Landed Estates
NUI Galway


In March 1702 William Spread of Ballycanneen, North Liberties of Cork, bought the town and lands of Ballycanneen for £499 from the trustees for the sale of forfeited estates. At the same time John Spread of Cork, merchant, purchased land in the barony of Muskerry, formerly part of the Clancarty estate. Brian de Breffney writes that they were brothers. In 1794 Richard Spread of Ballycannon, county Cork married Susanna Westropp of Ballynolan, county Limerick. At the time of Griffith's Valuation John Spread held an estate in the parishes of Cannaway and Matehy, barony of East Muskerry, county Cork, while the Reverend William Spread held land in the parish of Aglishdrinagh, barony of Orrery and Kilmore. At the same time the representatives of William Spread held land in the parish of Currykippane, barony of Cork. In the mid 1870s John Spread of Pembridge Crescent, London, owned 1,037 acres in county Cork.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballynolan Ballynolan Kildimo Rathkeale Kildimo 127 Kenry Limerick OSI Ref: R426 538
OS Sheet: 11
Discovery map: 65
Forest House Rathonoane Cannaway Macroom Cannaway 210 East Muskerry Cork OSI Ref: W436 704
OS Sheet: 72
Discovery map: 80
Ballycannon Ballycannon Currykippane Cork St Marys 97 Cork Cork OSI Ref: W614 735
OS Sheet: 73
Discovery map: 87

Archival sources

  • Spread Legal Case U111 Case between Richard Spread, plaintiff and Henry Spread , defendant at the Court of Exchequer, 1794-5., in settling the estate of their father, Richard Spread, late of Ballycannon in the North Liberties of the City of Cork and then of Ballynoran, Co. Limerick.1794-1796. U111; Cork City and County Archives
  • Bantry Papers, include legal documents re the Spread estate at Ballycannon, barony of Cork, 19th century. Also reference to the Westropps of Ballynolan. IE BL/EP/B/311-316; University College Cork, Boole Library Archives
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes deeds relating to lands in Co Tipperary & the Grene, Delaney & Spread families. Contains lease of lands in baronies of Upper & Lower Ormond Charles Earl of Arran to William Spread 1703 & marriage settlement of John Grene of Cappanamurra & Anna Maria Delaney, 1850, 1703-1912. Small Accs. Index 105, T.11,797, M.3857, M.4594, D.20,998-21,004; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources

  • ''Irish Ancestor'': DE BREFFNY, Brian. Spread of Co Cork. II (1970), 102-111 & III (1971), 63