Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Boles/Bowles (Cork)

In 1666 Richard Boles was granted 924 acres at Moyge in the barony of Orrery and Kilmore, county Cork. From Richard's brother, Captain Thomas Boles, descend the Boles of Ahern, county Cork. According to Burke's "Landed Gentry of Ireland" (1904) the spelling of the surname of this family changed from Boles to Bowles with George Boles of Mountprospect, born 1739. His military commission spelt his name Bowles and this spelling was retained by him and his family. In 1764 he married Dorothea Hunt of Friarstown, county Limerick, and they had three sons. The youngest son, Spotswood Bowles, settled at Ahern, Conna, county Cork. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Bowles estate was in the parishes of Aghera, Knockmourne and Mogeely, barony of Kinnatalloon and in a number of parishes in the barony of Imokilly. Bowles lands in the baronies of Imokilly, county Cork and Decies-within-Drum, county Waterford, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in October 1858. The interest of Robert Boles, continued in the name of Henry Walter Garde and others, in lands at Kilbree and Drumsarane, barony of Imokilly, was advertised for sale in July 1864. In May 1874 George Bowles estate at Mount Prospect was advertised for sale. It was held on a lease dated 1771 from Nicholas Lysaght to George Bowles. In the 1870s Spotswood's son, George Bowles of Aherne House, Tallow, owned 1,192 acres and his brother, Spotiswood Boles of Springfield, Castlemartyr, owned 540 acres in county Cork. Robert Boles was among the principal lessors in the parish of Kilmaloda, barony of East Carbery, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In the 1870s his representatives owned over 700 acres in county Cork.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Aghern/Ahern House Aghern West Aghern Fermoy Aghern 133 Kinnatalloon Cork OSI Ref: W895 930
OS Sheet: 45
Discovery map: 81
Mount Prospect Mount Prospect Mogeely Fermoy Curraglass 135 Kinnatalloon Cork OSI Ref: W973 925
OS Sheet: 46
Discovery map: 81
Moyge Moyge Liscarroll Mallow Liscarroll 240 Orrery & Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R472 154
OS Sheet: 7
Discovery map: 73
Cornaveigh Cornaveigh Ardagh Youghal Ardagh 334 Imokilly Cork OSI Ref: X052 808
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 81
Kilbree Kilbree Ballyoughtera Middleton Castlemartyr Imokilly Cork OSI Ref: W930 709
OS Sheet: 77
Discovery map: 81
Springfield Killeennamanagh Mogeely Middleton Mogeely 263 Imokilly Cork OSI Ref: W963 779
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 81
Castlerichard Castlerichard Ighterrmurragh Middleton Ightermurragh 262 Imokilly Cork OSI Ref: X011 737
OS Sheet: 77
Discovery map: 81

Archival sources

  • William D. Mockler, 59 South Mall, Cork, solicitor's collection re property in Cork Co & City, 1667-1920, includes reference to this family. Small Accs Index 87, T.3924-3998, Co 2559-2568, D.15326-15661, M.1444-1449; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Boles, 16 Feb 1854, Vol 26 (27), MRGS 39/011, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), John, Bowles, Hopkins, Davis, (Castlerichard & other lands), 29 Oct 1858, Vol 53 (29), MRGS 39/027, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Boles & Garde, 5 July 1864, Vol 73 (72), MRGS 39/036, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Detailed abstract of will of George Bowles of Mount Prospect, Co. Cork 1792. GO Ms.139, p.73 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Recovery suffered by Thomas Boles of the lands of Killbredy and Ballynalty, Co. Cork, in favour of Stawell Webb of Dublin, 12 Feb. 1771. Ms 4792; Trinity College Dublin
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), John, Bowles, Hopkins, Davis (Youghal premises), 8 Jan 1859, Vol 55 (1), MRGS 39/028, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Conna; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources