A Scottish family who first settled in county Derry and later moved to county Limerick. William Harkness was a director of the Bank of Ireland and acquired an estate in county Limerick. In 1782 he married Mary Price and they had three sons. The Reverend Robert Harkness of Garryfine and Temple Athea, county Limerick, was a vicar in Somerset, England. All five of his sons were clergymen in the Church of England and this family appear to have been mainly non resident. Griffith's Valuation locates the Harkness county Limerick estate in the parishes of Ardagh and Rathronan, barony of Shanid and Bruree, barony of Connello Lower. In the 1870s William H. Harkness of Cragbeg, Clarina, owned 4,323 acres in county Limerick. In 1901 he married Lucy Emily Kiggell of Cahara, Glin, county Limerick.
- Extracts from volume entitled "Estate of Revd. Robert Harkness deceased; copy of probate of will of Robt. Harkness of Stowey House, of East Brent formerly of Stowey House, 1835, pr. 1839; abstract of his real & personal estate including lands in Co. Limerick Ireland" etc, 1839. T\PH\had/1; Somerset Archive and Record Service
Contemporary printed sources
- PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS. ''Return of owners of land of one acre and upwards, in the several counties .... in Ireland''. HC 1876, LXXX: 149
- HUSSEY DE BURGH, U. H. ''The Landowners of Ireland. An alphabetical list of the owners of estates of 500 acres or £500 valuation and upwards in Ireland''. Dublin: Hodges, Foster and Figgis, 1878. [available online at www.askaboutireland.ie] : 205