Landed Estates
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By a patent dated 10 October 1685, John Otway was granted Castle Otway, county Tipperary. His descendant, Cooke Otway, married Elizabeth Waller in 1766 and they had seven sons. Henry succeeded his father, Robert, and was created a baronet in 1831. Reverend Samuel was the father of the Robert who eventually inherited Castle Otway. In 1790 Henry Otway married Sarah, daughter of Sir Thomas Cave, 5th Baronet. She became Baroness Braye in her own right and assumed the additional surname of Cave in 1818. Henry and Sarah had eight children, of whom only a daughter, Henrietta, had children. Henry Otway died in 1815 and was succeeded by his son Robert. Robert Otway Cave was Member of Parliament for county Tipperary 1832-1844. He is recorded in the Ordnance Survey Name Books as the proprietor of several townlands in the parishes of Kilmore and Templederry, barony of Upper Ormond. Robert Otway Cave died in 1844 and, following the death of his wife in 1849, Castle Otway became the property of his first cousin, Robert Jocelyn Otway. Vice Admiral Robert J. Otway died in 1884 leaving an only daughter, Frances Margaret, who married William Clifford Bermingham Ruthven, grandson of Clifford Trotter, in 1865. In the mid 19th century Captain Robert J. Otway owned an estate in the parish of Glenkeen, barony of Kilnamanagh Upper, Caesar Otway held land in the parish of Youghalarra, barony of Owney and Arra and Mrs Otway Cave owned an estate in the parishes of Aghnameadle, Kilmore, Kilnaneave, Latteragh and Templederry, amounting to at least 25 townlands in the barony of Upper Ormond. In December 1853 the Otway estates of Lissenhall and Castle Otway amounting to 8,373 acres in the baronies of Upper Ormond and Kilnemanagh were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court. Part of the estate including Lissenhall was bought by William Hutchinson Carroll (see Other purchasers were James Poe, Edward Reeves and Mr Dunkett in trust. By the mid 1870s Rear Admiral Robert Jocelyn Otway owned 4,362 acres in county Tipperary, while James L. Otway of 23 Pembroke Road, Dublin, owned over a thousand acres in county Tipperary. James L. Otway was descended from James Otway (died 1733), sixth son of John Otway and his wife, Phoebe Loftus. This branch of the Otway family lived at Rapla, Prior Park and Ballinwear.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rapla Rapla North Kilruane Nenagh Nenagh Rural 88 Upper Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R888 825
OS Sheet: 15
Discovery map: 59
Lissenhall Lissenhall Kilmore Nenagh Carrigatogher 85 Upper Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R838 761
OS Sheet: 20
Discovery map: 59
Castle Otway Cloghonan Templederry Nenagh Kilnaneave 111 Upper Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R945 698
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 59
Prior Park Priorpark Cloghprior Borrisokane Cloghprior 8 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R858 885
OS Sheet: 9
Discovery map: 59
Ballinwear Ballinwear Kilruane Nenagh Nenagh Rural 88 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R877 833
OS Sheet: 15
Discovery map: 59
Riversfield (Upper Ormond) Loughane Lower Kilnaneave Nengh Kilnaneave 111 Upper Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R943689
OS Sheet: 33
Discovery map: 59

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Otway, 1 Dec 1853, Vol 25 (20), MRGS 39/011, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental of the Otway Estate. Contact Houlihan & Son, John's Place, Birr, Co. Offaly. ; Private Possession
  • Otway-Ruthven Papers, MS 11093; Trinity College Dublin
  • Otway Papers & Deeds, mainly 18th & 19th centuries. D.21,833-21,9-4, Ms 12,138-12,143, Ms 13,000-13,008, Ms 13,536; National Library of Ireland
  • Manuscipt maps of the Otway estate 1655-1840. 21 F. 129; National Library of Ireland
  • Papers relating to the Otway Family of Co Tipperary, 1666-1834. D.20,344-20,387, M.3386-3398; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates sale rental of lands of R.J. Otway in the baronies of Upper Ormond & Kilnemanagh, Co Tipperary, 1 Dec 1853. D.585 (98); Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Pedigree of Otway of Castle Otway, Co. Tipperary, c.1500 -- 1774. Genealogical Office: Ms.165, pp.229-32 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Otway of Middleton in Westmoreland, of Cloghonan (also Castle Otway) afterwards Otway-Cave, of Claren, of Kilnecarr, of Nenagh all in Co. Tipperary, c.1550 -- 1839. Genealogical Office: Ms.176, pp.215-23 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Xerox copies of letters and petitions from tenants to Robert Otway Cave, of Nenagh; 1834. Ms. 18,418 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to Commander Robert Jocelyn Oliver Otway Ruthven, R. N., only son of Capt. Robert Mervyn Bermingham Otway Ruthven, R. G. A., of Castle Otway, son of William Clifford Bermingham Otway Ruthven by Frances Margaret, only daughter and heir of vice Admiral Robert Jocelyn Otway of Castle Otway, Sept. 15, 1938. Genealogical Office: Ms. 111f, fol.115 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Deeds, leases and rental, 1654-1811. 23D57; Leicestershire & Rutland Record Office
  • Sale of Prior Park, James Otway to George Waller, 1808. ROD 601.462.411218 ; Registry of Deeds
  • Land Judges’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Badcock, (Ballinwear & Kyle), 29 Oct 1885, Vol 149 (55), MRGS 39/066, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Farrer and Company, solicitors' collection, Probate, James Baker, 1889 and inventory of personal property of Sophia Otway-Cave, mostly at Castle Otway, county Tipperary, 1850. Acc. 1078/7; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Otway (Ballycahill & Rusheen), 11 May 1854, Vol 28 (2), MRGS 39/012, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Longfield map, undated map of Ballycahill & Bawn, barony of Upper Ormond, let forever to Thomas Otway with tenants' names. 21.F.46 (31); National Library of Ireland

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