Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Purcell (Rathmaher, Co Cork)

Denroche was a name associated with Cork city in the late 18th century. The Purcells of Rathmaher, parish of Castlemagner, barony of Duhallow, county Cork, were a junior branch of the Purcells of Burton Park, near Buttevant, county Cork. John Purcell of Rathmaher was the second son of Sir John Purcell of Highfort, county Cork and younger brother of the Reverend Mathew Purcell of Burton Park. Charles Denroche Purcell lived at Rathmaher in the first half of the 19th century. In May 1850 almost 800 acres of Charles D. Purcell's estate was advertised for sale including Rathmaher and Woodpark. In November 1851 the rental of the fee simple estate of Charles Denroche Purcell deceased, continued in the name of Richard Purcell, was advertised for sale. This estate was situated at Knockacreagh (173 acres), Dromcolliher, barony of Upper Connello, county Limerick and 9,676 acres in the baronies of Duhallow, Imokilly, Fermoy, Orrery and Kilmore and East Muskerry, county Cork. The Freeman's Journal reported details of the purchasers. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the representatives of Charles D. Purcell held an estate in the parishes of Clonfert, Drumtarriff, Ballyclogh, Knocktemple, Cullen, Drishane and Kilmeen while Charles Purcell is recorded as holding land in the parishes of Castlemagner and Kilshannig, all in the barony of Duhallow. Charles D. Purcell, no address given, owned 175 acres in the 1870s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Killavallig Killavallig Castlemagner Kanturk Greenane 164 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: R415 020
OS Sheet: 23
Discovery map: 73
Rathmaher Rathmaher Castlemagner Kanturk Greenane 164 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: R418 035
OS Sheet: 23
Discovery map: 73
Woodpark Woodpark Ballyclogh Mallow Ballyclogh 234 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: W479 979
OS Sheet: 32
Discovery map: 80
Glantanemore Glantanemore Cullen Millstreet Cullen 278 Duhallow Cork OSI Ref: W217 985
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 79

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Purcell, 25 Nov 1851, Vol 12 (14), MRGS 39/005, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Purcell, 31 May 1850, Vol 1 (38), MRGS 39/001, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Printed rental and survey of estates in Co. Cork, prepared in connection with a Chancery case, John Purcell v. Charles Denroche Purcell, 1847, with some associated ms. rentals and accounts. MS 10,604; National Library of Ireland
  • S. Gordon & Son, solicitor's collection, includes papers relating to the estates of the Pennefather family in Cos Tipperary, Wicklow, Kildare, Cork & Wexford, 18th & 19th centuries, divided into sections. Associated families Bunbury, Denroche, Dunscombe, Green & Mulcahy. Small Accs. Index 103, D. 17,597-17,736: T. 7150-7172, M.2090-2175 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Castlemagner; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources