Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Fitzgerald (Castle Ishen)

Burke indicates that this family assumed a baronetcy on the basis of their descent from the Fitzgeralds of Clenglish, who were granted a baronetcy in 1644. The dignity was not assumed after the death of the 1st Baronet until the succession of Sir Richard Fitzgerald as 6th Baronet in the mid 18th century. The Fitzgeralds were resident at Castle Lishen/Ishen, near Milford, county Cork, from the mid 17th century. The estate was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Ballinadee, barony of East Carbery, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The Fitzgeralds also held land in the parishes of Kilbolane and Tullylease, barony of Orrery and Kilmore and Killaspugmullane, barony of Barrymore. Sir Gerald Fitzgerald 10th Baronet owned 1,190 acres in county Cork and some land in county Tipperary in the 1870s while the representatives of his brother Sir James Fitzgerald 9th Baronet owned over 300 acres in county Cork. [A Lady Fitzgerald, England, is recorded as owning 2,054 acres in county Cork in the 1870s (see owners of 1 acre return 1876 and Hussey) and Lady A. H. Fitzgerald is recorded as owning 2,184 acres (see return of perpetual lease holders 1876). James 8th Baron Fitzgerald of Castle Ishen married Augusta Harriet Fremantle, sister of Lord Cottesloe, she died 1863. The widow of the 9th Baron became a Sister of Charity and died in 1875]. The baronetcy became extinct in 1894 following the death of the 10th Baron. In 1853 his sister Cecilia had married the Marquess Serlupi of Italy and the Castle Ishen estate was in her possession at the beginning of the 20th century.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castle Ishen Castlelishen Kilbolane Kanturk Milford 174 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R401 194
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 73
Trantstown Trantstown Killaspugmullane Cork Rivertstown 109 Barrymore Cork OSI Ref: W744 814
OS Sheet: 64
Discovery map: 80

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Fitzgerald of Cloyne and Castle Ishen, Barts., Co. Cork, c.1580 -- c.1805. Genealogical Office: Ms.112, p.26 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Fitzgerald, Barts., of Cloyne and Castle Ishin with copy of Patent of Baronetcy, c.1600 -- 1780. Genealogical Office: Ms.113, pp.230-49; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical Office report on the family of FitzGerald of Castle Ishen, Co. Cork, c.1550 -- c.1700. Genealogical Office: Ms.812(32) ; National Library of Ireland
  • Fremantle Manuscripts include correspondence relating to proposed sale of Marchesa Cecilia Serlupi's Irish estate c.1904. D-FR/158/3 ; Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes papers relating to the Co Cork estate of Cecilia Serlupi, Marchesa Rome, & the Land Acts, 1905-1909. Small Accs. Index 105, M.4096(1-29) & T.12,029; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Milford; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources