Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Damer/Dawson Damer

The Damer family, who held estates in Dorset and Somerset, supported Cromwell and, after the Restoration, purchased estates in Ireland. Joseph Damer was created Baron Milton in 1762 and Earl of Dorchester in 1792 and held estates in counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. His titles died out with the death of his son, the 2nd Earl of Dorchester, in 1808. When his daughter died in 1828 the Damer estates were inherited by his grand-nephew, John Dawson, 2nd Earl of Portarlington, of Dawson's Grove, Queen's county [county Laois]. At the time of the first Ordnance Survey circa 1840 the Earl of Portarlington held an estate comprised of much of the parish of Oola, barony of Coonagh, county Limerick. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Earl of Portarlington is recorded as the immediate lessor of five townlands in that parish. The other townlands of which he was proprietor at the time of the first Ordnance Survey were leased or sold to members of the Bradshaw family, members of the Lloyd family of Castle Lloyd or Captain Hammersly. In the mid 19th century the Earl's county Tipperary estate was in the baronies of Clanwilliam (parish of Emly), Kilnamanagh Upper (mainly in the parish of Glenkeen), Ikerrin (mainly in the parish of Roscrea), Lower Ormond (mainly in the parish of Loughkeen) and Eliogarty. The second division of the Portarlington estates was advertised for sale in August 1850. The sale includes lands in the county Tipperary baronies of Middlethird, Clanwilliam and Kilnamanagh Upper. The fourth division of the Portarlington estates situated on the borders of counties Tipperary and Limerick amounting to 15,363 acres plus "The Lordship and Estate of Borrisoleigh" comprised of 7,783 acres, was advertised for sale in January 1855. The sixth division of the Portarlington estates was advertised for sale in June 1856 and included lands in counties Tipperary, Limerick and Longford amounting to a total of 6,513 acres, mainly near the town of Cashel. The seventh division of the Portarlington estates, 7,077 acres in counties Tipperary near Limerick Junction, Tipperary town, Templemore and Parsonstown, was advertised for sale in May 1857. A newspaper cutting with this rental gives details of the purchasers. The eighth division of the Portarlington estates, comprised of the lands of Barnlough and Gurteenshingawe, 1,357 acres in the barony of Clanwilliam, was advertised for sale in June 1858. The ninth division of the Portarlington estates, comprised of the town and town parks of Roscrea was advertised for sale in November 1858. Annotations on the rental show that most of the town parks were sold to R. S. Palmer in March 1859 and July 1860. The 10th division of this estate amounting to !,389 acres in counties Tipperary and Queen's County (Laois) was offered for sale in May 1860.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Lisheen Lisheen Ballygriffen Tipperary Ballygriffen 161 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: S018 410
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 66
Pegsborough House Pegsborough Tipperary Tipperary Solloghodbeg168 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R887 382
OS Sheet: 59
Discovery map: 66
Ballyslatteen Ballyslatteen Relickmurry & Athassel Tipperary Ballycarron Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: S012 335
OS Sheet: 68
Discovery map: 66
Hymenstown Hymenstown Relickmurry & Athassel Tipperary Ballycarron Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: S037 328
OS Sheet: 68
Discovery map: 66
Ballinard Ballinard Shronell Tipperary Shronell 160 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R828 374
OS Sheet: 58
Discovery map: 66
Damerville Ballyconry Shronell Tipperary Shronell 160 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R825 354
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 66
Shrone Hill Shronell Shronell Tipperary Shronell Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R827 352
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 66
Damer's Court Deerpark Shronell Tipperary Shronell 160 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R830 356
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 66
Barnlough Barnlough Templeneiry Tipperary Templeneiry 149 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R971 318
OS Sheet: 68
Discovery map: 66
Castle Fogarty Castlefogarty Ballycahill Thurles Ballycahill 127 Kilnamanagh Upper Tipperary OSI Ref: S055 594
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 66
Fort William Garrane Glenkeen Thurles Borrisoleigh 122 Kilnamanagh Upper Tipperary OSI Ref: S026 658
OS Sheet: 34
Discovery map: 59
Birchgrove Birchgrove Corbally Roscrea Roscrea 120 Ikerrin Tipperary OSI Ref: S153 894
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 60
Sheehills House Thesheehys Corbally Roscrea Roscrea 120 Ikerrin Tipperary OSI Ref: S154 872
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 60
Ashbury Ashbury Roscrea Roscrea Roscrea 120 Ikerrin Tipperary OSI Ref: S148 908
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 54
Montevideo House Clybanane Roscrea Roscrea Roscrea 120 Ikerrin Tipperary OSI Ref: S121 900
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 60
Mount Dudley Irby Roscrea Roscrea Roscrea 120 Ikerrin Tipperary OSI Ref: S129 890
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 60
Carrig Doughkill Loughkeen Birr Clohaskin 2 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: N020 010
OS Sheet: 8
Discovery map: 53
Damer House Town Parks Roscrea Roscrea Roscrea 120 Ikerrin Tipperary OSI Ref: S136 894
OS Sheet: 12
Discovery map: 60
Rockville (Loughkeen) Ballykinash Loughkeen Birr Carrig 1 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: N021015
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re the Damer estate in Co Limerick, mainly 19th century. A.Lane Joynt solicitor's collection, Small Accession Index 51, Co.965-990, M.353-363, D.5534-5753, T.1176-1198; National Archives of Ireland
  • Account books of Austin Cooper acting as agent for various landlords including Lord Milton's estates in Cos Clare & Tipperary, 1787- circa 1830. Mic/251; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Trant Papers, include documents re Lord Milton, 1606-1911. Collection List A14, MSS 31,554-31,645 & D 27,807-27,890; National Library of Ireland
  • Mortgage of release Richard Smith and Joseph Lord Milton to Robert & Henry Drummond, re lands in Cos Limerick & Tipperary, 1 Dec 1775. LM1999.0022; Limerick City Museum
  • Survey of Newcastle in the liberties of city of Limerick (Castletroy) estates of Lord Milton and Garret Neville, by John Grace, 16 July 1772. LM1987.0262; Limerick City Museum
  • Lease of land in Seskin, Co. Tipperary by Lord Milton to John Mulcahy, 1784. D. 6920; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Portarlington, 9 Aug 1850, Vol 2 (64), MRGS 39/001, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Trant Papers, include an abstract of Lord Milton's estate in Co Tipperary, 1781. Collection List 14, D.27,839; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Portarlington, 16 Jan 1855, Vol 33 (6), MRGS 39/015, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Earl of Portarlington, 7 June 1856, Vol 40 (42), MRGS 39/019, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Earl of Portarlington, 5 May 1857, Vol 45 (5), MRGS 39/022, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Earl of Portarlington, 22 June 1858, Vol 52 (39), MRGS 39/025, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Hamilton & Craig, solicitor's collection, sale rental for Co Tipperary and Limerick estates, 16 Jan 1855 and for town of Roscrea, 23 Nov 1857. Small Accessions Index 1/65 Rentals 36 & 37; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Portarlington, 23 Nov 1858, Vol 54 (6), MRGS 39/027, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Bennet Papers, unsorted collection of deeds and papers of the Bennet and Damer families relating to properties in cos. Offaly and Tipperary, 1719-1836. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitor's collection, includes a rental of the estates of the Earl of Portarlington in Cos Tipperary & Limerick, Nov 1843. Small Accs. Index 105, M.3785; National Archives of Ireland
  • Incumbered Estates Court rental of property in and near Roscrea of the Earl of Portarlington, for sale, Nov. 23, 1858. M.5740; National Archives of Ireland
  • Records of Earls of Portarlington, mainly 19th century. Mss 19,718-19,721 & 21,661-21,664; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Portarlington, 8 May 1860, Vol 59 (10), MRGS 39/029, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Grant & Others, 25 June 1875, Vol 120 (4), MRGS 39/054, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Milton (Damer) Papers include rent roll & ledger of the estates of Lord Milton in County Tipperary, 1787 - 1798 & rent roll & ledger of his estates in County Tipperary, 1787 - 1798, with abstract of title of Lord Dorchester to the Cloneen estate, barony of Eliogarty, 1787. TL/F/18 ; Tipperary Studies Research Library (Archives), Thurles
  • Rent roll and ledger of the estates of Lord Milton in County Tipperary, 1787 - 1798. Microfilm P.5553 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Declaration of trust from David Latouche the younger to Joseph (Damer) Lord Milton, Oct. 1, 1784. D.18,723 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease of lands in Shronchill, Co. Tipperary by Lord Milton to Timothy Quinlan and John Burke, 1786. D.6935 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Barker (Sir William) appellant versus John Damer, Joseph Damer and Nathan Evans re estate of Sir William Barker in county Limerick which was mortgaged to Percy Freak and Edward Riggs and purchased by Thomas Ivers. Irish Chancery appeal. Appellant's case and respondents' case. Apr., 1731. House of Lords Appeals: Vol. 10. ; King's Inn Library
  • Letters to John Dawson, 2nd Earl of Portarlington, dealing, mainly with his military career, together with one letter to his father and a number of letters to Col. the Hon. George Dawson-Damer and to his wife, dealing with personal affairs, 1795 - 1847. Ms 8290 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Kingston (James) Baron appellant versus John Damer re estates at Curraghgorum and Banenoneeny, Co. Cork and Kilglass, Co. Limerick leased to Thomas Sergeant and Garret Fitzgerald. Irish Exchequer Appeal. Appellant's case. May, 1742.House of Lords Appeals: Vol. 4a ; King's Inn Library
  • Kenmare (Valentine Brown) Lord, appellant versus James Lavallin, administrator of Melchior Lavallin, John Damer, Francis Garvan, Eustace White and others retitle to parts of the forfeited estates of Sir Nicholas Browne in counties Limerick, Cork (including the lands of Dunemark) and Kerry (including Ballycarberry) A. c. and cases of respondents. Mar., 1731. House of Lords Appeals: Vol. 10 ; King's Inn Library
  • Account book of the Marquis of Drogheda and Earl Vane, trustees of the marriage settlement of the Earl and Countess of Portarlington, 1852-1858. Ms 19,718 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Accounts and papers relating to the property of the Dawson family, Earls of Portarlington, in Leix and Offaly and at Shantonagh, Co. Monaghan, with some papers relating to the Damer family, 19th c. M. 6188 (1-24) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental from the Portarlington estate of the Earl of Portarlington, 1893. Ms 19,721 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Account of receipts and payments in respect of income of Captain L. S. W. Dawson-Damer, M. P., later 4th Earl of Portarlington, 1878. Ms 21,663; National Library of Ireland
  • Epitome documents for effecting family arrangement and re-settlement of estates between Captain Dawson-Damer and his eldest son, 1880. Ms 21,661; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Hickie (Gorteeney, formerly part of Portarlington estate), 2 Feb 1864, Vol 71 (35), 31 May 1864, Vol 72 (81), 5 Mar 1872, Vol 105 (29), MRGS 39/035, 39/036 & 39/049, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Rent roll of the Lordship, Manor, Town and Lands of Roscrea, for the year ending March 25, 1770. Microfilm P5553 (Original in Tipperay County Library, Thurles); National Library of Ireland
  • Menton, solicitor's collection, Roscrea, includes an original document of Henry Earl of Shelbourne and John Damer re purchase of lands around Roscrea dated 1734. Also indenture Richard Dawson Damer, William Hackett, 1853. Boxes 16 & 56; Roscrea Heritage Society Centre, Damer House, Roscrea

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