Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Franks (Ballyscadden)

The Franks of Meadstown, county Cork and Ballyscadden, county Limerick, share a common ancestry with the Franks of Carrig Park. Matthew Franks of Moorestown, county Limerick, had three sons, Henry of Moorestown, county Limerick and Meadstown, county Cork, Thomas of Ballymagooly, county Cork and Welstead of Kilfinnan, county Limerick. From Thomas of Ballymagooly descend the Franks of Garrettstown and Ballyscaddane. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Henry Franks, grandson of Henry, held land in the parishes of Farahy and Kildorrery, barony of Fermoy. He was also "of Gortnavidera, county Tipperary". Sir John Franks, a distinguished lawyer and Judge of the Supreme Court of Bengal, was a younger son of Thomas Franks of Ballymagooly, county Cork. He married his cousin, Catherine Franks of Carrig, county Cork, and had two sons and three daughters. The Franks family bought the Ryves estate in the early 1850s and Sir John's eldest son is referred to as John Franks of Ballyscaddane in Burke's ''Landed Gentry of Ireland'' (1904). John Franks of Ballyscadane owned over 3,196 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s. The Franks still owned Ballyscaddane at the beginning of the 20th century.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ryves Castle [Castle Jane] Ryvescastle Ballyscaddan Kilmallock Knocklong 32 Coshlea Limerick OSI Ref: R749 300
OS Sheet: 41
Discovery map: 73
Lisnagoorneen Lisnagoorneen Castletownroche Fermoy Castletownroche 130 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R714 052
OS Sheet: 26
Discovery map: 73
Meadstown Meadstown Farahy Mitchelstown Farahy 291 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R708 092
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 73
Ballymagooly Ballymagooly Rahan Mallow Rahan 255 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: W592 985
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 80
Garrettstown Garrettstown Templetrine Kinsale Laherne 206 Courceys Cork OSI Ref: W588446
OS Sheet: 124, 137
Discovery map: 87
Gortna House Garrynatineel Templeachally Nenagh Ballina 97 Owney and Arra Tipperary OSI Ref: R707 705
OS Sheet: 25
Discovery map: 58
Dromrahan Dromrahan Rahan Mallow Rahan 255 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: W622 993
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 80

Archival sources

  • Copy of confirmation of arms to descendants of Thomas Franks of Ballymagooly, Co Cork & his grandson John Franks of Ballyscaddane Castle, Co Limerick, eldest son of Sir John Franks, Judge of Supreme Court, Bengal, 29 Oct 1860. GO MS 108:332-333; National Library of Ireland
  • Franks of Ballyscaddan Papers, 1830-1890, collection held privately, inquiries to Archives Sector Development, National Archives, Kew. NRA catalogue Ref. NRA 31521; National Archives, UK
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Knocklong, barony of Coshlea, 1943. Limerick North East 25 ; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • William B. Fitt & Co, auctioneers, 46 O'Connell St., Limerick, inventories & valuations of Co Limerick properties, including Ballyscaddane, 1925. Ref. 1993.0164; Limerick City Museum
  • Collection of miscellaneous items from the British Records Association, includes probate of will of William Henry Franks, of Farrincantillon, Co Kerry & Drumonboy, Co Limerick, from Exeter District Registry, 1859. Small Accs Index 101, T.7317; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of map of lands belonging to the house of Old Castle (Macroom) Showing the contents of each field by itself in statute measure, by Edward Vaughan, Surveyor. 15 Sept 1768. Also copy of lease of Meadstown by Thomas Roche to William Roche. 20 May 1758; lease by William Roche to John Nettles 5 Mar 1767. 1758-1768. U066 ; Cork City and County Archives
  • Franks Estate Papers, Acc 2007/007; Cork City and County Archives
  • Deeds re the Co Cork estate of the Franks family. U631; Cork City and County Archives
  • Miscellaneous deeds & estate papers, Franks & Cuthbert families, 1681-1854. Accession No 1075, Ms 4,731 & PC 242; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association survey files, Parish of Ballinspittle; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources