Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Pennefather (Knockeevan)

A junior branch of the Pennefather family of New Park, county Tipperary, descended from Major William Pennefather, Member of Parliament for Cashel 1771, second son of Richard Pennefather of New Park. William married Ellen Moore of Mooresfort, county Tipperary and they had two sons, Richard and Edward, who both became eminent lawyers. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Honourable Baron [Richard] Pennefather held an estate in the parishes of Newchapel, barony of Iffa and Offa East and Knockgraffon and St Patricksrock, barony of Middlethird. In 1836 Richard's son, also named Richard, married Lady Emily Butler, sister of the Earl of Glengall. In 1852 she married, as her second husband, Colonel H. A. Hankey. Edward and Reverend William Pennefather, sons of Edward, younger brother of Baron Richard, held land in the parishes of Molough, Caher and Tubbrid, barony of Iffa and Offa West in the mid 19th century. In the 1870s Edward G. Pennefather of Bray, county Wicklow, owned 479 acres in county Tipperary. Miss Mary Pennefather of Kingstown, Dublin, who owned 772 acres in county Tipperary at the same time, may have been Edward G. Pennefather's sister.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballybrada Ballybrada Caher Clogheen Tubbrid 68 Iffa and Offa West Tipperary OSI Ref: S065 206
OS Sheet: 81
Discovery map: 74
Greenmount (Molough) Greenmount Molough Clogheen Tullaghmelan 63 Iffa and Offa West Tipperary OSI Ref: S139 157
OS Sheet: 88
Discovery map: 74
Burgesland House Burgesland Molough Clogheen Tullaghmelan 63 Iffa and Offa West Tipperary OSI Ref: S131 151
OS Sheet: 88
Discovery map: 74
Knockeevan/Darling Hill Knockeevan Newchapel Clonmel Lisronagh 80 Iffa and Offa East Tipperary OSI Ref: S171 286
OS Sheet: 77
Discovery map: 74

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Pennefather, (Ballybrada & Crannagh), 16 Apr 1867, Vol 84 (80), MRGS 39/041, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Stanhope of Chevening Manuscripts, include accounts, wills, sale details & other records relating to the Co Tipperary estate of the Pennefather, Hankey & Stanhope family, 19th & 20th centuries. U1590 ; Centre for Kentish Studies
  • S. Gordon & Son, solicitor's collection, includes papers relating to the estates of the Pennefather family in Cos Tipperary, Wicklow, Kildare, Cork & Wexford, 18th & 19th centuries, divided into sections. Associated families Bunbury, Denroche, Dunscombe, Green & Mulcahy. Small Accs. Index 103, D. 17,597-17,736: T. 7150-7172, M.2090-2175 ; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources