Landed Estates
NUI Galway


Thomas P. Power writes how the Stanleys acquired their Irish estates through the marriage, in 1747, of Lucy, daughter of Hugh Smith, son of Erasmus Smith, to James, Lord Strange, son of the 11th Earl of Derby. James and Lucy's son, Edward, succeeded his grandfather as 12th Earl of Derby in 1776. Lucy's sister Dorothy married John Barry, a younger son of the 4th Earl of Barrymore, and the Smith county Tipperary estate was divided in 1755, the Smith Barrys obtaining 4,908 acres and the Stanleys 6,108 acres. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Lord Stanley held two townlands Cooga Upper and Lower, over 800 acres in the parish of Doon, barony of Coonagh, county Limerick. His agent was Thomas Bolton. The National Library of Ireland holds a map of "Coogey", bordered by the townland of Bilbao, dated 1834 but the name of the proprietor is not recorded. This property was bought by Valentine O'Brien O'Connor in the second half of the 19th century [1873] as a report on the provisions of his will published in the ''New Zealand Tablet'' (7 Huitanguru [Sept]1874) states that an annuity of £5,000 was charged on the estate he bought from the Earl of Derby. In the mid 19th century Lord Stanley's county Tipperary estate was in the parishes of Railstown, St Johnbaptist and St Patricksrock, barony of Middlethird and Emly, Kilfeakle, Shronell and Tipperary but mainly in the parish of Solloghodmore, all in the barony of Clanwilliam.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Pegsborough House Pegsborough Tipperary Tipperary Solloghodbeg168 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R887 382
OS Sheet: 59
Discovery map: 66
Ballykisteen House Gotinstown Solloghodmore Tipperary Ballykisteen 166 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R854 386
OS Sheet: 58
Discovery map: 66
Russelstown Russelstown Solloghodmore Tipperary Ballykisteen 166 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R843 398
OS Sheet: 58
Discovery map: 66
Rathneaveen Rathneaveen Ryan Tipperary Tipperary Solloghodbeg 168 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R898 388
OS Sheet: 59
Discovery map: 66
Ballyfowloo House Ballyfowloo StPatricksrock Cashel Magorban 57 Middlethird Tipperary OSI Ref: S109389
OS Sheet: 61
Discovery map: 66

Archival sources

  • Map of Coogey 1834. 21 F 40 (7) ; National Library of Ireland
  • Stanley family, Earls of Derby, collection, includes estate papers re Irish estates (cos Limerick, Tipperary, Meath, Louth etc), 18th-19th centuries. DDK; Lancashire Record Office
  • Copies of records from the Derby Papers re their Irish estates, 1748-1810. MIC368; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Papers of the Stanley family, Earls of Derby, include list of tenants of the Tipperary estate, n.d. 920 DER (14) 3/1 ; Liverpool Record Office and Local History Service
  • Chambers and Company of Northwich Collection, includes deed and schedule showing division of estates in Ireland between Rt. Hon. James Smith Stanley Esq. (Lot 'A') and John Smith Barry Esq. for and on behalf of Dorothy Smith Barry his wife (Lot 'B'). Lot 'A' comprises prem. in Barony of Middlethird and Barony of Clanwilliam co. Tipperary, Barony of Coonagh co. Limerick, Barony of Ferrard co. Louth and Barony of Deece co. Meath. Lot 'B' comprises prem. in Barony of Middlethird and Barony of Clanwilliam co. Tipperary, and Barony of Terrad co. Louth, 1755. DCN/1984/25/9 ; Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service
  • Longfield maps, undated maps of lands in the baronies of Clanwilliam & Middlethird with tenants' names [estate of Lord Stanley]. 21.F.46 (5-9, 29); National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources