Landed Estates
NUI Galway

King (Kingston/Lorton)

The King estate was one of the largest in Connacht including lands in Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo as well as the main estate in County Roscommon. In 1667 Lord Kingston was granted over 23,000 acres in Connacht and over 14,000 acres in Munster and other very large estates particularly in counties Cork and Tipperary in 1669. Most of the King's Munster estate was in County Cork and through marriage with the Harman family they also acquired lands in County Longford. The family name became at various times King-Harman, Harman-King-Harman and Stafford-King-Harman. In 1703 lands at Ardcarne were conveyed to Neave Coghill. At the same time Sir Robert King sold lands to George Gore. The estate was centred around Boyle in County Roscommon, firstly at King House and later at Rockingham. In 1828 Robert King was a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon. In the mid 19th century the county Limerick estate of the the Earl of Kingston was in the barony of Coshlea, mainly in the parishes of Ballylanders (thirteen townlands) and Kilbeheny (21 townlands) but he also held land in the parishes of Ballingarry and Effin. Almost 21,000 acres in the parishes of Ballylanders and Kilbeheny, county Limerick, 18,180 acres in county Tipperary and 3,951 acres of the Araglin estate in county Cork, belonging to Lord Kingston, were advertised for sale in June and July 1851. The Freeman's Journal gives details of the purchasers in both 1851 and 1852. Griffith's Valuation records the Earl of Kingston holding land in various parishes in the baronies of Fermoy and Condons and Clangibbon, county Cork. The vast bulk of his estate around Mitchelstown was in the parishes of Brigown, Kildorrery, Kilgullane, Marshalstown, Macroney and Templemolaga, barony of Condons and Clangibbon. The county Tipperary estate was comprised of the parish of Templetenny, barony of Iffa and Offa West. It was advertised for sale in July 1851 and mainly purchased by the Irish Land Company and Edward Sandiford Power. Part of the settled estates of Lord Kingston, over 26,000 acres in county Cork and 250 acres in county Limerick were advertised for sale in February 1855. The settled estates were advertised in 3 divisions, the first was comprised of lots north west of Mitchestown, the second division was located south east of Mitchelstown and the third was a tract of 9,000 acres of land in the barony of Duhallow on which Lord Lismore paid the head rent. Over 7,000 acres of the settled estates in the baronies of Condons and Clangibbon and Fermoy were to be auctioned on 5 June 1855. In the 1870s the Kingston estates in counties Limerick and Tipperary were only 250 and 211 acres while the county Cork estate amounted to 24,421 acres.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Lisserlough Lisserlough Killaraght Boyle Killaraght 6 Coolavin Sligo OSI Ref: G750002
OS Sheet: 47
Discovery map: 33
Rockingham Rockingham Demesne Ardcarn Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G847038
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Tower Hill Carrowkeel Aghanagh Boyle Templevanny 7 Tirerrill Sligo OSI Ref: G756125
OS Sheet: 34, 40
Discovery map: 33
Ardcarne House Ardcarn Ardcarn Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G859015
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Glencarne House Ardcarn Ardcarn Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G872013
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Castle Island Castle Island Ardcarn Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G847048
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Ardcarn Glebe Glebe Ardcarn Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G867025
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Grevisk Grevisk Ardcarn Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G852019
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Mount Erris Erris Boyle Boyle Boyle Rural 32 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G823033
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Millmount Macmoyne Boyle Boyle Boyle Rural 32 & Boyle Town Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G797024
OS Sheet: 5 6
Discovery map: 33
Warren/Drum Warren or Drum Boyle Boyle Boyle Rural 32 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref:
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
King House Knocknashee Boyle Boyle Boyle Rural 32 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G803028
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Lough Key House Ballykeevican Kilbryan Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G836026
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Carrickard House Keeloges Kilbryan Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G831017
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Abbey View House Knocknashee Boyle Boyle Boyle Rural 32/Boyle Urban Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G803028
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Ellesmere Ardcarn Ardcarn Boyle Rockingham 36 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G871024
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Drum Lodge Warren or Drum Boyle Boyle Boyle Rural 32 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G819030
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Loughananna Loughananna Kilbeheny Mitchelstown Kilbeheny 87 Coshlea Limerick OSI Ref: R875 176
OS Sheet: 58
Discovery map: 74
Roskeen Roskeen Roskeen Kanturk Roskeen 168 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: W445 992
OS Sheet: 32
Discovery map: 80
Springvale Springvale Kildorrery Mitchelstown Kildorrery 292 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R695 131
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 73
Ballinwillin Ballinwillin Brigown Mitchelstown Mitchelstown 298 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: R821 133
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 74
Mitchelstown Castle Mitchelstown Brigown Mitchelstown Mitchelstown 298 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: R808 132
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 74
Marshalstown Marshalstown Marshalstown Mitchelstown Marshalstown 294 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: R746 117
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 74
Mounteagle Cottage Marshalstown Marshalstown Mitchelstown Marshalstown 294 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: R740 114
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 73
Araglin Cottage Billeragh East Macroney Fermoy Gortnaskeky 145 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: R904 053
OS Sheet: 28
Discovery map: 74
Ballywilliam Ballywilliam Shanrahan Clogheen Ballyporeen Iffa and Offa West Tipperary OSI Ref: R912 126
OS Sheet: 86
Discovery map: 74
Galtee Castle Skeheenaranky Templetenny Clogheen Coolagarranroe 72 Iffa and Offa West Tipperary OSI Ref: R881 189
OS Sheet: 80
Discovery map: 74
Cloontykilla Castle Rockingham Demesne Ardcarn Boyle Rockingham Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G854055
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 33
Kilshanny Kilshanny Brigown Mitchelstown Mitchelstown Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: R826130
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 74

Archival sources

  • Rentals of King estate, 1671, 1697 & 1765, MacDonagh MSS, ; Sligo County Library
  • MSS Maps of estate of Earl of Kingston in Roscommon & Sligo, 1765-1770. 21 F 13.; National Library of Ireland
  • MSS Maps of King-Harman estate, 1814-1886. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of estate of Earl of Kingston, 1913-28. Robinson Collection. ; Sligo County Library
  • Rental & sale particulars of Kingston estates, baronies of Corran, Tireragh & Tirerrill, 1826, F.C/D2/33; Sligo County Library
  • Quit Rents paid by Lord Lorton, 1827. F.C/D2/33; Sligo County Library
  • Lease books of Lord Lorton's estates in counties Roscommon & Sligo18th-19th centuries. MSS.3104-3105. ; National Library of Ireland
  • 18th century MSS maps of Earl of Kingston's estates in counties Roscommon & Sligo. ; National Library of Ireland
  • MSS maps of estate of Harman King-Harman in county Sligo, 1814-86. 14 A 3 and county Roscommon, 1778-1887, 14 A 1-2. ; National Library of Ireland
  • King-Harman Family Papers, 1656-1893. Small Accs. Index 90; National Archives of Ireland
  • MSS 8810. Rockingham Papers: documents relating to the King family and estates, including financial accounts, correspondence, building of Rockingham House, 1673-1838. ; National Library of Ireland
  • CO 1975. Writ of Covenant, Common Bench, 1684, Standish Hartstong & Robert Choppyne v Robert, earl of Kingston re lands in Sligo and Roscommon. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Two account books re building new house at Rockingham, Viscount Lorton's estate, 1809-1816. MSS.3775-3776. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease from John, Lord Kingston to Thomas Caulfield, of lands in Ballymoe barony, 1668. D.8768.; National Library of Ireland
  • Account books from office of A. Bole detailing accounts of King-Harman estates, Longford and Westmeath, Rev. W. Handcock, Roscommon & Westmeath, 1845-late 19th century. MSS. 14,103-109. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Funeral certificate of Catherine, Lady King, mother of Sir Robert King of Abbey Boyle and of John King, Dec. 1617. GO Ms. 87, 89. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Earl of Kingston, 2 December 1851, Vol 12, MRGS 39/005, (microfilm copy in NUIG; National Archives of Ireland
  • Tyndall Presentation, re the King estate, 1604-1764. Acc No. 1151; National Archives of Ireland
  • Notes and cuttings re Co Roscommon, compiled by R.D. Walshe, includes cuttings from ''Ireland Ilustrated'' June 1903 re Rockingham and the Dudleys. MS 14,034; National Library of Ireland
  • Private Act, House of Lords, for authorizing the raising of Money for Payment of Incumbrances on the Estates in the Cos Roscommon & Sligo & Queen's County of which the Right Honourable Robert Viscount Lorton is Tenant for Life in Possession, by Mortgage instead of Sale, 1860.HL/PO/PB/1/1860/23&24V1n316; Parliamentary Archives
  • King Harman family, Co Longford, family & estate papers, 1720-1997. D/4168; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), King (1st & 2nd Divisions – Cos Limerick, Tipperary, Cork & Sligo), 17 June & 1 July 1851, Vol 9 (1, 2 & 3), MRGS 39/004, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), King (1st Division – Co Limerick), 17 June 1851, Vol 8 (17) & 22 June 1852, Vol 16 (35), MRGS 39/003 & 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kingston, Eyre & Sadlier, 20 Feb 1855, Vol 33 (42), MRGS 39/015, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental of the Earl of Kingston in Cos Limerick, Tipperary & Cork, 1841-1842. MS 5276; National Library of Ireland
  • Collection of miscellaneous items from the British Records Association, contains papers re property in Cos Cork Limerick & Tipperary of the Walcott family, including references to Yeamans & Earl of Kingston,18th & 19th centuries. Small Accs Index 101, D.18692-18723, M.2375-2386, T.7319-7320 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Baker Papers: draft of lease by John Asgill to Sir William King, George Alymer & others re lands in the manor of Castletown & town of Killarney, Co Kerry & elsewhere on Cos Limerick & Cork, 1703. D 27,204; National Library of Ireland
  • Baron James Kingston v John Damer re estates at Curraghgorum & Banenoneeny, Co Cork & Kilglass, Co Limerick leased to Thomas Sergeant & Garret Fitzgerald, May 1742. House of Lords Appeals, Vol 4a ; King's Inn Library
  • Stewart of Tyrcallen Papers, includes set of detailed accounts, 1797-1800, between the 'Hon. Colonel King [Robert King, later 1st Viscount Lorton] as sole executor to his father, Robert Earl of Kingston, and residuary legatee ... with Henry Stewart Esq., from 24 November 1797 to 30 June 1800', 1668-1982. D3319; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Records relating to the King Harman family & their estates, especially in Cos Longford and Roscommon, 1604-1893. Accs 1/211:/270, 1/393, 1/582, 90 & 1151 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental of the Co Limerick estate of the Earl of Kingston, 1840. MS 3276; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kingston, Eyre & Sadlier, 5 June 1855, Vol 35 (5) & 19 Feb 1856, Vol 38 (33) MRGS 39/016 & 39/018, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kingston, Eyre & Sadlier, 19 Feb 1856, Vol 38 (33), MRGS 39/018, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kingston, Eyre & Sadlier, (Ballyvisteen & Gurthacurrig), 4 July 1865, Vol 78 (16), MRGS 39/038, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Frazer, (Kildrum leased from Kingston), 23 June 1885, Vol 149 (15), MRGS 39/065, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Arthur Young Papers, copies of 23 letters relating to Arthur Young, agent for the Kingsborough estate, Mitchelstowen, Co. Cork, princpally conerning Ango-Irish trading and commercial issues. Correspondents include amongst others: the 1st Earl of Charlemont, Alexander Wedderburn, [later Lord Loughborough], Edmund Burke, George Rose, William [Burton] Conyngham, etc.1777-1797. T3469 ; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Kingston v. Kingston. Ms 3275; National Library of Ireland
  • Timber & garden account books of Caroline Dowager Countess of Kingston. Ms 19,077; National Library of Ireland
  • Kingston Papers, miscellaneous documents, in possession of O'Brien & Co, solicitors, Bank Place, Mitchelstown, Co Cork. ; Private Possession
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Mitchelstown; Cork County Library

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Modern printed sources