Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Crofts (Velvetstown)

''Burke's Irish Family Records'' traces this family's descent from William Crofts, a younger son of a Suffolk family, who settled in Ireland in the mid 17th century. In 1668 a younger brother of William's named Benjamin Crofts, Receiver for Cork, was granted an estate of 1,565 acres in East Carbery, county Cork with additional lands in county Westmeath. William's eldest son, Christopher Crofts, was established at Buttevant by the late 17th century and his descendants continue to live at Velvetstown. Christopher Crofts held land in the parishes of Buttevant and Imphrick, barony of Orrery and Kilmore, at the time of Griffith's Valuation and George Crofts held land in the parishes of Ballyhooly and Doneraile, barony of Fermoy. The estate of George Crofts amounting to over 2,600 acres was advertised for sale in March 1851. In the 1870s the estate of 'the late' Christopher Crofts of Velvetstown amounted to 1,421 acres in county Cork, while Richard Nason Crofts of Ballyhoura Lodge owned 745 acres and William H. Crofts of Dublin owned 842 acres in county Cork.

Associated Families

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Velvetstown Velvetstown Buttevant Mallow Buttevant 237 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R548 126
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Castle Wrixon Castlewrixon South Imphrick Kilmallock Springfort 188 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R545 162
OS Sheet: 8
Discovery map: 73
Concamore House Maulmore Templequinlan Clonakilty Templeomalus 63 Ibane & Barryroe Cork OSI Ref: W432393
OS Sheet: 135, 136
Discovery map: 89
Convamore Upper Conva Ballyhooly Fermoy Ballyhooly 127 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R719 009
OS Sheet: 26
Discovery map: 73
Streamhill Streamhill East Doneraile Mallow Streamhill 145 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R605 117
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Woodville Ballyhoura Imphrick Mallow Imprick 239 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R555 139
OS Sheet: 8
Discovery map: 73
Ballyhoura Lodge Ballyhoura Imphrick Mallow Imprick 239 Fermoy Cork OSI Ref: R554 138
OS Sheet: 8
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • Doneraile Papers, Collection List 62, see index; National Library of Ireland
  • Nine deeds relating to the family of Crofts of Velvetstown, Co. Cork, c. 1740 - 1810. D. 9947-9955 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Crofts, 20 Mar 1851, Vol 6 (16), MRGS 39/002, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Crofts, 31 July 1854, Vol 30 (20), MRGS 39/013, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of the Crofts family of county Cork (Leader Collection); Irish Genealogical Research Society Library
  • Copy of certificate of arms to Rosamund Patricia Nason Crofts, wife of Basil Crofts Greene of Donnybrook, Dublin, daughter and heir of Christopher Nason Crofts of Ballyhoura Lodge, Co. Cork, descended from the family of Crofts of Velvetstown, Buttevant, Co. Cork, Nov. 15, 1949. GO Ms.111g, fol.71 ; National Library of Ireland
  • S. Gordon & Son, solicitor's collection, include deed re land in barony of East Carbery, Benjamin Crofts of city of Cork to Hugh Harding, Feb 1668. Small Accs. Index 103, D.18,328; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association survey files, Parish of Buttevant.; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources