Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Villiers Stuart/Stuart (de Decies)

The introduction to the Public Record Office Northern Ireland list of the Villiers Stuart papers states that the the marriage connections which most influenced the history of the Villiers Stuart estate are: the marriage, in 1677, of Katherine Fitzgerald, owner of the Dromana estate, to the Honourable Edward Villiers, son and heir of the 4th Viscount Grandison; the marriage, in 1739, of Lady Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Villiers, who succeeded to the estate in 1766, to Aland Mason of Waterford; and the marriage in 1802 of Lord Henry Stuart, 5th son of John, 1st Marquess of Bute, and Lady Gertrude Amelia Mason-Villiers, heir of George, 2nd Earl of Grandison. This last couple had three sons, Henry created Lord Stuart of Decies in 1839, William Villiers-Stuart of Castletown, county Kilkenny and Charles. In 1833 William Villiers Stuart married Catherine Cox, sister of Sir Richard Cox, 8th Baronet, and daughter of Michael Cox. At the time of Griffith's Valuation William V. Stewart held land in the parish of Macloneigh, barony of West Muskerry, county Cork. In 1851, Lord de Decies estate included lands in the parishes of Aglish, Ardmore, Clashmore, Kilmolash, Lisgenan or Grange and Ringagonagh, barony of Decies-within-Drum and Affane and Whitechurch, barony of Decies-without-Drum, county Waterford. In July 1853 a perpetual annuity and a charge on the estates of Michael Cox of Castletown, county Kilkenny, which were by then vested in William Villiers Stuart, were advertised for sale. The former Cox estate was comprised of 12,479 acres in the baronies of West Muskerry, Ibane, Barrymore and East Carbery, county Cork, and 1,826 acres in the baronies of Iffa and Offa East and Slievardagh, county Tipperary plus 6,877 acres in county Kilkenny. Lord Stuart de Decies of Dromana, county Waterford, owned over 7000 acres in county Waterford as well as 24 acres in county Cork in the 1870s, while the representatives of his brother William Villiers-Stuart owned 1,404 acres in Cork.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Mistletoe Castle Greencloyne Youghal Youghal Youghal Urban 340 Imokilly Cork OSI Ref: X093 791
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 81
Seafield Seafield Youghal Youghal Youghal Urban 340 Imokilly Cork OSI Ref: X096 767
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 81
Drumroe House (Waterford) Drumroe Lower Lismore & Mocollop Lismore Drumroe 63 Coshmore & Coshbride Waterford OSI Ref: X093975
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 81
Ballingowan House (South) Ballingowan East Aglish Dungarvan Dromana 22 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X114922
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 81
Bleach Bleach Aglish Dungarvan Dromana 33 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X109921
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 81
Villierstown House Villierstown Aglish Dungarvan Dromana 33 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X100931
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 81
Ardsallagh House Ardsallagh Clashmore Youghal Ballyheeny 99 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X093814
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 81
Laurentum Ballyheeny Clashmore Youghal Ballyheeny 99 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X131831
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 82
Bayview (Clashmore) Shanacoole Clashmore Youghal Ballyheeny 99 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X118805
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 81
Rockview (Clashmore) Shanacoole Clashmore Youghal Ballyheeny 99 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X113805
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 82
Glencorran Ballyeelinan Lisgenan or Grange Youghal Clenwilliam 96 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X212804
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 82
Cappagh (Decies-within-Drum) Cappagh Lisgenan or Grange Youghal Glenwilliam 96 Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X157778
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 82
Clashanahy Clashanahy Lisgenan or Grange Youghal Grange Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X155782
OS Sheet: 40
Discovery map: 82
Seaview (Decies) Rathnameneenagh Ringagonagh Dungarvan Ringville Decies-within-Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X286858
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 82
Dromana Dromana Affane Dungarvan Dromana 33 Decies without Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X092950
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 82
Monyvroe Monyvroe Affane Dungarvan Dromana 33 Decies without Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X112963
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 82
Ballyguiry Ballyguiry West Dungarvan Dungarvan Carriglea Decies without Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X202913
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 82
Curraghamoreen House Curraghmoreen Kilmolash Dungarvan Dromana 33 Decies without Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X127942
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 82
Johnstown House (Decies) Ballymulalla East Whitechurch Dungarvan Keereen Decies without Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X165926
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 82
Clonkerdin House Clonkerdin Whitechurch Dungarvan Whitechurch 36 Decies without Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X156941
OS Sheet: 30
Discovery map: 82
Killea House Killea Killea Waterford Killea 91 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S680018
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 76

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (Burke), Lawder, Cox, 12 July 1853, Vol 35; National Library of Ireland
  • Villiers-Stuart Papers, comprised of c.9,500 documents and volumes, 1215-1945, relating to the estate, family and political affairs of the Fitzgerald, Villiers, Mason, Aland and Villiers-Stuart families of Dromana, Co. Waterford, Viscounts and Earls Grandison and Barons Stuart de Decies. 1215-1945. T3131 & MIC464; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Estate, family & political papers of the Fitzgerald, Villiers, Mason, Aland & Villiers-Stuart families of Dromana, Co. Waterford, Viscounts & Earls Grandison & Barons Stuart de Decies, [1215-1950]. GB MIC464, T3131, IE BL/EP/VS http://booleweb.ucc.ie/index.php?pageID=448 ; University College Cork, Boole Library Archives
  • Villiers-Stuart Papers include FitzGerald and Grandison estate and financial papers: Miscellaneous estate and business letters to the 1st Earl Grandison, relating to the settlement of all his estates on the daughter of the late Viscount Villiers, the affairs of his property in and near Youghal, and his sale of the manor of Templemichael to Alderman Richard Dawson, 1740-1741, 1751. Ms. 24,602 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Lismore Castle Papers, Collection List 129; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of part of the estate of Henry Villiers Stuart in the County of Waterford by Samuel Chaloner, Clonmel. Folio sheet, coloured, 1826. Manuscript map: 16 J. 6 (5) ; National Library of Ireland
  • Maps and surveys of Slievegrine and of other parts of the Co. Waterford estate of the Villiers - Stuart family, 1828-1829, 1888, 1890 including a small booklet (1888) containing survey tracings of the estate of Major Chearnley at Kilcoony, Co. Waterford, etc. Villiers-Stuart Papers, Ms. 24,676 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Letters and papers of Henry Villiers-Stuart, Sir William Homan and Henry Denehy concerning the Waterford election of 1826, also relating to Slievegrine, Co. Waterford, 1825-1833. Villiers-Stuart Papers, Mss. 24,682-24,689 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Letters and papers of Henry Villiers-Stuart, Lord Stuart de Decies, concerning local politics and administration in Co. Waterford, 1826-1866. Villiers-Stuart Papers, Mss. 24,690-24,692 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Catalogue of books at Dromana, compiled by William Villiers-Stuart, 1833, also insurance policy on contents of the house, 1876. Villiers-Stuart Papers, Ms. 24,677 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Villiers of Ballyneboley, Co. Waterford, and Kilfeacon, Co. Limerick, c.1670 -- 1783. Genealogical Office: Ms.173, pp.104-8 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Accounts, receipts, papers and correspondence, relating to the trustees of the Dromana estate during the minority of Ion H. F. Villiers-Stuart, including correspondence of Colonel S. F. Kirkwood, agent of the estate, 1908-1921. Villiers-Stuart Papers, Ms. 24,679 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Labourers' accounts, Dromana, large bundle, 1885-1893. Villiers-Stuart-Papers, Ms. 24,674 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Release concerning the payment for Labouchere drainage on sundry townlands of the Dromana, Co. Waterford, estate 1861. Villiers-Stuart Papers, Ms. 24,660 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Miscellaneous Dromana (Co Waterford) leases and agent's correspondence, 1787-1809. LE3; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dromana (Co Waterford) plans, surveys, rentals and papers, 15th cent-18th cent. Ref. 1641; Reading University Library, Special Collections
  • Villiers Stuart Estate & Family Papers, 17th-20th centuries. MSS 24600-24779 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey Files, Barony of Decies within Drum; Waterford County Library

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Modern printed sources