Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The McTernans acquired the property at Heapstown, Kilmacallan parish, in the mid-nineteenth century. They were already in possession of property in the Arigna area of County Roscommon including mining interests at Mount Allen colliery there. They held over 2500 acres in county Leitrim as well as lands in counties Roscommon and Kilkenny. There is a tradition that the family moved to Heapstown after 1832 when five members of the family died, possibly of cholera, at Mount Allen. In 1867 64 acres, formerly owned by James McTernan, in the parish of Killerry, barony of Tirerrill, was offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court by the assignees of Laurence McTernan, a deceased insolvent. This property was held under a fee farm grant from the Ramsey estate. After 1909 an offer was accepted from the Congested Districts Board for the sale of over 2000 acres by Fowler & McTernan. See for more information.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Heapstown Heapstown Kilmacallen Sligo Lakeview 51 Tirerrill Sligo OSI Ref: G773164
OS Sheet: 34 (house not marked on 1st ed)
Discovery map: 25
Mount Allen House/Lough Allen Cottage Mountallen Kilronan Boyle Lough Allen 44 Boyle Roscommon OSI Ref: G948134
OS Sheet: 2
Discovery map: 26

Archival sources

  • Copy probate of will, including will & codicil, of James McTernan, Lyonstown, Co Roscommon & Heapstown, Co Sligo, 29 Nov 1856. Acc. No. 999/390/6; National Archives of Ireland
  • Longfield, Kelly & Armstrong, Solicitors' Collection includes deeds re the McTernans, 1860s. Small Accs. Index 47, 2C 47 125; National Archives of Ireland
  • Will of James McTernan, Lyonstown, Co Roscommon & Heapstown, Co Sligo, 1856. T.2213; National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), McTernan, 26 April 1867, Vol 84, MRGS 39/041, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources