Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Kearney (Kinsale)

The Kearney family were established at Garrettstown, near Kinsale, county Cork, by the end of the 17th century. In the 18th century heads of the family married members of the Roche family of Trabolgan, Sarsfield family of Sarsfield Court and the Roche family of Dunderrow. In 1812, following the death without heirs of James Kearney, the estate passed to his first cousin, Thomas Rochfort of Cork. Rochfort married Anne, daughter of John Cuthbert of Cork, and left his estate to his brother- in-law,Thomas Cuthbert, provided he took the additional surname of Kearney, which he did in 1832. Thomas Cuthbert Kearney had married Jane Franks in 1791 and they had two sons, John and Thomas. The representatives of John Cuthbert Kearney were among the principal lessors in the parishes of Ringrone, barony of Kinsale, Dunderrow, barony of Kinalea and Templetrine, barony of Courceys, Corbally, Inishkenny and Kilnaglory, barony of East Muskerry, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. At the same time Thomas C. Carney [Cuthbert Kearney] held an estate in the parish of Ardmayle, barony of Middlethird, county Tipperary, comprised of at least five townlands. By 1867, this Tipperary estate, then in the possession of Thomas, John and Arthur Cuthbert, minors, and their guardians, Abram Thomas Forster, Thomas Franks and Agnes Horsey, was advertised for sale. In January 1877, lands owned by Hugh Green in the barony of Kinalea, county Cork were sold in the Landed Estates Court. They included townlands which were in Kearney occupation at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The Irish Times reported that they were purchased by Bergin Franklin. In 1883 Bateman reported that Thomas Cuthbert Kearney owned an estate of over 7300 acres in counties Cork and Kerry.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Doon (Kinsale) Dunderrow Dunderrow Kinsale Kinsale Rural 207 Kinsale Cork OSI Ref: W591520
OS Sheet: 111
Discovery map: 87
Brownsmills Brownsmills Ringcurran Kinsale Kinsale Rural 207 Kinsale Cork OSI Ref: W642522
OS Sheet: 112
Discovery map: 87
Dunderrow House Horse Hill More North Dunderrow Kinsale Leighmoney 197 Kinalea Cork OSI Ref: W595531
OS Sheet: 111
Discovery map: 87
Leighmoney House Leighmoney Dunderrow Kinsale Leighmoney 197 Kinalea Cork OSI Ref: W579524
OS Sheet: 111
Discovery map: 87
Coolyrahilly House Coolyrahilly Ringrone Kinsale Ballinspittle 203 Courceys Cork OSI Ref: W610475
OS Sheet: 124
Discovery map: 87
Garrettstown Garrettstown Templetrine Kinsale Laherne 206 Courceys Cork OSI Ref: W588446
OS Sheet: 124, 137
Discovery map: 87
Kilmore House & Garrettstown Mills (Ballinspittle) Kilmore Templetrine Kinsale Laherne 206 Courceys Cork OSI Ref: W589455
OS Sheet: 124
Discovery map: 87
Roughwood Ballyhander Ringrone Kinsale Ballinspittle 203 Courceys Cork OSI Ref: W591490
OS Sheet: 124
Discovery map: 87

Archival sources

  • Five documents relating to the Kearney estate near Kinsale, 1710-41. Twelve maps of various plots in the vicinity of Kinsale, mainly the estate of Francis Kearney. Four of the maps are by George Miller, 1711-1757. n.5202, p.5306 [Microfilm copy of documents held in Cork County Library]; National Library of Ireland
  • Maps, including traces from the Down Survey, of the estates of Francis Kearney and others in the Co. Cork with relative manuscript documents. By Frith, John Carty, George Miller and other surveyors, Fifty eight maps, 1665-1856. Manuscript maps: 21 F. 73 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates Court Rentals (O'Brien), Sullivan, 6 January 1851, Vol 4, MRGS 39/002, (microfilm copy in NUIG) Doon House; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of will of James Kearny, Garrettstown, Co. Cork; Sept. 8, 1731. Sarsfield Papers (Associated Families), D. 26,101 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Marriage settlement of Francis Kearny of Garrettstown, Co. Cork and Mary Roche of Cork City, May 15, 1729; associated agreement re trusteeship, Sept. 30, 1741. Sarsfield Papers (Associated Families), D. 26,094-5; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Bullen, 1 August 1855, Vol 36, MRGS 39/017, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Thirteen maps on vellum of the estate of Francis Kearney in the Kinsale district and elsewhere, made by J. Carty, 1740 - 1742. MS 9730; National Library of Ireland
  • Twelve maps of various plots in the vicinity of Kinsale, mainly the estate of Francis Kearney. Four of the maps are by George Miller, 1711-1757. Also Five documents relating to the Kearney estate near Kinsale, 1710-41.; Cork County Library
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Cuthbert, 25 June 1867, Vol 86 (11), MRGS 39/042, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association survey files, Parish of Ballinspittle; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources