Landed Estates
NUI Galway


Thomas Firman of Selby, Yorkshire and of Dublin city inherited the estates of Richard Pierson. His son, John Firman, was "of Ballinderry and Arranhill, county Tipperary". John Firman's estate was valued at £600 in the mid 1770s (Kilboy Papers). John Firman's two sons were Thomas Pierson Firman of Firmount who married a Yorkshire heiress and Richard Flood Firman of Slevoir. The Firman family were related through marriage with the Smith family of Milford and the Biggs family of Castle Biggs.The representatives of Thomas P. Firman held an estate in the parishes of Borrisokane and Terryglass, barony of Lower Ormond, county Tipperary, in the mid 19th century. In May 1852 the Firmount estate, barony of Lower Ormond and the lands of Grange and Clohane, barony of Eliogarty, over 1,300 acres in total, were advertised for sale and appear to have been bought by the Hickies and Delanys. In July 1862 the estate of the administrator of William Firman,, deceased, at Muckloon "now called Firmount", 85 acres in the barony of Lower Ormond, was advertised for sale. The Irish Times reports its purchase in trust for Samuel D. Biggs.


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
Arranhill Tombrickane Borrisokane Borrisokane Borrisokane 7 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: R889 959
OS Sheet: 7
Discovery map: 53
Firmount Firmount Terryglass Borrisokane Terryglass 19 Lower Ormond Tipperary OSI Ref: M894 015
OS Sheet: 4
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Firman of Selby, Co. York and City of Dublin, of Ballinderry and Arranhill and Firmount (now Cnoc na Faire), Carryahorig, of Slevoir (now Slevyre) all in Co. Tipperary and Gateforth House, Co. York, c.1690--1867. Genealogical Office: Ms.180, pp.122-4 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to the descendants of Thomas Pierson Firman of Firmount (now Cnoc na Faire) Co. Tipperary and to his great grandson, Humphrey Brooke Firman, June 15, 1876. Genealogical Office: Ms.109, pp. 353-4 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Statement of ascendants of Humphrey Brooke Firman, eldest son of Humphrey Brooke Firman of Brayton, Co. York, by Anne Louisa, daughter of Thomas Gibbon Fitzgibbon of Ballyseda, Co. Limerick, and grandson of Lt. Col. Brooke Firman, by Tryphena, daughter of William Biggs of Castle Biggs, Co. Tipperary June 15, 1876. Genealogical Office: Ms.109, pp.353-4 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Firman, 18 May 1852, Vol 15 (38), MRGS 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Firman, 8 July 1862, Vol 66 (26), 11 Nov 1862, Vol 66 (77 & 78) & 12 Jan 1864, Vol 71 (6), MRGS 39/033 & 39/035, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitor's collection, includes leases re Firman estate at Clohane & Lower Grange & later rental & accounts of same lands in possession of Delany family, 1836-1841, 1905. Small Accs. Index 105, D.20,943-53, M.3786; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file, early 1940s, North Tipperary No. 12 (Firmount); Tipperary Studies Research Library (Archives), Thurles

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Modern printed sources