Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Atkinson (Rahans)

According to Burke's ''Landed Gentry'' the Atkinsons were Elizabethean settlers. On 5 July 1742 they were given a lease of Rahans, parish of Ballynahaglish, barony of Tirawley, county Mayo, by James O'Hara, Lord Tyrawley. The estate of 1244 acres was sold in the Encumbered Estates' Court following the death in 1849 of Charles Atkinson, the coroner for North Mayo. Rahans was bought by George Orme in 1855 and the Atkinsons moved to Ballylahan in the parish of Templemore. Matthew Atkinson, a Dublin lawyer and brother of the coroner, who bought land in the Encumbered Estates Court in the barony of Erris, was a member of this family.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rahans Rahans Ballynahaglish Balllina Ballina Rural 6 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G243 172
OS Sheet: 24
Discovery map: 24
Ballylahan Ballylahan Templemore Castlebar Strade 61 Gallen Mayo OSI Ref: M281 987
OS Sheet: 61
Discovery map: 31

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Atkinson, 7 Dec 1855, Vol 37, MRGS 39/018 (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Stock Papers, Collection List P10; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Pedigree of Atkinson of Ardnaree, Rehins, Glencastle, Beleek, Cloona and Ballylahan, Co Mayo, circa 1600-1865. GO MS 179, 160-5; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy confirmation of arms to Charles Atkinson of Ballylahan, Co Mayo, 25 May 1865. GO MS 109, 81-82; National Library of Ireland
  • Solicitors' Papers re Moy and other fisheries, Co Mayo and associated families of Gore, Browne, Ormsby, Jones, Atkinson, Little, Clarke, Orme, FitzGerald and Clive, 1611-1957. Acc. 1165; National Archives of Ireland
  • Solicitors' Papers, lease of lands in barony of Tirawley, Roth to Atkinson of Rahans, 1733 [damaged document]. Small Accs. Index 30 Bundle 34/1091; National Archives of Ireland
  • Solicitors' Papers, maps of estate of Atkinson of Rahans, including Rahans demesne 1808. Small Accs. Index 47, 2C 47 102; National Archives of Ireland
  • Ratins ? photos. 011/079; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Papers of Martin, King, French & Ingram, solicitors of Limavady, includes settlement re property in Co Mayo between Charles Atkinson junior of Armagh & his wife Mary nee Hill, John Hill of Newtownhamilton, Co Armagh & William Atkinson of Rehins, Co Mayo, 1829-1830. D/1118/13/44-45; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland

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Modern printed sources