Landed Estates
NUI Galway

De Burgh (Dromkeen)

This family of Bourke originally from county Mayo settled at Dromkeen in county Limerick in the 15th century. In 1726 Thomas Burgh of Dromkeen, son of the Reverend Richard Burgh, married his cousin Mary Burgh of Oldtown, county Kildare and they had a son Richard who died in 1762 and left his estate to his cousin Walter Hussey later Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer in Ireland. Richard's sister Mary married Philpot Wolfe of Forenaghts, county Kildare, and appears to have inherited land in county Limerick. Walter Hussey de Burgh held land in the parish of Dromkeen, barony of Clanwilliam, county Limerick, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. His estate appears to be connected to that of the Balfes. His son, John Hamilton Hussey de Burgh, married Louisa Townsend, of Shepperton, county Cork and is associated with property in that county. Members of this family were still residing at Dromkeen in the 1970s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Dromkeen Ballybeg Dromkeen Limerick Kilmurry 52 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R732 464
OS Sheet: 24
Discovery map: 65
Dromkeen House Dromkeen North Dromkeen Limerick Kilmurry 52 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R727 475
OS Sheet: 24
Discovery map: 65
Kilfinnan Castle Kilfinnan Kilfaughnabeg Clonakilty KIlfaughnabeg 319 East Carbery (West) Cork OSI Ref: W228349
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89
Glandore Castle Aghatubrid More Kilfaughnabeg Clonakilty Kilfaughnabeg 319 East Carbery (West) Cork OSI Ref: W222355
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of various Burke families, including Burke of Glynsk, Keelogues, Dunamon Castle, Co Galway & Castleconnell & Dromkeen, Co Limerick, 814-1911. GO MS 169: 175-229 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Burgh of Bert, Co Kildare, of Dromkeen, Co Limerick, Earls of Ulster & Cornwall, c 1050-1818. GO MS 170:1-4; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Burgh & de Burgh of Oldtown, Bert, Donore, Co Kildare & Dromkeen, Co Limerick, c 1050-1850. GO MS 93:110-119; National Library of Ireland
  • Worcester Record Office: Copy of petition of Elizabeth J. Hussey de Burgh, Louis C Hussey de Burgh, both of Dublin, Mrs Anna M.Ker nee Hussey de Burgh & others to Lord Chancellor re estate in Drumkeen, (Co Limerick), with related papers, 15 Sept 1863. Microfilm P 1533 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Worcester Record Office: rentals of estates of Gortnadrummin, Drumkeen North, Drumkeen, Co Limerick & Rathconnelly, Co Roscommon, proportion of Mr & Mrs Berington, 1864-1865. Mss. 705:24/1813-14,1817. Microfilm P 1532; National Library of Ireland
  • Berington Papers, include rentals & estate papers relating to the estates of the Balfe family in cos Roscommon, Galway and Limerick, c 1840-1890. MSS 705:24/1795-1857. [Microfilm copy at NLI, P.1532-3]. ; Worcestershire Record Office
  • Map of estate of Rev Richard Burgh in barony of Clanwilliam, Co Limerick, 1735. M.1111c; National Archives of Ireland
  • Foster/Massereene Papers, include legal notes relating to William Burgh's claim to the estate of John Langton in Co. Limerick 1735 & a rental of William Burgh's estate in the Cos of Carlow, Kildare, Limerick, Armagh and the City of Dublin, 1 Jan 1768. D207/19/57 & 118; Public Record Office, Northern 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
  • Encumbered Estates Court Rentals (O'Brien), Ranclaud, 28 May 1851, Vol 7, MRGS 39/003, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources