Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Fitzgerald/Purcell Fitzgerald (Little Island)

This family claimed ancient ties with the original Fitzgeralds who came to Ireland in the twelfth century. At the beginning of the nineteenth century Mary Frances Fitzgerald, the heiress to the estate married John Purcell and the family became known as Purcell Fitzgerald. John Purcell Fitzgerald was among the principal lessors in the parishes of Lisnakill, barony of Middlethird, and Ballynakill, barony of Gaultiere, county Waterford, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In the 1870s, he had an address in Manchester but was the owner of over 2200 acres in county Waterford. In the 1880s Bateman records Mrs. Purcell Fitzgerald of Boulge Hall, Woodbridge, as the owner of over 2700 acres in county Waterford as well as property in the counties of Lancashire, Suffolk and Sussex in England.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballygunner Castle Ballygunnercastle Ballygunner Waterford Balynakill 77 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S644088
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 76
Little Island Castle Little Island Ballynakill Waterford Ballynakill 77 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S642117
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 76
Williamstown House Williamstown Ballynakill Waterford Ballynakill 77 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S618097
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 76
Ballycar (Cove) Cove St. John's Without Waterford Waterford Rural 78 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S620113
OS Sheet: 9
Discovery map: 76
Glenville Cottage (Gaultiere) Cove St. John's Without Waterford Waterford Rural 78 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S624113
OS Sheet: 9
Discovery map: 76

Archival sources

  • Pedigrees, reports and miscellaneous information on family of FitzGerald Purcell of The Island, 1066-1900. Genealogical Office: Ms. 812 (27) ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of royal licence to John Fitzgerald of Boulge Hall, Co. Suffolk, that he may reassume the name Purcell in addition to and before that of Fitzgerald and quarter the arms of Purcell, Jan. 4, 1858 Genealogical Office: Ms.152, pp.283-5 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Maps of the estate of John Purcell Fitzgerald situate in the baronies of Gaultiere and Middlethird, Co. Waterford. Surveyed by A. U. Roberts. Oblong quarto volume containing 37 coloured maps, 1860. Manuscript maps: 16 F. 6 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Descent of Purcell FitzGerald of The Island, Co. Waterford, Dermot, King of Ireland 1072, from Gilbert, 1st Earl of Clare c.1150, William de Warren, Earl of Surrey, William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby, Otto of Windsor, etc., with Caracciolo descendants, also family of Gossip, c.1750 1941. Genealogical Office: Ms.182, pp.571-5 ; National Library of Ireland
  • 18th-19th cent: deeds and estate papers. HB56 ; Suffolk Record Office: Ipswich Branch

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources