Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Dawson/Massy-Dawson (Ballynacourte)

In 1666 John Dawson was granted an estate of over 2,900 acres in county Tipperary including the castle of Ballinecourte. In 1703 James Dawson of Ballynecourty, county Tipperary, purchased land in the baronies of Coonagh and Clanwilliam, county Limerick and Clanwilliam, county Tipperary, part of the confiscated estate of King James II. The 1st Baron Massy married as his first wife, Mary Dawson, daughter and heiress of James Dawson of Ballynacourty. Their second son, James (born 1736), assumed the additional surname of Dawson and his family succeeded to Ballynacourty. The estate of Reverend John Massy Dawson, grandson of James, is recorded as the immediate lessor of at least 20 townlands in the parish of Clonbeg, barony of Clanwilliam, at the time of Griffith's Valuation, though he himself died in 1850. His estate also held land in the parishes of Clonbullogue and Killardry, barony of Clanwilliam and Ballybacon, barony of Iffa and Offa West. In the 1870s his brother, George Staunton King Massy Dawson of Ballinacourty, owned 19,093 acres in county Tipperary.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballynacourty Ballynacourty Clonbeg Tipperary Clonbeg 147 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R857 294
OS Sheet: 73
Discovery map: 74
Woodville Mackanagh Lower Clonbeg Tipperary Clonbeg 147 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R876 291
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 74
Glenbrook Cottage Tooreen Clonbeg Tipperary Clonbeg 147 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R872287
OS Sheet: 73
Discovery map: 74
Cappagh (Clanwilliam) Cappauniac Clonbulloge Tipperary Killadriffe 148 Clanwilliam Tipperary OSI Ref: R985294
OS Sheet: 75
Discovery map:

Archival sources

  • Large collection of solicitors' records including documents re the Massy & Dawson families, 19th century. E.J.French solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 8 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Miscellaneous Massy-Dawson family correspondence,1810-1893. WRO 1915/41-42 ; Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office
  • Typescript copy will of George King Staunton Massy Dawson, Ballinacourte, Co. Tipperary, 14 Jan. 1893, with codicils. 999/186/1; National Archives of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes Massy Dawson Papers - wills, deeds from 1670, abstracts of title to various estates in Cos Limerick & Tipperary, legal papers, rentals, acccounts, stock book for Ballynacourte, wage accounts, family papers - all connected to administration of estate of George King Staunton Massy Dawson, a lunatic. Small Accs. Index 105, T.11,887-11,888, T.12,199-12,207, D.23,223-23,243, M.4461-4478; National Archives of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes fee farm grant of 270 acres in East Keile, barony of Clanwilliam, Michael Head of Derry to John Dawson of Ballynecourty, 3 Mar 1738. Small Accs. Index 105, D.21,038 ; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources