Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Ormsby (Bird Hill & Brookdale)

The 621 acre estate of Thaddeus Callaghan at Lower Knockduff, parish of Clonfert, barony of Duhallow, county Cork, was advertised for sale in November 1851. The tenant was Mrs Margaret Ormsby of Bird Hill, county Tipperary, representative of Arthur Ormsby, the original lessee. Her heirs the Twiss family held property at Knockduff, county Cork in the early 20th century. Mrs Margaret Ormsby held an estate in the parish of Kilcomenty, barony of Owney and Arra, county Tipperary, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. She is recorded as the occupier of a house valued at £11+ in the townland of Birdhill. This house may have been situated in the village of Birdhill. She was the widow of Arthur Ormsby of Birdhill, county Tipperary. Arthur Ormsby was a son of Arthur Ormsby of Ballygreenan, county Limerick and Birdhill, county Limerick (died 1795) and his wife Elizabeth Green, heiress to her brother Henry Green. He was a member of a branch of the Ormsby family of Tobervaddy, county Roscommon and was closely connected to the Ormsbys of county Limerick. see http://www.birdhilltidytowns.ie/a_historic_ramble_through_birdhill.html

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Brookdale House Ballynona South Dungourney Middleton Middleton Rural 268 Barrymore Cork OSI Ref: W933 763
OS Sheet: 66
Discovery map: 81
Parteen Villa Birdhill Kilcomenty Nenagh Birdhill 92 Owney and Arra Tipperary OSI Ref: R682 679
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 58
Birdhill Birdhill Kilcomenty Nenagh Birdhill 92 Owney and Arra Tipperary OSI Ref: R701 678
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 58
Birdhill (Kyle) Birdhill Kilcomenty Nenagh Birdhill 92 Owney and Arra Tipperary OSI Ref: R693 666
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Callaghan, 3 Nov 1851, Vol 11 (38), MRGS 39/005 (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Certificate of the Court of Claims for lands in Co. Tipperary to Capt. Arthur Ormsby, June 15, 1666. Chancery Docs. no. 573 ; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources