Landed Estates
NUI Galway

St. Leger

A Norman family who first established connections with the Province of Munster in the mid 16th century, family members holding official positions in Munster from this time. Arthur St Leger of Doneraile was created Viscount Doneraile in 1703 and this title died out with the death of his son, Hayes, 4th Viscount, in 1767. The 4th Viscount's estates were inherited by his nephew, St Leger Aldworth of Newmarket, county Cork, who assumed the name of St Leger and was created Viscount Doneraile (2nd creation) in 1785. This title fell into abeyance in 1956. Sir William St Leger purchased much of the Doneraile estate from Sylvanus Spenser, son of the poet Edmund Spenser, in the early 17th century. The Buttevant estate, the other large property held by the family in county Cork, was acquired in the 1820s when Sir John Anderson went bankrupt. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Lord Doneraile was among the principal lessors in the parishes of Buttevant and Liscarrol, barony of Orrery and Kilmore, Kilnaglory, barony of East Muskerry, Caherduggan, Clenor, Doneraile and Templeroan, barony of Fermoy. In the 1870s the county Cork estate amounted to 8,374 acres and the county Waterford estate to 6,584 acres. The latter was principally in the barony of Middlethird, parishes of Drumcannon, Islandikane, Kilmeadan and Newcastle as well as the parish of Killea in the barony of Gaultiere. It came into the possession of the St. Legers through the marriage with Elizabeth Otterington, daughter of the original owner. Most of the estate was sold to the tenants under the various Land Acts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Demesne lands amounting to 360 acres were sold to the Land Commission in 1943 and the house in 1969. In 1906 B.E.B. Fitzpatrick, 2nd Baron Castletown, son-in-law of the 4th Viscount Doneraile (2nd creation), held some of the St Leger estate. A large collection of estate papers in the National Library document this estate in three centuries.

Associated Families

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Buttevant Castle Castleland Buttevant Mallow Buttevant 237 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R542 086
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Castle View Knockbarry Buttevant Mallow Buttevant 237 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R537 089
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Springfield Ballybeg East Buttevant Mallow Buttevant 237 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R548 079
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Doneraile Court Demesne Doneraile Mallow Doneraile 242 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R601 073
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Saffron Hill Cottage Croaghnacree Doneraile Mallow Doneraile 242 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R604 061
OS Sheet: 25
Discovery map: 73
Streamhill Streamhill East Doneraile Mallow Streamhill 145 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R605 117
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Newtown House (Tramore) Newtown Drumcannon Waterford Islandikane 75 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S569002
OS Sheet: 26
Discovery map: 76
Ballyduff Glebe Ballyduff East Kilmeadan Waterford Kilmeadan 70 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S514015
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 75
Cullenagh (KIlmeadan) Cullenagh Kilmeadan Waterford Kilmeadan 70 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S501104
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 75
Fairbrook House Cullenagh Kilmeadan Waterford Kilmeadan 70 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S502100
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 75
Knockaderry House Knockaderry Newcastle Waterford Newcastle 71 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S482071
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 75
Leckaun Leckaun Killea Waterford Killea 91 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S680021
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 76
Amberhill House Amberhill Kilmeadan Waterford Kilmeadan Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: 510090
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 82

Archival sources

  • Doneraile Papers, collection of estate & personal papers of St Leger family Viscounts Doneraile relating to estates in Cos Cork & Waterford, 1756-1950. Collection List 62; National Library of Ireland
  • Rent roll of the Rt Hon Lord Donneralle's estate at Ballyhooly, 1777. MS 10,933; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Sayers, 4 Nov 1859, Vol 57 (7), 18 Nov 1864, Vol 74 (57), 5 May 1865, Vol 76 (12), 24 nov 1865, Vol 79 (30), MRGS 39/028, 39/037 & 39/038, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Moore, 27 Feb 1863, Vol 67 (45), MRGS 39/034, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Account Books & Ledgers 1847-80. Acc 6317; National Library of Ireland
  • Doneraile Estate Papers, re the Doneraile, Buttevant, Tramore, Lisduff & Granston estates, include rentals, leagal papers, correspondence & accounts, c 1790-1920. U188 ; Cork City and County Archives
  • St. Leger Family: Tabular pedigree of the second or St. Leger branch of the Irish family of Aldworth of Newmarket (Co. Cork), showing all the descendants of St. Leger, 1st Viscount Doneraile in 1755. 19th c. Microfilm P 4550; National Library of Ireland
  • O’Connor & Dudley solicitor's collection includes deeds & documents re the Leighton interest in the lands of Ballygregan, barony of Barretts, Co Cork, re the marriage settlement of the Rev Francis K. Leighton & Catherine St Leger, 22 Feb 1843. Contains papers re St Leger family & Henry family from whom the St Legers held the lands of Ballygregan, 1831-1879. D.9009-9021; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Doneraile; Cork County Library

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Modern printed sources