Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Orpen/Orpin (Cos Cork & Waterford)

The Reverend Basil Orpin, rector of Ballyvourney, county Cork, was the son of the Reverend Abel Orpin, curate of Drishane, county Cork and a grandson of Robert Orpin of Dublin. W.M. Brady states that the Reverend Basil Orpin was ordained in 1786 and married Ellen Lewis, by whom he had 4 sons John, Benjamin, Richard and Basil and 4 daughters. His son Basil Orpin, a solicitor, was the legal adviser to the Duke of Devonshire's Irish estates from 1849-1879. Abel B. Orpen held land in the parish of Drishane, baronies of Duhallow and West Muskerry. John Orpen held land in the parish of Cullen, barony of Dunhallow. The Orpins bought the Marston estate from the Gumbletons in the mid 1850s. In the 1870s Basil Orpen of Marshtown, Lismore owned 403 acres in county Cork and 2,288 acres in county Waterford, while Abel Benjamin Orpen of Passage West owned 872 acres in county Cork. Abel B. Orpen was deceased by 1881 when the Cottrill estate at Passage East was offered for sale by his administratrix Catherine Pearson. John Orpin, a Dublin solicitor, who owned 220 acres in county Cork and 629 acres in county Cavan in the 1870s may also have been a member of this family.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Marshtown/Marston Marshtown Lismore & Mocollop Fermoy Knockmourne 137 Condons & Clangibbon Cork OSI Ref: W950 987
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 81
Cloonbeg Cloonbeg Lismore & Mocollop Lismore Castlerichard 55 Coshmore & Coshbride Waterford OSI Ref: W955990
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 81

Archival sources

  • Land Judges' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Cottrell [Orpin] , 25 January 1881, Vol 141, MRGS 39/062, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Lismore Papers, Collection List 129; National Library of Ireland
  • Household bills, or receipts, of the Rev. Francis Orpen, of Midleton, Co. Cork, including apothecary's bills, 25 items, 1780-1789; letters to Orpen on ecclesiastical affairs, 6 items, c. 1785-1801; diary entries by Orpen, 1801 re Mr. Grier's school and Midleton Yeomanry, Papers re Abraham Orpen, curate at Kilgarvan, draft of part of sermon or eulogy by Rev. Francis Orpen. Orpen Papers, Ms. 22,105 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Memorandum books of minor expenses, including expenses on tours abroad, incurred by members of the Orpen family, 19th cent. Orpen Papers, Mss. 19,892-19,896 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Account book of Rev. Francis Orpen, 1784-88. Orpen Papers, Ms. 19,885 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of the Rev. Francis Orpen, Rector of Dungorney, Co. Cork by Susanna Millerd, daughter and coheiress of Alderman Hugh Millerd of Monard, Co. Cork and to his second but eldest surviving son, Richard John Theodore Orpen of Ardtully, Co. Kerry, President of the Society of Attorneys and Solicitors of Ireland, May 21, 1862. Genealogical Office: Ms.108, pp.414-5 ; National Library of Ireland

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