Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blakeney (Mount Blakeney)

''Burke's Irish Family Records'' states that this family claim descent from the Blakeneys of Norfolk. William Blakeney was granted lands at Thomastown, parish of Kilbreedy Minor, barony of Coshma, county Limerick by patent of Charles II in 1666/7. His son William Blakeney of Mount Blakeney and Thomastown married Elizabeth Bowerman of Cooliney, county Cork and their eldest son was created 1st [and only] Baron Blakeney in 1756. The Baron's younger brother Robert Blakeney married Deborah daughter of Grice Smyth of Ballynatray, county Waterford in 1729. Although Robert had a number of sons it was the descendants of his daughter Gertrude who succeeded to the Mount Blakeney estate. In 1752 she married her cousin Colonel Robert Blakeney of Abbert, county Galway and their daughter married Thomas Lyon of Watercastle, Queen's County (Laois). Gertrude Blakeney Lyon married Robert Uniacke Fitzgerald of Corkbeg, county Cork and at the time of Griffith's Valuation she is recorded as the immediate lessor of Mount Blakeney (562 acres) and Thomastown (952 acres). Robert and Gertrude Fitzgerald did not have children and the property passed to a niece of Robert U. Fitzgerald's, Anne Stewart and her husband Thomas Stewart who took the additional names of Blakeney and Lyon.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Mount Blakeney Mountblakeney Kilbreedy Minor Kilmallock Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R635255
OS Sheet: 47
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • Stewart of Tyrcallen Papers: Letters and papers about the estates of Mrs Gertrude FitzGerald, née Lyon (Watercastle, Queen's County, and Mount Blakeney, Co. Limerick) 1764-1882. D3319/5; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland

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