Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Ormsby (Athlacca)

This Ormsby family share a common ancestry with the Ormsbys of Tobervaddy, county Roscommon. In 1666 Captain Arthur Ormsby of Ballyvenoge, county Limerick was granted 6,068 acres in counties Limerick and Cork and Charles Ormsby, a minor, was granted over 5,000 acres in the barony of Coshma, county Limerick, including Athlacka. The county Limerick lands were mainly in the barony of Coshma and were previously the property of the de Lacy family. The county Cork lands were in the barony of East Carbery. John Ormsby who lived at Athlacca in the first decade of the 18th century was a descendant. In 1786 another descendant Arthur Ormsby of Ballygrennan, parish of St Munchins, barony of Pubblebrien, married Maria Vereker, sister of Viscount Gort and had a number of children, including sons John, Maunsell and Henry and a daughter Maria who married Simon Rose of Ahabeg, county Limerick in 1826. Their son Henry Ormsby Rose eventually succeeded to the Ormsby estates. The Withers sale notice for part of the lands of Ballygrennan in the North Liberties of Limerick city records John Ormsby leasing Ballygrennan to George Lloyd for 880 years, date 10 Mar 1802. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Henry Ormsby Rose held land in the parishes of Athlacca and Croom, barony of Coshma. In the 1870s Henry Rose of Paris, a minor, and Miss Rose of Paris, owned 1,374 acres and 422 acres respectively in county Limerick.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castlepark Ballygrennan St Munchins Limerick Limerick North Rural 58 North Liberties of Limerick Limerick OSI Ref: R560 596
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 65
Maidstown Castle Maidstown Dromin Kilmallock Dromin 27 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R585 319
OS Sheet: 39
Discovery map: 65
Athlacca House Athlacca North Athlacca Croom Athlacca 21 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R554 343
OS Sheet: 39
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Withers, Taylor, 18 Sept 1866, Vol 82 (59) & 16 Apr 1867, Vol 84 (83), MRGS 39/040 & 39/041, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Maps of lands of Knocksouna, barony of Coshma, estate of George Ormsby, 1805. 16 H 32(14) & 21 F 40(8); National Library of Ireland
  • Petitions & appeals of John Ormsby of Alacka, Co Limerick, against decrees of Henry Dodwell & Katherine his wife, & Elizabeth Ormsby, widow of Arthur Ormsby, 27 Oct 1702. New Series V (1910), 53-55 ; House of Lords, Record Office
  • Appellant’s case & respondent’s case in suit John Ormsby v Henry Dodwell, Catharine Dodwell & Mrs Elizabeth Ormsby, arising out of settlement of lands of Ballyvenoge etc in Co Limerick by Arthur Ormsby, Jan 1702. House of Lords Appeals, Vol I; King's Inn Library
  • Marriage articles of Clotworthy Upton of Castle Upton, Co Antrim & Jane Ormsby of Alacka, Co Limerick, 18 Nov 1712. T/465; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Dromin/Athlacca, barony of Coshma, 1943. Limerick North East 14; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle

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