Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne (Coolcour)

The Brownes were established at Coolcour/Coolcower, parish of Macroom, county Cork, from at least the early 18th century. Reverend Richard Browne of Coolcour bought some of the estate of the Earl of Clancarty in 1703. The will of Reverend Richard Browne of Coolcower is dated 1710 and that of his wife, Mary, in 1721. She mentions their five sons and two daughters. Their estate included Coolcour, Maglass, Dunderrick, Monehusker and Lackmaloe, all in the barony of Muskerry. Early in the 19th century John Browne married Mary Garde and they had two sons, William Garde Browne and John Garde Browne. At the time of Griffith's Valuation William G. Browne held land in the following parishes of the barony of West Muskerry, Inchigeelagh, Kilnamartery, Macloneigh and Macroom. In the 1870s W. Garde Browne of Coolcower House owned 1,699 acres. At the same time John Garde Browne of Passage, Cork owned an estate of 1,474 acres in the parish of Inchigeelagh. John G. Browne was a barrister and married Mary Frances, daughter of Major Croker of Lisfinny Castle, county Waterford, in January 1847.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Coolcour/Coolcower Coolcour Macroom Macroom Macloneigh 226 West Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W352 710
OS Sheet: 71
Discovery map: 79
Rockborough Rockborough Macroom Macroom Macloneigh 226 West Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W318 725
OS Sheet: 70
Discovery map: 79

Archival sources

  • Gibbs Papers, include copy marriage settlement Frances Browne, daughter of Richard Browne of Colcower, Co Cork, esq. & Rev. John Gibbs of Coolmone, Co Cork, conveying to trustees the lands of Ballynora, devised to John by his father Daniel Gibbs of Derry, County Cork, esq., 1779. 5386 M/F/1/1 ; Devon Record Office, Exeter
  • Pedigree of Browne family of county Cork (Leader Collection); Irish Genealogical Research Society Library
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey, Parish of Macroom; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources