Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Furnell

''Burke's Irish Family Records'' refers to two Furnell brothers coming to Ireland in 1645 and settling in county Limerick. One of them bought Caherelly Castle and over 400 acres from General Vernon. Successive generations of Michael Furnells lived at Ballyclough and Caherelly. They had extensive limestone quarries and patents to hold fairs in the locality and set up a bank in 1804. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Furnell estate was located in the parishes of Caherelly and St Nicholas, barony of Clanwilliam and Knocknagaul, barony of Pubblebrien. In the 1870s George Cantillon Furnell of Caherelly Grange owned 1,741 acres in county Limerick and his uncle Frederick Furnell of Caherelly House owned 124 acres. In the late 18th century Michael Furnell of Ballyclough, county Limerick, married Mary Stacpoole of Cragbrien, county Clare and their third son Captain Thomas J. Furnell lived at Heathmount Lodge, Sixmilebridge, county Clare. He married Arabella Wallace and had a large family.

Associated Families

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballyclogh Lodge Ballyclogh Knocknagaul Limerick Roxborough 57 Pubblebrien Limerick OSI Ref: R575 527
OS Sheet: 13
Discovery map: 65
Monaster House Monaster North Monasteranenagh Croom Abbeyville Pubblebrien Limerick OSI Ref: R545 415
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 65
Caherelly Castle Caherelly Caherelly Limerick Caherelly 51 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R648 438
OS Sheet: 23
Discovery map: 65
Caherelly Cottage Caherelly Caherelly Limerick Caherelly 51 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R658 438
OS Sheet: 23
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re lands of the Furnell family in Cos Clare & 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
  • Monck Papers, Collection List 4, documents re the Furnell family & lands in Co Limerick, 1826-1835. MS 26,912; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Lawder & O’Shaughnessy & Others, 28 Oct 1853, Vol 24 (22), MRGS 39/010, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Manuscript maps of commons of Faugh[er]more, Ballynevan, Co Clare 1769 and divisions of Fahybeg (177-) 15 B. 9(16 & 18) ; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of part of Fahybeg surveyed for Michael Furnell by D Molony, 1775. 15 B. 9(17); National Library of Ireland
  • Assignment of mortgage Frederick T. Armstrong, 29 Cabra Parade, Co Dublin to Michael Furnell, Caherelly Castle, Co Limerick re lands at Rathany, Nethercross, Co Dublin, 4 June 1866. 99/10/2/35; National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re Thomas John Furnell of Heathmount, mainly 19th century. A.Lane Joynt solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 51, Co.965-990, M.353-363, D.5534-5753, T.1176-1198; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources