Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Crichton (Erne)

The Earls of Erne owned property in several western counties including Sligo and Mayo. This was acquired in the 18th century through inheritence from the Smith family. The Cloverhill estate, county Sligo, was occupied for much of the 19th century by the Chambers family. The Earl of Erne's estate also owned land in the parish of Drumrat, barony of Corran, county Sligo. The Earl's Mayo property was in the parishes of Aglish and Breaghwy, barony of Carra, and Ballinchalla, barony of Kilmaine. He employed various agents including Ormsby Elwood, James Ruttledge and Charles Boycott. It was on his property at Lough Mask in the parish of Ballinchalla that the first "boycotting" incident took place in 1880. The county Mayo estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 29 January1914.The Earls of Erne had an estate of over 30,000 in county Fermanagh and their residence was Crom Castle, near Newtownbutler.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Cloverhill Knocknashammer or Cloverhill Kilmacowen Sligo Kilmacowen 59 Carbury Sligo OSI Ref: G671328
OS Sheet: 14
Discovery map: 25
Breeogue Breeoge Kilmacowen Sligo Kilmacowen 59 Carbury Sligo OSI Ref: G646320
OS Sheet: 14
Discovery map: 25
Lough Mask House Knocknamucklagh Ballinchalla Ballinrobe Neale 25 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M143 603
OS Sheet: 117
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Erne Archive, includes title deeds, leases, correspondence and rentals re estate in Cos Mayo and Sligo. D/1939; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Map of lands at Culleenduff.Culleenamore, proprerty of Lord Erne. 19th century. ; Sligo County Library
  • Schedule of Erne estate muniments at Crom Castle, Co Fermanagh, compiled circa 1930. T/1352; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources