Landed Estates
NUI Galway


Thomas Christmas was granted land in county Waterford in 1666. His descendants lived at Whitfield Court until the late 19th century. Sadlier, referring to the 1770s notes William Christmas "of Whitfield". At the time of the first Ordnance Survey William Christmas of county Waterford was recorded as the proprietor of six townlands in the parish of Crecora, barony of Pubblebrien, county Limerick. Most of his land was leased to George Tuthill of Faha and George Tomkins. At the time of Griffith's Valuation W. Christmas held land in the parishes of Kiltegan and Newchapel, barony of Iffa and Offa East, county Tipperary and in the parishes of Killoteran, Kilmeadan, Lisnakill and Reisk, barony of Middlethird, county Waterford. In May 1862 William Christmas's estates, 4,000+ acres, in the counties of Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford and Limerick were advertised for sale. George Tomkins was the tenant of the 1,043 acres in county Limerick and Henry Cole Bowen, Henry O'Shea and John Riall of the 712 acres in the barony of Iffa and Offa estate in county Tipperary. Mrs Octavia Christmas of Cheltenham owned 4,025 acres in county Waterford in the 1870s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Wood House (Woodville) Adamstown Kilmeadan Waterford Reisk 73 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S519096
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 75
Whitfield Court Dooneen Kilmeadan Waterford Reisk 73 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S532086
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 75

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Christmas, 6 May 1862, Vol 65 (4), MRGS 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Will of Thomas Christmas, merchant, & associated papers, 1704-1749. Langrishe Collection, Small Accs Index 1/714. No 35 p.80 & No 39 p.92. T.12765b; National Archives of Ireland
  • Charles J. Wilson collection, includes deeds, maps, testamentary & miscellaneous documents relating to lands in Cos Limerick, Clare & Tipperary & the families of Wilson, Miles, Prior & Christmas, 18th-19th centuries. Small Accessions Index 15 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitor's collection, includes papers relating to the property of Robert Christmas in Clonmel and elsewhere in Co. Tipperary, including rent rolls of Clonmel property, 1804, 1818, n.d. Small Accs. Index 105, M. 3716: T. 11,681-3, D.20,903; National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers of Very Rev. P. Canon Phelan, P. P., Sieverue, Co. Waterford, consisting mainly of correspondence on behalf of tenants of estates of W. O. Christmas in Cos. Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford and A. W. Power in Co. Kilkenny, c.1900-1915. Ms. 18,158 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Detailed abstracts of wills of Christmas of Whitfield in Co. Waterford, of Waterford City and Dublin City, 1702 - 1768. Genealogical Office: Ms. 139, pp. 173-4 & 188 ; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources