Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Beecher/Becher

Burke's ''Irish Family Records'' and Smith both indicate that the Beechers were originally a Kent family. Fane Becher was granted over 12,000 acres in county Cork during the reign of Elizabeth I. Henry Beecher was granted land in West Carbery in 1669 and is recorded as the purchaser of land from Lord Kingston and Sir William Petty. In 1778 Mary daughter of John Townshend Becher of Creagh and Annisgrove, county Cork, married William Wrixon of Cecilstown, county Cork. She succeeded to the estates of her brother Henry Becher of Creagh. Their eldest son William Wrixon of Ballygiblin assumed the name of Becher and was made a baronet in 1831. He married an actress, Miss O'Neill, and had a number of children. Griffith's Valuation records Sir William Wrixon Beecher holding an estate in the parishes of Castlemagner, Clonfert, Kilmeen, Knocktemple and Subulter, barony of Duhallow, county Cork. Sir Henry Becher, who succeeded his father in 1850, was among the principal lessors in the parishes of Castlehaven, Aghadown, Creagh and Tullagh in the barony of West Carbery, county Cork. Sir William Becher also held land in the parish of Kilvellane, barony of Owney and Arra, county Tipperary. The estate of Sir Henry Wrixon Becher of Ballygiblin amounted to 18,933 acres in county Cork and 358 acres in county Tipperary in the 1870s. Michael A Becher held townlands in the parish of Kilmeen, barony of East Carbery and in the 1870s Michael R. A. Becher of Ballyduvane, Clonakilty owned over 2,000 acres in county Cork. In 1854 lands and mining interests, the property of Edward Baldwin Becher, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court, and includes a report on the mines of Coolaghmore and Coolaghbeg. The Freeman's Journal provides details of the purchasers of lots sold at auction, though it indicates that some lots were sold by private contract. In the 1870s the Becher estate in Cork (a combination of the Wrixon and Becher estates) amounted to over 18,000 acres while he also held lands in Tipperary. The estate of the representatives of the late John Beecher amounted to over 1600 acres in the 1870s. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Edward and George Beecher were among the principal lessors in the parish of Kilcoe while Richard Beecher was the lessor of townlands in the parish of Skull. Eliza Beecher held several townlands in the parish of Kilgarriff, barony of Ibane & Barryroe, at the same time. In October 1851, 17,000 acres, the estate of Richard H. Hedges Beecher, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court. Lot 1 included the owner's house at Hollybrook. A sale of the remaining lots took place in February 1852 and included the house at Lakelands, leased to Richard O'Donovan Beecher. In April 1858, the house and demesne at Hollybrook were again offered for sale. The Freeman's Journal reports their purchase, in trust, by Robert Johnson. An extensive family history of both the Becher/Beecher and Wrixon families is given by Grove White and published in the ''Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society'' (1907) under Ballygiblin. The spelling Becher and Beecher are used almost interchangably thoughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Associated Families

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Abbey Cottage Abbeystrowry Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W100340
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 88
Lakelands Kilnaclasha Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Woodfort 311 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W138363
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 89
Hollybrook Maulbrack Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W123366
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 89
Carriganear Maulbrack Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbury (East) Cork OSI Ref: W115368
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 89
Glen Glen Middle Clear Island Skibbereen Cape Clear 314 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: V957213
OS Sheet: 153
Discovery map: 88
Creagh House Creagh Creagh Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W 075311
OS Sheet: 141, 150
Discovery map: 88
Oldcourt House Oldcourt Creagh Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W085318
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 89
Glenview Smorane Creagh Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W143350
OS Sheet: 142
Discovery map: 89
Castle Hyde Castlehyde East Litter Fermoy Castlehyde 129 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: W785 985
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 80
Lough Hyne Cottage (Becher) Barnabah Tullagh Skibbereen Tullagh 316 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W092288
OS Sheet: 143
Discovery map: 89
Aghadown House Aghadown Aghadown Skibbereen Aghadown South 313 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W049332
OS Sheet: 141
Discovery map: 88
Gortnascreeny House Gortnascreeny Caheragh Skibbereen Gortnascreeny 306 West Carbery (West) Cork OSI Ref: W069461
OS Sheet: 119
Discovery map: 85
Ballygiblin Ballygiblin Castlemagner Kanturk Roskeen 163 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: R456 034
OS Sheet: 24
Discovery map: 73
Assolas Assolas Castlemagner Kanturk Greenane 164 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: R427 028
OS Sheet: 23
Discovery map: 73
Ballyduvane House Ballyduvane Kilgarriff Clonakilty Kilkerranmore 47 Ibane & Barryroe Cork OSI Ref: W357404
OS Sheet: 135
Discovery map: 89
Ballyduvane Ballyduvane Kilgarriff Clonakilty Kilkerranmore 47 Ibane & Barryroe Cork OSI Ref: W358409
OS Sheet: 135
Discovery map: 89
Milane House Milane Fanlobbus Dunmanway Milane 126 East Carbery (West) Cork OSI Ref: W176506
OS Sheet: 107
Discovery map: 85
Rock Castle Knockroe Inishannon Bandon Knockroe 8 East Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W560542
OS Sheet: 111
Discovery map: 86
Killeena Creagh Creagh Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W070304
OS Sheet: 150
Discovery map: 88

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Becher, 5 May 1854, Vol 27, MRGS 39/0012, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Becher, (Lisballyhay & Ballyhoura), 4 July 1874, Vol 116 (20), MRGS 39/053, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • H.R. Moulton Collection, includes marriage settlement of Edward Beecher, Rock Castle, Co Cork & Mary Baldwin, daughter of William Baldwin of Castle Townsend, Co Cork, 16 Feb 1811. D.3698 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • "Photostat" copy of a grant of lands in the barony of West Carbury, Co. Cork, to Henry Beecher, (c. 1669). National Library of Ireland, D. 8789 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates Court Rentals (O'Brien, Becher [Beecher], 10 October 1851, Vol 11, MRGS 39/004, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates Court Rentals (O'Brien, Becher [Beecher], 20 February 1852, Vol 13, MRGS 39/006, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Beecher, 10 April 1858, Vol 51, MRGS 39/025, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Collection of Co Cork leases & other legal documents, principally relating to the Bernard family but also to members of the Gookin, Buckworth, Stammers, Sealy, Beecher, Hedges, Stepney, Champagne, Fitzgerald, Daunt, McCarthy, Sanders, Webb, Bouchier & Baldwin families, 1709-1829. IE BL/SC/CB/1-30 ; University College Cork, Boole Library Archives
  • Copy of royal licence to William Wrixon called William Wrixon Becher to bear the name and arms of Becher, Sept. 29, 1831. GO Ms.151, pp.189 & 199-201 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to William Wrixon Becher of Ballygiblen, Co. Cork on his assuming under Royal Licence the right to the name Becher instead of Wrixon, Nov. 24, 1831. GO Ms.107, pp.56-7 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Wrixon, later Wrixon Becher of Ballygiblin, Cecilstown and Creagh in Co. Cork, c.1700 - 1831. GO Ms.173, pp.148-9 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Detailed abstracts of wills of Becher of Dublin and of Aghadown and Shirkin in Co. Cork, 1705 - 1725. GO Ms.139, pp.87-8 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Detailed abstracts of wills of Jermyn of Rugsmore and Aghadown in Co. Cork and Becher of Aghadown, Co. Cork, 1782 - 1842. GO Ms.141, p.210 ; National Library of Ireland
  • "Photostat" copy of a grant of lands in the barony of West Carbury, Co. Cork, to Henry Beecher, (c. 1669). D.8789; National Library of Ireland
  • Rentals and accounts of the estate of Major General Sir Richard Bourke, in Cos. Limerick and Tipperary. Daniel Barrington and Malachy Hogan agents, 1831-1834, 1837-1838. Bourke Papers, Ms. 19,790-19,798 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association files, Parishes of Aughadown, Castlemagner, Skibbereen; Cork County Library

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Modern printed sources