneybeg Limerick OSI Ref: R735 568
OS Sheet: 7
Discovery map: 64
Brookfield Brookfield Kilbarron Borrisokane Kilbarron 10 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R816 949
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Grady, 13 Dec 1853, Vol 25 (31) & 8 May 1855, Vol 34 (50), MRGS 39/010 & 39/016, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), St George, Latouche, Harris, Lawler & O’Grady, 9 July 1857, Vol 47 (20), MRGS 39/023, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • W.B. Scott, solicitor's collection, contains many records re land transactions in Cos Clare, Limerick & Cork, 18th-19th centuries, including references to this family. Small Accs Index 76 ; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources