Landed Estates
NUI Galway

de Courcy (Baron Kingsale)

Lord Kingsale's estate was among the principal lessors in the parish of Ringrone, baronies of Courceys and Kinsale, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The family are said to descend from a John de Courcy who came to Ireland in the 1170s. In the later 19th century, their principal residence was at Saltash in Cornwall though Bateman records Adelaide, Lady Kingsale, as resident at Lea Castle, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, in the 1880s. In 1868, over 1000 acres in the barony of Courceys, held by the Gibbons family from the Kingsale estate, were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court. In the 1940s, the Irish Tourist Association Survey refers to a manor house, formerly the residence of the Lords Kingsale, which had stood near the Old Head of Kinsale but the ruins of which had almost disappeared in the nineteenth century.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Edgecliff House Ballymackean Ringrone Kinsale Ballymackean 204 Courceys Cork OSI Ref: W619433
OS Sheet: 124, 137
Discovery map: 87
Ballinspittle House Ballymacredmond Ringrone Kinsale Balymackean Courceys Cork OSI Ref: W590465
OS Sheet: 124
Discovery map: 87

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Gibbons & others, 11 July 1868, Vol 90, MRGS 39/044, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Courcy, Lords "Kinsale", 1384 c.1630. Genealogical Office: Ms.164, p.24 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Papers relating to the claim of John De Courcy to the baronies of Kingsale and of Courcy of Ringrone, in 1760. Add. Ms. 23,692 Microfilm copy at NLI, n.529, p.531; British Museum, London
  • Correspondence as to the petition of William Almericus de Courcy for precedence as for younger son of a baron, 1836. Genealogical Office: Ms. 151, pp. 308-9 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of De Courcy, Barons Kingsale and Ringrone, de Courcy of Killnecloane, of Bandon and of Rhode Island, United States of America with de Courcy of Ballinaboy House, Co. Galway and Alderbourne Manor, Buckinghamshire, England c.980 1950. Genealogical Office: Ms.182a, pp.26-43 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Garter's comment on the claim to precedence as for children of a Baron by William Almeric de Courcy and Catherine, wife of Francis Bernard Beamish, 1836. Genealogical Office: Ms.151, pp.447 & 451-2 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Correspondence and papers relating to claim of John de Courcey to the Barony of Kingsale; including correspondence of James Meade, Thomas O'Leary, Dominick Sarsfield; c. 1759. Sarsfield Papers (Associated Families), Ms. 17,909 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Agreement between Lord Kinsale and the Earl of Grandison re lands in England and woods at Ballycateen, near Kinsale; Nov. 6, 1754. Sarsfield Papers (Associated Families), D. 26,116 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association survey files, Parish of Ballinspittle; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources