Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Greene (Old Abbey)

The Greenes were settled at Old Abbey, county Limerick, from the early 17th century when they obtained a lease of the property from Sir Charles Coote. 'Burke's Irish Family Records' traces their descent from Captain Godfrey Greene, a '49 officer', who had 2 sons John of Old Abbey and Godfrey of Moorestown, county Tipperary. John Greene, grandson of John of Old Abbey, married Catherine Toler, sister of the 1st Earl of Norbury and they had an only daughter Letitia who in 1776 married Robert Dillon 1st Baron Clonbrock. The Clonbrock Papers show that John Greene also lived at Lettyville, county Tipperary. The Taylor and Skinner map indicates that Ballyrickard House may be the house known as Lettyville in the 18th century. The county Limerick estate of the Greenes was mainly located in the barony of Shanid. M. J. Dore writes that John Greene was succeeded at Old Abbey by his first cousin George Hodges of Shanagolden, county Limerick. The Clonbrock Papers in the National Library of Ireland contain 18th century records relating to the Old Abbey estate of the Greenes, including the will of John Greene of Old Abbey 1741.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Old Abbey Oldabbey Robertstown Rathkeale Shanid 143 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R279 473
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 64
Ballyrickard House Ballyrickard North Ardcrony Borrisokane Mertonhall 15 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R920 905
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Clonbrock Estate Papers, Collection List 54; National Library of Ireland
  • Greene Manuscripts, transcripts of genealogical extracts in the National Library of Ireland including copy wills, re the Greene families of Cos Limerick (Old Abbey, Scart), Co Waterford (Janeville), Co Tipperary (Moorestown), Co Kilkenny, 17th-19th centuries. Small Accs Index 24, T.9726-9747, M.5139; National Archives of Ireland
  • Akinson/Trench of Cangort Papers, include items re Greene of Lettyville, Co Tipperary. 99/56/10; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources