Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Dennis (Cork)

Hugo Read writes that in the mid 18th century John Dennis, a Quaker, was a timber merchant in Cork. He married Sarah Newenham and had an only child Elizabeth who married in 1763 Cooper Penrose. Through this marriage the Penroses inherited property in Cork city. Another member of this family was James Dennis, Baron Tracton of Tracton Abbey. Born in 1721 he was the son of John Dennis, a timber merchant of Kinsale and his wife Anne Bullen. James Dennis became a barrister and later a Member of Parliament. He was also legal adviser to the Earl of Shannon and in 1781 was made a Baron. In 1769 he married Elizabeth Piggott, daughter of Edmund Piggott of Chetwynd, county Cork. When Baron Tracton died in 1782 without an heir he left his estate in county Kerry to his eldest nephew the Reverend Meade Swift and his estates in counties Cork and Dublin to his other nephew John Swift, both of whom took the additional surname of Dennis. At the time of Griffith's Valuation James Dennis held an estate in the parishes of Carrigaline, Rathcooney and St Annes Shandon, barony of Cork, county Cork. In the 1870s the representatives of James Denis owned 1,029 acres in county Cork.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Tracton Abbey Tubbrid Tracton Kinsale Kilpatrick 200 Kinalea Cork OSI Ref: W731564
OS Sheet: 99
Discovery map: 87
Chetwynd Chetwynd St Finbars Cork Inishkenny 70 Cork Cork OSI Ref: W647 680
OS Sheet: 86
Discovery map: 87
Woodhill Ballinamought East St Anne Shandon Cork Rathcooney 110 Cork Cork OSI Ref: W701 724
OS Sheet: 74
Discovery map: 87

Archival sources

  • Sarsfield Papers include documents re litigation re estate of James Dennis, Roscarberry, county Cork, 1732-1750. D 26,102; National Library of Ireland
  • Shannon Papers. D/2707; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Bull and Bull, solicitors, London (per British Records Association), deeds and other documents relating to the estates of the Dennis family, cos Cork, Dublin and Kerry, 1645–1910. 1095/1; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources