In June 1853 the estate of John Watkins of the city of Dublin, an insolvent, was advertised for sale. This included the mansion house and demesne of Old Court and about 2,000 acres at Wallstown, Ballyellis, Ballyandrew and Lougheagle in the barony of Fermoy, county Cork. Most of this land was held on a lease dated 1724 from the Earl of Doneraile to John Watkins. Old Court was leased to John Stawell in 1813 by John Watkins and St Leger John Watkins. The Freeman's Journal gives details of the various purchasers.
- Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Watkins, 24 June 1853, Vol 21 (52), MRGS 39/010, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
Contemporary printed sources
- SMITH, Charles, M.D. ''The ancient and present state of the county and city of Cork. Containing a natural, civil, ecclesiastical, historical and topographical description thereof ''. First published 1750. This edition published Cork: John Connor, 1815: I, 335 ( Old Court - Mr Watkins)
Modern printed sources
- HAJBA, Anna-Maria. ''Historical Genealogical Architectural notes on some Houses of Cork. Volume I: North Cork''. Whitegate: Ballinakella Press, 2002: 290
- ''Freeman's Journal'': Incumbered Estates Court sale reports, 25 June 1853, p.4