Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Esmonde (Ballynastragh)

The Esmonde family were established at Ballynastragh, near Gorey, county Wexford, from the mid 17th century. Thomas Esmonde was created a baronet in 1629. The main estates of this family were located in counties Wexford and Wicklow but they also held land in counties Tipperary, Kilkenny, Longford, King's County and Waterford. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Sir Thomas Esmonde held land in the parishes of Grangemockler and Kilvemnon, barony of Slievardagh, county Tipperary. Mrs. Anne Esmonde was among the principal lessors in the parish of Lisnakill, barony of Middlethird, county Waterford at that time. In the 1870s the Esmonde's Munster estate amounted to 717 acres in county Tipperary and 701 acres in county Waterford and James Esmond of Ballinderry, county Tipperary, owned 654 acres in county Limerick.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Pembrokestown House Gaulstown Lisnakill Waterford Pembrokestown 72 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S544062
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 75
Castle Biggs/Drominagh Drominagh Demesne Terryglass Borrisokane Terryglass 19 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R834 985
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 53
Ballinderry Newlawn Terryglass Borrisokane Terryglass 19 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R850 971
OS Sheet: 6
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Esmonde Papers, Copies of documents relating to the history of the Esmonde family in the 17th c., including accounts of their estates in counties Wexford, Wicklow, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary, together with an account of the Battle of Ballybeg, County Wexford, 1642. Ms. 8517 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Esmonde and Estmonde of Johnstown, of Farralstown, of Lymerick, Ballynastragh all in Co. Wexford, of Huntington, Co. Carlow, of Cregg, Co. Tipperary, of Osbertstown, Co. Kildare, of Pembrokestown, Co. Waterford and of Austria, c.1470 -- c.1850. Genealogical Office: Ms.93, pp.78-83 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease and counterpart of the Earl of Ormonde and his feoffees to Sir Laurence Esmond of Priourstowne, Co. Tipperary and the manor of Arcloe, Co. Wicklow, March 2, 1614. D. 3569-70 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Esmonde of Ballynastragh, county Wexford, estate paper collection, dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Accession 981; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file, early 1940s, North Tipperary No. 12 (Drominagh); Tipperary Studies Research Library (Archives), Thurles

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Modern printed sources