Landed Estates
NUI Galway


John Crone of Doneraile, county Cork, an attorney, married Frances Fennell of Limerick in 1747 and their eldest son Robert Fennell Crone married Martha, daughter of James Norcott of Springfield, Buttevant, county Cork. They had five sons and five daughters. In 1793 Robert bought the townland of Byblox from Roger Langley and built Byblox House. He was succeeded by his son Major John Crone, who is recorded as making Byblox famous for extravagant parties and hunt balls. At the time of Griffith's Valuation John Crone held lands in the parishes of Effin and Kilquane, barony of Coshlea, county Limerick and in the parishes of Caherduggan and Doneraile, barony of Fermoy, county Cork. In the 1870s Robert Crone of Byblox owned 1,039 acres in county Cork and the representatives of John Crone, Byblox, owned 981 acres in county Limerick. The Crones sold their Byblox property in the early 20th century to Eustace Morrogh-Bernard and moved to Limerick.'svillage.htm The 188 acre estate of Nason Crone [son of Daniel Crone and Jane Nason] at Clonealy, parish of Clogher, barony of Kilnamanagh Lower, county Tipperary, held from Lord George Quin, was advertised for sale in October 1852.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Byblox Byblox Doneraile Mallow Doneraile 242 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R594 078
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • Doneraile Papers, Collection List 62; National Library of Ireland
  • Will of John Crone, Limerick City, 15 Sept 1798. 999/623/3; 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
  • Photocopies of documents relating to Crone family, county Cork 1730–1888. M. 7050 & T. 17647-9; National Archives of Ireland
  • Photograph album compiled by Constance Croker [descendant of Robert F. Crone] of Byblox, Doneraile during the years 1904-1908. SM611; Cork City and County Archives
  • Crone Papers. PR/3; Cork City and County Archives
  • Abstract of lease of lands of Curaghnandy, Co. Cork, on June 18, 1715, from Robt. Foulke of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, to John Crone with mention of members of Watkins, Evans and Giles of Youghal family, deed, June 18, 1715. GO Ms.144, p.30 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Crone, (Co Tipperary), 2 Oct 1852, Vol 18 (28) & 15 Feb 1855, Vol 33 (39), MRGS 39/008 & 39/015, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

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