Landed Estates
NUI Galway

McSweeney/MacSwiney (Cork)

In the mid 19th century the representatives of John McSweeny held land in the county Cork parishes of Kilnaglory and St Finbarrs, barony of Cork, and John McSweeney held land in the parish of Drishane, barony of West Muskerry. In the 1870s various members of the McSweeney family owned acreages of 100+ around Cork city and John McSweeney of Macroom owned 599 acres. The MacSwiney family originally held land at Mashanaglass near Macroom. Valentine Emanuel Patrick MacSwiney (1871-1945), son of Valentine P. MacSwiney, a banker, was born in Paris and created a Marquess by Pope Leo XIII.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Roxborough Roxborough Inchinabacky Middleton Middleton Rural 268 Barrymore Cork OSI Ref: W904 745
OS Sheet: 76
Discovery map: 81
Ballynora Ballynora Kilnaglory Cork Ballincollig 65 Cork Cork OSI Ref: W606 665
OS Sheet: 85
Discovery map: 86

Archival sources

  • Accounts relating to Meadstown, Co. Cork, H. C. Bowen and J. R. Nettles, 1775. Exchequer order Nettles v. Mc Sweeny, 1784. Case of lands of Coolnagillagh, Co. Cork, 1784. Conveyance of Drishanebeg and Coolnagillagh, A. and E. Nettles to R. Nettles Dec., 1785. D. 350 (37-40) ; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • MacSwiney of Mashanaglass Papers, Acc No 4330, PC 12968; National Library of Ireland
  • Draft pedigrees and notes on the family of MacSwiney of Macroom, and Mashanaglass, Co. Cork, later Papal Marquises, c.1750 -- 1900. Genealogical Office: Ms. 820(4) ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Valentine MacSwiney of Macroom by Margaret Cremen, and to his grandson, Valentine Emmanuel Patrick MacSwiney of Paris, Chamberlain to his Holiness Pope Leo XIII and only son of Valentine MacSwiney by Emma Issabella Countess Konarska daughter of Alexander Count Konarska of Poland, with mention of descent from MacSwiney of Mashanaglass, Sept.17, 1895. Genealogical Office: Ms. 110, pp. 186-7 ; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources