Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Cooper (Killenure)

This family, originally from Surrey, settled at Butterhill in county Wicklow in the 17th century. Following the appointment of William Cooper as Registrar of the Diocese of Cashel, one branch settled at Killenure Castle, county Tipperary in the mid 18th century. William Cooper and his wife, Jane Wayland, had two sons, Samuel of Killenure, agent to the Maude, Damer and Erasmus Smith Schools estates and Austin, an antiquarian and agent to a number of landlords including the 2nd Earl of Leitrim, Baron Milton and Viscount Hawarden. In the mid 19th century Samuel Cooper held land in the parishes of Kilmaleery and Kilnasoolagh, barony of Bunratty Lower, and Kilseily, barony of Tulla Lower, county Clare. The main part of the Cooper estate was in county Tipperary, in the parishes of St Johnbaptist, barony of Middlethird, Cullen and Solloghodbeg, barony of Clanwilliam, Donohill and Oughterleague, barony of Kilnamanagh Lower. In November 1854 the interest of Patrick J. O'Kearney and others in the lands of Ballywalter was advertised for sale, Samuel Cooper was the tenant. He held on a lease dated 28 December 1852. In the 1870s Samuel Cooper of Killenure, Cashel, county Tipperary, owned 826 acres in county Tipperary and 344 acres in county Clare. His brother was Richard Austin Cooper Chadwick. [Another brother, William L. Cooper of England owned 727 acres in county Tipperary].


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Lackenacoombe Lackenacoombe Donohill Tipperary Donohill 152 Kilnamanagh Lower Tipperary OSI Ref: R923 497
OS Sheet: 51
Discovery map: 66
Kilmore Kilmore Upper Killmore Cashel Oughterleague 53 Kilnamanagh Lower Tipperary OSI Ref: R992 421
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 66
Killenure Castle Killenure Oughterleague Cashel Oughterleague 53 Kilnamanagh Lower Tipperary OSI Ref: S002 439
OS Sheet: 52
Discovery map: 66
Ballywalter Ballywalter Oughterleague Cashel Oughterleague 53 Kilnamanagh Lower Tipperary OSI Ref: R996 430
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 66
Camus Camus St Patricksrock Cashel Cashel Rural Middlethird Tipperary OSI Ref: S047 427
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 66

Archival sources

  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Austin Cooper of Abbeyville and Kensealy, Co. Dublin, younger son of William Cooper of Killenure Castle, Co. Tipperary, son of Samuel Cooper of Beamore, Co. Meath and to the great great grandson of the said Austin, being Capt. Matthew Pennefather Lloyd Cooper, son of Mark Bloxham Cooper, Q. C., of Dublin April 9, 1930. Genealogical Office: Ms.111d, fol.17-8 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Diaries of Samuel Cooper 1782-1823, housekeeper's book 1846-1849 & also estate papers 19th century. TL/F/9; Tipperary Studies Research Library (Archives), Thurles
  • Villiers-Stuart Papers, Letters to Sir William Homan from Samuel Cooper, of Killenure Castle, Co. Tipperary, and Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 1808-1810. Ms. 24,610 .; National Library of Ireland
  • Account books of Austin Cooper, acting as agent for, inter alia, the estates of Lord Leitrim at Mohill and Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, of Lord Massereene in Co. Monaghan, of Lord Allen, at Punchestown, Co. Kildare, of Lord Hawarden in Counties Kilkenny and Tipperary, and of Lord Milton, later earl of Dorchester, in Counties Clare and Tipperary, 1787-c.1830; inventory of the property etc. of Austin Cooper, following his death, c. 1830-31. Mic/251; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Brodrick (Charles) Archbp. of Cashel: Letters of Charles Broderick. Archbp. of Cashel to Austin Cooper, 1802-21. Microfilm P3476; National Library of Ireland
  • Diaries of Samuel Cooper 1782-1823 with gaps. Contact Anthony Austin Cooper, England.; Private Possession
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), O’Kearney (Ballywalter), 24 Nov 1854, Vol 32 (12), MRGS 39/014, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

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