Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Armstrong (Chaffpool & Moyaliff)

These Armstrongs are a junior branch of the Armstrong family of Mount Heaton, county Offaly and descend from Reverend William Carew Armstrong of Moyaliff, county Tipperary, Chancellor of Cashel. In 1789 he married Katherine, daughter of the Most Reverend William, 1st Lord Decies and Archbishop of Tuam. The estate at Chaffpool came into the possession of the Armstrong family in 1818 when their son, John Armstrong of Moyaliffe, county Tipperary, married Catherine, daughter and heiress of Thomas Somers of Chaffpool. The Pennefather sale rental of November 1851 gives details of the perpetual lease of Moyaliffe held by the Armstrongs from the Pennefathers. John and Catherine had seven sons all of whom had died without heirs by 1900. The estates reverted to the descendants of another son of the Chancellor and his wife. In 1876 the Armstrongs owned over 4000 acres in county Sligo. In 1906 the representatives of Edward Armstrong are recorded as the occupiers of property at Chaffpool including a mansion house. Captain Marcus Beresford Armstrong owned almost 1000 acres in Mullinabreena and Achonry, barony of Leyny. In July 1906 over 4000 acres of the Armstrong estate in county Sligo was vested in the Congested Districts Board. The Armstrong family vault is in Achonry cemetery. The Armstrongs also owned land in the parishes of Kilbride and Lackan, barony of Tirawley, county Mayo and in the parish of Tuoghcluggin, barony of Coonagh, county Limerick. In the mid 19th century the Armstrong's county Tipperary estate was centred in the parish of Upperchurch, barony of Kilnamanagh Upper but also contained land in the parishes of Moyaliff and Templebeg. In 1876 Henry Armstrong of Chaffpool owned 2222 acres in county Mayo. At the same time Edward Marcus Armstrong of Moyaliff owned 6,006 acres and his mother, Mrs Rose M. Armstrong of Southall, London, owned 1,264 acres in county Tipperary while his cousin, William Armstrong of Ballydavid, Waterford, owned 52 acres in county Waterford, 2,260 acres in county Tipperary and 413 acres in county Limerick. Another family member, Reverend Alfred Armstrong, owned 1,057 acres in county Tipperary. In the early 20th century Marcus Beresford Armstrong was in possession of Moyaliff and Chaffpool. Property owned by George Armstrong at Monroe, county Tipperary, was sold in the Landed Estates Court in July 1876. The purchaser was the tenant, James Long.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Chaffpool Chaffpool Achonry Tobercurry Leitrim 82 Leyny Sligo OSI Ref: G 569113
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 25
Achonry House Achonry Achonry Tobercurry Leitrim Leyny Sligo OSI Ref: G583126
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 25
Moyaliff Moyaliff Moyaliff Thurles Moyaliff 129 Kilnamanagh Upper Tipperary OSI Ref: S043 556
OS Sheet: 46
Discovery map: 66

Archival sources

  • Armstrong of Moyaliffe Papers, William George Armstrong papers 1840-1917, Ms 27,660-27,665 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rentals of Armstrong estate, 1883-1895. Robinson Collection. ; Sligo County Library
  • S.Gordon & Son, solicitors' collection, deeds, wills and other papers relating to estates in Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Tipperary, Limerick, Offaly & Kilkenny of Armstrong family. Small Accs. Index 103, D.16, 576-16,943, M. 1936-2037, T.7038-7059, 7075. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Lissadell Papers, contain estate rental of Armstrong of Co Mayo. D/4131; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Map of estate of Capt. Armstrong, 1906-7. 15 A 17.; National Library of Ireland
  • Transcript of Family papers of Fogarty of Castle Fogarty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary also Garran Roe, and of the family of Armstrong of Mealiffe, in Co. Tipperary, 1665 - 1796. Genealogical Office: Ms.171, pp.196-222; National Library of Ireland
  • Release by Robert White, to Thomas Armstrong of Moyallife, Co. Tipperary of lands in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Feb. 6, 1723 (1724). D. 18,661 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Deeds, maps and other documents relating to the property of the Wall family and the related family of Armstrong, mainly in Holycross and Ballycahill, Co. Tipperary, 1677-1876. D.23, 375-409; 23, 426-567; M. 5256-64 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Pennefather, 18 Nov 1851, Vol 11 (64), MRGS 39/005, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Armstrong of Moyaliff, Estate & Family Papers, 18th-20th centuries. P6; University of Limerick: Special Collections and Information Services, Glucksman Library

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