Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Ormsby (Gortnaraby)

By the late 17th century a branch of the Ormsby family had settled at Cloghans, parish of Kilbelfad, barony of Tirawley, Co Mayo and was established at Gortnaraby, parish of Crossmolina, by the mid 18th century. Their estates included land in the parishes of Crossmolina, Kilfian, Doonfeeny and Kilbelfad in the barony of Tirawley and in the parishes of Ballyhean and Drum in the barony of Carra. In 1851 4223 acres of their property was advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court, however they appear to have retained their estate in the barony of Tirawley. In 1876 John Ormsby's estate amounted to 3186 acres, while his uncle, Reverend Horatio Ormsby of Mallow, county Cork, owned 1,114 acres in county Mayo. By March 1916 Colonel John Beecher Ormsby had accepted an offer for the purchase of the estate from the Congested Districts' Board.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Gortnaraby/Gortnor Abbey Gortnaraby Crossmolina Ballina Crossmolina South 17 Tirawley Mayo OSI Ref: G151 173
OS Sheet: 38
Discovery map: 23

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Ormsby, 10 Oct 1851, Vol 11, MRGS 39/005, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Ormsby of Cloghans, Co Mayo, c 1750-1806. GO MS 113, 255-6; National Library of Ireland
  • Solicitors' Papers re Moy and other fisheries, Co Mayo and associated families of Gore, Browne, Ormsby, Jones, Atkinson, Little, Clarke, Orme, FitzGerald and Clive, 1611-1957. Acc. 1165; National Archives of Ireland

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