Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bowen/Bowen Colthurst (Oak Grove)

A junior branch of the Bowen family of Kilbolane, county Cork and later of Bowen's Court, John Bowen second son of John Bowen of Kilbolane married Elizabeth Coote in 1724. Their son John Bowen of Carrigadrohid Castle and Oak Grove married firstly Katherine daughter of Bindon Scott of Cahircon, county Clare and secondly Anne White of Bridepark, county Cork in 1797. At the time of Griffith's Valuation John Bowen held an estate in the parish of Aghinagh, barony of East Muskerry, county Cork. 4600 acres of John Bowen's estate in the baronies of East and West Carbery and Kinelmeaky were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in October 1854. Later, in June 1855, the demesne and house at Roundhill were offered for sale in the Court. Robert Walter Travers Bowen of Oak Grove and Dripsey Castle was a grandson of the second marriage. He inherited Oak Grove in 1873, married his cousin Georgina Greer of Dripsey Castle in 1878 and assumed the additional name of Colthurst in 1882. In the 1870s Robert Francis Bowen of Oak Grove owned 1,420 acres in county Cork.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Oak Grove Coolnagearagh Aghinagh Macroom Aghinagh 224 East Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W421 733
OS Sheet: 71
Discovery map: 79
Roundhill Roundhill Ballymodan Bandon Ballymodan 1 Kinalmeaky Cork OSI Ref: W479536
OS Sheet:
Discovery map:
Hanover Hall Coolaniddane Clondrohid Macroom Rahalisk 228 West Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W357 758
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 79

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Bowen, 19 October 1854, Vol 30, MRGS 39/013, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Bowen, 4 June 1855, Vol 35, MRGS 39/016, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers of the Alexander, Greer, and Lowry families, Co. Tyrone, include rental and brochure for the sale of the Oakgrove estate, Killinardrish, Co. Cork, [seat of the Bowen-Colthurst family] 1919 & letters to Thomas McGregor Greer, 1920-1921. D4121/A/8 & D4121/C/1/3; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Pedigree of Bowen family of county Cork (Leader Collection); Irish Genealogical Research Society Library
  • Copy of grant of arms to Robert Walter Travers Bowen of Oak Grove, Co. Cork and Georgina de Bellasis Greer, his wife, on their assuming under Royal Licence and in compliance with the will of Joseph Colthurst of Dripsey Castle, Co. Cork, the name and arms of Bowen Colthurst Feb. 8, 1883. GO Ms. 110, pp. 37-8 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association files, Parish of Aghinagh; Cork County Library

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Modern printed sources