Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The Wolfe family were settled at Forenaghts and Bishopsland, county Kildare, since the late 17th century. In 1753 Philpot Wolfe of Forenaghts married Mary daughter of Thomas de Burgh of Dromkeen, county Limerick. Although her brother left Dromkeen to his cousin Walter Hussey (Hussey de Burgh), Mary must have inherited some property in county Limerick, which became the Wolfe estate in that county. One of her grandsons was the Reverend Richard Wolfe who succeeded his brother John in 1816. In 1831 the Reverend Richard Wolfe married Lady Charlotte Sophia Hely-Hutchinson, sister of John 2nd Earl of Donoughmore and died without heirs in 1841. The Ordnance Survey Field Name Book shows that Thomas Disney was agent to the Wolfe estate in county Limerick. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Lady Charlotte Wolfe held an estate in the county Limerick parishes of Caherconlish, Dromkeen and Inch St Lawrence, barony of Clanwilliam. Richard Wolfe of Ferns, Naas, county Kildare, owned 1,365 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s and 1,397 acres in county Kildare.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Lombardstown Lombardstown Caherconlish Limerick Caherconlish East 49 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R703 474
OS Sheet: 23
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Book of 22 maps of estate of Philpott Wolfe in Cos Kildare, King’s Co (Offaly) & Limerick, 1768. MS 3668; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Woulfe of Ballyphilip & Corbally, Co Limerick, Tire Clanne & Ennis, Co Clare & Portugal, circa 1550-1770. GO MS 165:131-134; National Library of Ireland
  • T.U. Sadlier Collection, includes documents re Wolfe family of Forenaghts, Co Kildare, including maps re Dromkine, Co Limerick, which by 1769 set to Richard Bourke by Philpott Wolfe, 18th century. Small Accs Index 1/661, M.1111; National Archives of Ireland
  • Leases, marriage settlements, wills, and legal papers relating to the family of Wolfe, of Forenaughts, Co. Kildare, 18th-19th c. Wolfe Papers ; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources