Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bruce (Milltown Castle)

A Scottish family who settled in the Bandon area of county Cork in the mid 17th century. Milltown Castle came into their possession through the 1752 marriage of George Bruce and Mary Evans niece of the 1st Lord Carbery. At the time of Griffith's Valuation members of the Bruce family held lands in the county Limerick parishes of St Nicholas, barony of Clanwilliam, Oola, barony of Coonagh and Effin, barony of Coshlea and in the county Cork parishes of Kilmeen and Kilbrin, barony of Duhallow and Shandrum, barony of Orrery and Kilmore. In May 1863 a farm and premises at Ballybane, barony of Duhallow, the estate of Lewis Charles Bruce continued in the name of Eyre Evans Bruce was advertised for sale. In the 1870s Jonathon Bruce of Miltown Castle owned 454 acres in county Limerick, 440 acres in county Cork and 25 acres in county Tipperary.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Milltown Castle Milltown Cooliney Kilmallock Milltown 187 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R500 198
OS Sheet: 7
Discovery map: 73
Prohust Prohust Kilbolane Kanturk Milford 174 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R426 188
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 73
Clonmoyle Clonmoyle East Aghabulloge Macroom Clonmoyle 214 East Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W472 757
OS Sheet: 61
Discovery map: 80
Springfort Garrynagranoge Rathgoggan Kilmallock Springfort 188 Orrery & Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R514 208
OS Sheet: 2
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Bruce, 1 May 1863, Vol 68 (1), MRGS 39/034, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds relating to the Bruce & Evans families & property in Cork city, 1765, 1791. IE BL/SC/CD/2-5; University College Cork, Boole Library Archives
  • Irish Tourist Association survey files, Parish of Ballyhea; Cork County Library

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Modern printed sources