Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne (Moyvilly & Mounthazel)

The Moyvilly estate, near Oranmore, county Galway, was granted to the Brownes under the Acts of Settlement. It was formerly an estate belonging to the Ffrench family. Andrew Browne of Moyvilla is listed as a resident proprietor in county Galway in 1824. The Blakes of Kiltolla became indebted to the Brownes during the 18th century and in settlement sold their Mounthazel estate, near Mount Bellew, to the Brownes. The Brownes then moved their main residence from Moyvilly to Mounthazel. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, the Mounthazel estate comprised of eight townlands in the parish of Ballymacward, barony of Tiaquin and townlands in the parishes of Boyounagh, barony of Ballymoe and Dunmore, barony of Dunmore, county Galway, some of them purchased from the Cuff and Eyre families. The Brownes also held land in the parishes of Moygawnagh and Kilfian, barony of Tirawley, county Mayo, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In the 1870s Andrew Browne of Mounthazel owned 1,939 acres in county Galway and 2,953 acres in county Mayo while his first cousin Colonel Andrew Browne of Mount Bernard owned 1,644 acres in county Galway. The Mounthazel estate passed by marriage to the De Stacpoole family in 1883. In 1887 Virginia Maude, daughter of Lieutenant-General Andrew Browne, married Captain Hugh O'Connor Henchy of Stonebrook, county Kildare and they inherited Moyveela Castle.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Moyveela Lodge Moyveela Athenry Galway Stradbally 57 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M450248
OS Sheet: 95
Discovery map: 46
Mounthazel Mounthazel Ballymacward Mountbellew Mounthazel 156 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M644398
OS Sheet: 59
Discovery map: 46
Mountbernard Mountbernard Ballymacward Mountbellew Mounthazel 156 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M645376
OS Sheet: 59
Discovery map: 46
Esker Lodge Esker Ballymacward Mountbellew Annagh 143 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M681 404
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Estate records of Denis J. Kirwan and Sons, land agents, Tuam, mid 19th - mid 20th centuries, including account book of rents received O'Conor Henchy estate, 1909-1921. Acc. No. 5124; National Library of Ireland
  • Photos. 022/074 (Mount Hazel) & 022/064 (Mount Bernard); Irish Architectural Archive
  • O'Connor Henchy Papers, unsorted collection, 19th-20th centuries.; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources