Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Ferguson (Smithfield)

The Fergusons of Rathkeale, county Limerick, descend from David Ferguson and his wife Margaret O'Conner. Their eldest son John (born 1797), a solicitor, married Mary Leake and it was their son David Ferguson of Smithfield, Croagh, county Limerick, who in the 1870s owned 778 acres in the county. David Ferguson was also a solicitor. He married Susan daughter of Julius Delmege of Rathkeale and had a son and two daughters. David's uncle Robert Ferguson bought over a thousand acres (Rathkeale Abbey, Knockanavad and Garryduff) of the estate of Anna and [her daughter] Alice Leake (an infant) for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in 1853. Robert Ferguson was the guardian of Alice. In the 1870s Robert Ferguson owned 1,435 acres in county Limerick. see and


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rathkeale Abbey Abbeylands Rathkeale Rathkeale Rathkeale Urban 131 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R372 416
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 64
Garryduff Garryduff Monagay Newcastle Garryduff 114 Glenquin Limerick OSI Ref: R230 318
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 64
Smithfield Croagh Croagh Rathkeale Croagh 134 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R419 439
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • W.B. Scott, solicitor's collection, contains many records re land transactions in Cos Clare, Limerick & Cork, 18th-19th centuries, including marriage settlement of Robert Ferguson, merchant of Limerick, son of David & Agnes Enright daughter of Matthew deceased, 1801. Small Accs Index 76, D.10,182 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Fred Sutton, solicitor's collection, includes leases of Ashgrove, parish of Ardagh, barony of Glenquin, Stephen D. Brazil to Robert Ferguson, 17 Dec 1855. Small Accs. Index 1/698, D.12,792-12,793; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources