Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Cormack/Cormick

A family originally from Munster who purchased land in the barony of Erris, county Mayo, in the early 17th century. One of their main strongholds was the castle at Inver. Some deeds in the Westport Papers document their activities in 17th century county Mayo, including their purchase of a large estate in the barony of Erris, from the Brownes in 1700. The Cormacks were also the head tenant of more than 30,000 acres in the barony of Tirawley which was mortgaged by the Brownes to Richard Thompson and included more than 28,000 acres known as the Commons of Crossmolina. By the 18th century the Cormacks were residing at Castlehill and Mullinmore in the parish of Crossmolina, barony of Tirawley. Captain Michael Cormick is listed as an absentee proprietor for the barony of Burrishoole in the Statistical Survey of 1802. Major Michael Cormack of Castlehill died in 1835 and his property passed to his two sisters, who were married to Edmond Coyne of Farmhill, county Roscommon, and John Walsh of Hume St, Dublin. Walsh had Castlehill and added the name Cormack to his surname.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castlehill Castlehill Addergoole Ballina Crossmolina South 17 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G139116
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 23
Mullenmore Mulenmore South Crossmolina Ballina Crossmolina South 17 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G142162
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 23

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Michael Cormick appellant v Francis Plaistow Trapaud and John Musgrave re estate of Richard Cormick formerly of Mullinmore, co Mayo, Jun 1816. House of Lords Appeals Vol 4a; King's Inn Library

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