Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Townsend (Castletownsend)

Burke's ''Irish Family Records'' indicates that the first of this family to be established in Ireland was Richard Townsend, an officer in the Cromwellian army, who acquired Castle Townsend and other lands in west Cork in the late 1660s (6,543 acres). The estate of Richard M.F. Townsend amounted to over 7100 acres in county Kerry in the 1870s. Burke notes that this property was inherited by virtue of descent from the Knight of Kerry. The Ordnance Survey Field Name Books had reported that Capt Hickson of Dingle acted as agent for the Townsend estate in that area. The representatives of the late Rev. Maurice Townsend owned over 8000 acres in county Cork at the same time. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Rev. Maurice was among the principal lessors in the parishes of Castlehaven and also held townlands in other parishes in the same barony including Creagh, Drinagh, Dromdaleague, Kilmacabea, Myross and Skull. John Sealy Townsend, a barrister and descended from the Castletownsend family, was among the principal lessors in the parishes of Castleventry, Ross and Kilmichael, barony of East Carbery, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. Samuel Townsend of Skibbereen was among the lessors in the parish of Drinagh, at the same time. In 1874, over 100 acres of Samuel Nugent Townsend's estate in West Carbery was offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
The Grove Grove Dingle Dingle Dingle Corkaguiny Kerry OSI Ref: Q438014
OS Sheet: 43
Discovery map: 70
Mardyke House Coronea Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W118335
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 89
Lurriga House Lurriga Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbury (East) Cork OSI Ref: W125348
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 89
Lurriga Mill Lurriga Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbury (East) Cork OSI Ref: W125349
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 89
Glencurragh Marsh Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Skibbereen Urban 310 West Carbury (East) Cork OSI Ref: W116345
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 89
Rinneen House & Mills Carrigtishane Castlehaven Skibbereen Castlehaven North 317 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W182332
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89
Castle Townsend Castletownsend Castlehaven Skibbereen Castlehaven North 317 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W183314
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89
Point House/Cosheen Castletownsend Castlehaven Skibbereen Castlehaven North 317 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W184310
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89
Castletownsend (Coghill) Castletownsend Castlehaven Skibbereen Castlehaven North 317 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W182310
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89
Castletownsend (Herbert) Castletownsend Castlehaven Skibbereen Castlehaven North 317 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W184311
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89
Smithville Raheen Castlehaven Skibbereen Castlehaven North 317 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W163321
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: `89
Brade House Brade Myross Skibbereen Castlehaven North 317 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W198364
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89
Kilnagross Beanhill South Kilnagross Clonakilty Kilnagross 49 East Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W399444
OS Sheet: 122
Discovery map: 86

Archival sources

  • Deeds relating to the Townsend family of Co. Cork, 1836-81. D. 12,632-9; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Richard Boyle Townsend, late of Castle Townsend, Co. Cork and to his son, John Townsend of Castle Townsend, Feb. 19, 1828. Genealogical Office: Ms.107, pp.18-9; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Townsend, 26 June 1875, Vol 119, MRGS 39/054, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Minutes and accounts of Castletownsend harriers, 1834-37. M.4263; Trinity College Dublin
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Robinson & Townsend, (Killaloan, Co Tipperary), 23 Jan 1852, Vol 13 (26), MRGS 39/006, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Castlehaven; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources