Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Stawell (Kilbrittain)

Burke's "Landed Gentry of Ireland" (1912) traces the lineage of this family back to the 12th century. A member of the Stawell family of Devon came to Ireland in the early 17th century and was father of Reverend Jonas Stawell, Archdeacon of Ross, county Cork, who died circa 1669. From his eldest son, Anthony, descend the Stawells of Kilbrittain and from his younger son, Jonas, the Stawells of Crobeg. In the 1870s the estate of Colonel William Stawell of Kilbrittain Castle amounted to over 11,000 acres in county Cork and 318 acres in county Limerick. He was among the principal lessors in the parishes of Kilbrittain, Rathclarin, Ringrone and Templetrine at the time of Griffith's Valuation while Reverend Francis Stawell was the lessor of townlands in the parishes of Kilmaloda, Kilnagross and Nohaval. Reverend Francis Stawell also held land in the parishes of Clonfert, barony of Duhallow, Shandrum, barony of Orrery and Kilmore, Mogeely, barony of Imokilly, and Dunbulloge, barony of Cork, county Cork and in the parish of Tuogh, barony of Owneybeg, county Limerick. In the 1870s the representatives of Reverend Francis Stawell, France, owned 698 acres in county Cork. In 1861 William Thomas Jonas Alcock Stawell inherited the Lisnagar estate from his relative, Reverend Ludlow Tonson, last Baron Riversdale and Bishop of Killaloe. He assumed the name of Riversdale in 1871. In 1900 he inherited Kilbrittain from his elder brother. He died childless in 1907.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Kilbrittain Castle Kilbrittain Kilbrittain Bandon Kilbrittain 11 East Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W531472
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 86
Kilbrittain Lodge or Ivy Lodge Kilbrittain Kilbrittain Bandon Kilbrittain 11 East Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W525469
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 86
Riverdale House Baltinakin Kilbrittain Bandon Kilbrittain 11 East Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W514480
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 86
Harbour View Garranafeen Rathclarin Bandon Kilbrittain 11 East Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W529439
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 86
Glanduff (Kilbrittain) Glanduff Rathclarin Bandon Kilbrittain 11 East Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W532466
OS Sheet: 124
Discovery map: 86
Garranereagh House Garranereagh Ringrone Kinsale Coolmain 205 East Carbery (East) Cork OSI Ref: W538457
OS Sheet: 124
Discovery map: 86
Park House Park South Doneraile Mallow Wallstown 246 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R639 082
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 73
Blackhorsefield Blackhorsefield Kinsale Kinsale Kinsale Rural 207 Kinsale Cork OSI Ref: W635507
OS Sheet: 112
Discovery map: 87
Kilbrack Kilbrack Doneraile Mallow Wallstown 246 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R615 072
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Ballyshara Skahanagh More Doneraile Mallow Skahanagh 244 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R634 104
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 73
Lisnagar Lisnagar Demesne Rathcormack Fermoy Rathcormack 150 Barrymore Cork OSI Ref: W797 915
OS Sheet: 44
Discovery map: 80
Wallstown Castle Wallstown Wallstown Mallow Wallstown 246 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R663 072
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • British Records Association Collection, papers re Stawell family, Kilbrittain, 1667-1891. Small Accs Index 1/615, D.12029-49, T.3882-9, Co 2476-85 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Wills of Stawell family of Kinsale, Kilbrittan, Coolemaine, Madam & Dublin, 1671-1768. Langrishe Collection, Small Accs Index 1/714, T.12765b No 13-20; National Archives of Ireland
  • W.B. Scott, solicitor's collection, contains many records re land transactions in Cos Clare, Limerick & Cork, 18th-19th centuries, including references to this family. Small Accs Index 76 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Lt. Col. William Thomas Jonas Alcock Stawell, second son of William St. Leger Alcock Stawell on his assuming under Royal Licence and in compliance with the will of the Right Rev. and Rt. Hon. Ludlow Tonson, Baron Riversdale, Bishop of Killaloe, the name and arms of Alcock Stawell Riversdale March 9, 1871. Genealogical Office: Ms. 109, pp. 221-2 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms being Stawell quartering Alcock to Capt. William St. Leger Alcock and his wife, Charlotte Harriet Esther Stawell, on assuming under Royal Licence and in conformity with the will of her father, Jonas Stawell, late of Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, the name and arms of Alcock Stawell Nov. 22, 1845. Ms.107, pp.326-7 ; National Library of Ireland
  • A collection of about 150 letters addressed to Col. W. St. Leger Aloock Stawell of Kilbrittain Castle, Co. Cork, relating to the affairs of the North Cork Militia from 1861-4. Ms. 9246 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to the descendants of William Alcock and those of his son, Thomas Alcock of Barwood House, Surrey and to his grandson, William St. Leger Alcock of Kilbritain House, Co. Cork Sept. 15, 1845 Genealogical Office: Ms.107, pp.324-5 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of royal licence to Capt. William St. Leger Alcock to assume the name Stawell in addition to and after the name Alcock and to quarter firstly Stawell Oct. 28, 1845 Genealogical Office: Ms.152, pp.14-15 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Doneraile Papers, Collection List 62, contain documents re the Stawell Riversdale family.; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of letter from Samuel Stawell, Kilbrittain, county Cork, to Eustace Stawell, Dublin, asking for arms for his tenants, 1792. M. 6954; National Archives of Ireland
  • British Records Association, private & estates papers for Alcock Stawell & Ponsonby families, Co Cork, 1629-1950. Acc No 1142; National Archives of Ireland
  • Wages Books of Kilbrittain Castle, near Bandon, county Cork. 1864-1867. U262; Cork City and County Archives
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parishes of Kilbrittain and Killavullen; Cork County Library

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