Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Saunders (Killavalla)

This family originally settled at Saunder's Court, county Wexford in the mid 17th century. Later descendants lived at Newtown Saunders, county Wicklow and Largay, county Cavan. In 1799 Owen Saunders married Mary Anne, daughter of Richard Sadleir of Sadleir's Wells, county Tipperary. Their second son, Henry O. Saunders, held two townlands in the parish of Borrisokane, county Tipperary in the mid 19th century. His sister was married to Thomas Sadleir of Castletown. In the 1870s Henry Saunders of Killavalla, Borrisokane, owned 1,052 acres in county Tipperary. In May 1877 part of the lands of Ballinderry (317 acres) including the house, the estate of Edward Saunders, was advertised for sale. The Irish Times reported that it was bought by W.J. Russell for over £8000.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballinderry Ballinderry Ardcrony Borrisokane Mertonhall 15 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R905 905
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 53
Killavalla Killavalla Borrisokane Borrisokane Borrisokane 7 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R926 945
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 53
Greyfort Cottage [later Greyfort House] Greyfort Borrisokane Borrisokane Borrisokane 7 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R926 935
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 53
Fort Henry [Greyfort Cottage] (Borrisokane) Greyfort Borrisokane Borrisokane Borrisokane 7 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: S925941
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • S. Gordon & Son, solicitor's collection, includes papers relating to property of the Saunders family in Cos. Tipperary, Cavan and Wicklow and in Dublin City, 1693-1845. Associated names Crawford and Towers. Small Accs. Index 103, D. 17,945-65: T. 7193, M.2247; National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers relating to property mainly in Co. Tipperary in and near Cashel and in Cos. Wicklow and Kildare and Dublin City, of the Pennefather family, 1745-1898. Associated names Ryves, Coakey, Saunders etc. D. 17,597-736: M. 2090-2175: T. 7150-72 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Autobiography of the Rev. Adam Blair, 1718-1790; genealogy of Anderson Saunders of Newtown Saunders, co. Wicklow; diaries of Rev. John Cook, of Waterford, 1733; notes on persons named Brett; memoranda by Elizabeth Freeman, Nenagh and Ballinware, co. Tipperary 1777-1786. Genealogical Office: Ms. 544 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Saunders, 29 May 1877, Vol 127 (87), MRGS 39/058, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Deed leading to the uses of a Recovery by Anderson Saunders, Newtown, Co. Wicklow to William Noy, Dublin of Ballinderry, Ballyroorke etc. Co. Tipperary, and Newtown, Bowhy, Ballybrackbegg etc. Co. Wicklow, for one year, 18 Jan. 1737. 999/24/2; National Archives of Ireland

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