Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Anderson (Fermoy)

Hajba writes that John Anderson was a Scottish entrepreneur who came to Cork in 1780. He was a merchant and banker and was very involved in the building of the mail coach roads between Dublin and Cork. In the early 1790s he bought some of the Forward estate beside the Blackwater River and developed the town of Fermoy. Lewis writes that he also bought the manor of Buttevant from the Earl of Barrymore and that it was sold again by the Andersons in 1831 to Viscount Doneraile. John Anderson eventually became bankrupt and died in 1820. Sir Robert Abercromby purchased much of the Anderson interest in the town of Fermoy. In 1791 John Anderson had married Elizabeth Semple of Waterford as his second wife and they had two sons and a daughter. Their eldest son was Sir James Caleb Anderson of Buttevant Castle, a promoter of steam locomotion. He married Caroline Shaw in 1814 and had two sons and six daughters. Sir James died in 1861 and the baronetcy became extinct. One of his daughters married Charles Putland. The Andersons held land in the parishes of Aghacross and Fermoy at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In January 1852 the estate of Thomas Tangney, assignee of John William Anderson, a bankrupt, at West and East Grange and Boherboy, barony of Condons and Clangibbon was advertised for sale.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Buttevant Castle Castleland Buttevant Mallow Buttevant 237 Orrery and Kilmore Cork OSI Ref: R542 086
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 73
Ashfield House Castlehyde Fermoy Fermoy Castlehyde 129 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: W792 991
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 80
Grange Farm Grange West Fermoy Fermoy Fermoy Rural 140 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: W804 987
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 81
Fermoy House Carrignagroghera Fermoy Fermoy Fermoy Rural 140 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: W809 986
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 81
Aghacross Aghacross Aghacross Mitchelstown Derryvillane 290 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: R724113
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 74

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Anderson, 20 Jan 1852, Vol 10 (41), MRGS 39/004, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Sullivan, 3 Apr 1884, (Ahacross, held from Anderson), Vol 146 (35), & 16 July 1885, Vol 149 (31), MRGS 39/064 & 39/066, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Abstract of title of property of Lady Ellen Anderson in Fermoy, citing documents, 1818-91, including abstract of will of S. H. Adams, proved 1873. M. 5377 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to John Anderson of Fermoy, Co. Cork, later Baronet, Oct. 10, 1812. GO Ms. 106, p. 39 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Anderson, Barts., of Portland in Scotland and of Fermoy, Co. Cork, c. 1750 - 1812. GO Ms. 113, p. 263 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files, Parish of Fermoy; Cork County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources