Landed Estates
University of Galway

Knox /Blake Knox (Moyne Abbey)

The senior branch of the Knox family in county Mayo who were descended from William Knox of Castlereagh. In 1741 Mrs. Dorothy Knox was given a lease of Moyne Abbey in the parish of Killala, barony of Tirawley for 999 years by James O'Hara, 2nd Baron Tyrawley. The Knoxes leased Moyne to the Jones in the 19th century. In that century the Blake Knoxes owned an estate in the parishes of Kilconduff, Templemore and Kildacommoge, in the barony of Gallen, and in the parish of Kildacommage, barony of Carra, county Mayo. They also had some lands in the parish of Kilmoylan, barony of Clare, county Galway and in the parishes of Rahara, barony of Athlone and Cloonfinlough, barony and county of Roscommon. Their county Mayo agent in the 1830s was George Knipe of Carn Hill, Belturbet. In 1834 Francis Blake Knox married Jane Knipe. In the 1870s the representatives of Francis Blake Knox owned 1,337 acres in county Galway. Henry Blake Knox of Moyne Abbey and Dalkey, county Dublin, owned 4662 acres in county Mayo , while his brother, Ernest Edward Knox, owned 1074 acres in county Roscommon and their uncle, Lieutenant Colonel William Knox of Brittas Castle, Thurles, county Tipperary, owned 1352 acres in county Mayo and 993 acres in county Tipperary. Lieutenant-Colonel William Knox bought the Brittas estate from the Langley family in 1853. It was mainly located in the parish of Rahelty, barony of Eliogarty. The estate of Henry Blake Knox was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 19 Mar 1914.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Moyne Abbey Abbeylands and Moyne Killala Killala Killala 100 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G232 288
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 24
Brittas Castle Brittas Thurles Thurles Thurles Rural 143 Eliogarty Tipperary OSI Ref: S125 605
OS Sheet: 41
Discovery map: 60

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Jones, 10 Dec 1867, Vol 87, MRGS 39/042, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental of estates of Francis B. Knox in Cos Roscommon, Galway & Mayo 1845-1846, 1849-1886. MSS 3077-3078; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Knox of Lifford, Co Donegal, of Castlereagh, Moyne, Rappa Castle, Broadlands, Netley Park, Bushfield, Greenwood Park, Lissodrone, Co Mayo and of Woodstock, Co Wicklow and Dublin city, c 1600-1824. GO MS 169, 280-289; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of the Roscommon estate of Francis Blake Knox and Edward Ernest Knox, kept by Alexander Sproule [agent], 1849-1886. MS 3178; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources