Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne (Riverstown)

This family of Brownes, originally from Essex, settled in the city of Cork in the mid 17th century. In 1699 Edward Browne married Judith daughter and heiress of Warham Jemmett and was Mayor of Cork in 1714. He purchased Riverstown which became the family seat. His eldest son the Reverend Jemmett Browne became Archbishop of Tuam in 1775. Members of succeeding generations were also clergymen. In 1784 the Reverend Jemmett Browne of Riverstown married Frances Blennerhassett. In Griffith's Valuation the estate of Jemmett Browne, who died in 1850, and his brother the Reverend John Browne is recorded in the parishes of Inchigeelagh and Kilnamartery, barony of West Muskerry and Templeusque, barony of Barrymore. In the 1870s the Reverend John Browne of England owned 4,919 acres in county Cork. His agent was James Russell of Glanmire, Cork. In 1927 Wiston John Jemmett Browne inherited the Leighton Hall estate, near Telford, Shropshire, from his cousin Thomas F. Kynnersley and changed his name to Kynnersley-Browne. see

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Riverstown Riverstown Templeusque Cork Riverstown 109 Barrymore Cork OSI Ref: W733 754
OS Sheet: 64
Discovery map: 80

Archival sources

  • Leighton Hall Collection, includes papers of the Browne family of Riverstown, Co. Cork, comprising legal papers and letters on estate and other matters (e.g. the famine) to Emmett Browne and the Rev. John Browne from their solicitors and agents in Ireland, R. C. and J. Hurly, Messrs. Exam and Kit, M. West, J. Russell and Major Broadly. Also some leases and other estate papers of the Blennerhassetts of Ballyseedy, Co. Kerry, 19th century. Deposits 823 & 1846; Shropshire Archives
  • Map of the lands of Lisboy More, the estate of Rev. John Brown, in the barony of West Muskerry, Co. Cork. Executed by F. A. Klein. Folio sheet, coloured, and with names of tenants, (c. 1860). 15 B. 22 (28) ; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Riordan & Sexton, (part of Riverstown), 4 Oct 1862, Vol 66 (52), MRGS 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Browne, family of: Pedigrees, family history heraldic notes etc., relating to the Browne family of Riverstown, Co. Cork. Microfilm P6924; National Library of Ireland
  • Small bound collections of letters mainly between the Jemmett Browne Bishop of Cork and Sir Richard Cox of Dunmanway, 1738-49. Ms. 12. W. 35: (Arthur Cox Ms.) ; Royal Irish Academy Library

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Modern printed sources