Landed Estates
NUI Galway


L.G. Pine traces the ancestry of this family from the fourth son of Edward Adams, a London merchant, who was granted over 2,000 acres in the barony of East Carbery, county Cork, in 1666. Wallis Adams son of Samuel Adams of Kilbree married Frances Goold of Jamesbrook, county Cork and died in 1818. The Goolds appear to have rented Jamesbrook from the Earls of Inchiquin from early in the 18th century. Michael Goold was agent to William 3rd Earl of Inchiquin. Michael Goold-Adams eldest son of Wallis and Frances Adams married a sister of the 1st Earl of Bantry and had 4 sons and 1 daughter. At the time of Griffith's Valuation their eldest son Richard Wallis Goold-Adams held land in the parishes of Ardnageehy, barony of Barrymore and Cloyne and Garranekinnefeake, barony of Imokilly, while Richard's brother Robert held land in the parish of Inchigeelagh, barony of West Muskerry In the 1870s the representatives of the two brothers owned 2,000 acres in the county. Richard's representatives also owned 137 acres in county Limerick.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Knocklofty Knocklofty Tullaghmelan Clogheen Tullaghmelan 63 Iffa and Offa West Tipperary OSI Ref: S143 198
OS Sheet: 82
Discovery map: 74
Jamesbrook Hall Jamesbrook Garranekinnefeake Middleton Rostellan 259 Imokilly Cork OSI Ref: W877 676
OS Sheet: 88
Discovery map: 81

Archival sources

  • Inchiquin Papers, Collection List 143; National Library of Ireland
  • Statement of title of R. W. G. Adams to lands of Garranekenefeak also Jamesbrook, in Barrymore Barony, Co. Cork, beginning with a deed of 1694. M. 3131; National Archives of Ireland
  • Detailed abstracts of wills of Adams of Knockmoneybeg, Shandrum, Milltown, Doneraile and Charleville in Co. Cork, of Jones Square in Cork City and Ballycullane in Co. Limerick, 1716 -- 1801. GO Ms. 139, pp. 16-20 ; National Library 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

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