Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Atkinson (Glenwilliam)

According to Burke's Landed Gentry the Atkinsons settled in the north of Ireland in the late 16th century. Some time in the late 1850s Edward Atkinson of Glenwilliam and Skea House, Enniskillen, county Fermanagh, appears to have bought the Glenwilliam estate from the Massys [or possibly won it in a game of cards, see Bence Jones]. In the 1870s Edward Atkinson of Glenwilliam Castle, Ballingarry, county Limerick, owned 2,655 acres in the county. He was the father of John Atkinson, Attorney General of Ireland in the 1890s and Member of Parliament for North Derry and later created Lord Atkinson.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Glenwilliam Glenwilliam Ballingarry Croom Ballynoe 10 Connello Upper Limerick OSI Ref: R410 321
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Copy of grant of supporters to the Rt Hon John Atkinson on granting to him of the dignity of Baron for life, 19 Feb 1906. GO MS 111:179-180; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to the descendants of Edward Atkinson of Glenwilliam Castle & of Drogheda & to his eldest son the Rt Hon John Atkinson, Attorney General of Ireland, 5 Dec 1905. GO MS 111:176-177; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Ballingarry, barony of Connello Upper, 1944. Limerick West 5; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle

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Modern printed sources