Landed Estates
NUI Galway


Morris states that the Dobbyns were a family of great antiquity in Waterford. Grogan notes that claims have been made that they were one of the original Norman families to settle in Waterford although this does not appear to be supported by any written document. It is clear that from the fifteenth century onwards they were among the politically influential families. Sadleir, referring to the 1770s, mentions "Ambrose Worthivill, of Amberhill,, married to a Miss Dobbyn" and "Hannibal Dobbyn, of Ballynakill, nephew to the Old Recorder". In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the family were still active in local municipal politics and in the legal profession in the city. Michael Dobbyn was among the principal lessors in the parish of Kill St. Nicholas, barony of Gaultiere, at the time of Griffith's Valuation.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Whitfield Court Dooneen Kilmeadan Waterford Reisk 73 Middlethird Waterford OSI Ref: S532086
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 75
Ballynakill House (Gaultiere) Ballynakill Ballynakill Waterford Ballynakill 77 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S637109
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 76
Newtown Geneva Newtown Crooke Waterford Faithlegg 90 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S697078
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 76
Woodland House Ballycanvan Big Kill St. Nicholas Waterford Faithlegg 90 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S662115
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 76
Drumrusk House Drumrusk Kill St. Nicholas Waterford Fatihlegg 90 Gaultiere Waterford OSI Ref: S681081
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 76

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Dobbyn family, c.1650-c.1750. Genealogical Office: Ms.16, p.71 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Dobbyn Presentation: Various papers relating to the property of the Dobbyn family of Waterford City, 18th and 19th c. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Memorandum book of Robert Dobbyn, solicitor of Waterford; including notices of deaths, marriages, remarkable occurences with sarcastio comment; mainly relating to Waterford City and County; c. 1859 - 75. Ms. 19,431 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Thirty six documents concerning the family of Adams of Rathconnell, Co. Westmeath, including deed, will, rentals and legal papers in the case in Chancery of George and Elizabeth Dobbyn v. Francis Adams and others, 1697-1864 D. 26,410 . ; National Library of Ireland
  • Seventy-two documents, mainly leases, but including a few wills and maps, relating to property of the Dobbyn family in Waterford and district, 1671-1833. D. 9176-9247 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Two deeds by which Patrick Sherloke appoints R. Nugent and J. Aylward his attorneys to pay a mortgage of 20 pounds on a house held by Peter Dobbyn in Waterford and grants the same to J. Swetman and L. Blaunchvile to the use of the Earl of Ormonde, Aug. 1, Sept. 2, 1546. D. 2481-2 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of the Dobbyn family,county Waterford. ; Irish Genealogical Research Society Library

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Modern printed sources