Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Ruttledge (Bloomfield)

In May 1749, Peter Ruttledge of Cornfield and Carrowkillen, parish of Robeen, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo, purchased from the Binghams of Newbrook the freehold of Cornfield and other lands, which he was already leasing. He acquired other lands in the vicinity and left all his property to his eldest son, Thomas, by his will dated 3 December 1766. Thomas Ruttledge added to the family property and built Bloomfield, which became the principal family residence. Thomas Ormsby Ruttledge, who made a detailed study of the Ruttledge family in the 1970s, estimated that the Ruttledge estates amounted to approximately 30,000 acres at the time of Thomas' death in 1805. Years of litigation between family members about the interpretation of the 1766 will of Peter Ruttledge followed the death of Thomas and the estates were eventually split up among three branches of the family, who had, as their principal homes, Bloomfield, Togher and Barbersfort. Robert Ruttledge, son of Thomas, succeeded to his father’s estates in county Mayo. As he had no children he settled some of his estates on his nephew, Reverend Francis Lambert, at the time of Francis' marriage in 1819. Francis changed his surname to Ruttledge. At the time of Griffith's Valuation his estates were mainly in the parishes of Robeen and Ballinrobe, barony of Kilmaine; Aghamore, barony of Costello; Kilconduff and Meelick in barony of Gallen and Kilcommon, barony of Erris. The Erris lands were held under a lease from Bingham to Thomas Ruttledge dated 1764 and the Ruttledge lands in the parishes of Ballinrobe and Kilgeever were all leased from the Archbishop of Tuam. The whole estate amounting to 15,482 acres, including 310 acres in the parish of Abbeygormacan, county Galway, was advertised for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in 1861. The Ruttledges retained some of their estate as they still owned 3949 acres in county Mayo in 1876. By March 1916 they had accepted a final offer from the Congested Districts' Board for their estate of 6400 acres in county Mayo and over 2000 acres in county Galway. They repurchased 825 acres around Bloomfield House and almost 400 acres in county Galway. The descendants of Reverend Francis Ruttledge lived at Bloomfield until 1924 when it was sold to the Land Commission by Robin Ruttledge, the well known ornithologist, who married Rose Burke of Cloonee.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Oldhead House/Oldhead Lodge Oldhead Kilgeever Westport Louisburgh 143 Murrisk Mayo OSI Ref: L829 820
OS Sheet: 86
Discovery map: 30
Cloonee Cloonee Ballinrobe Ballinrobe Ballinrobe 23 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M181 691
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38
Bloomfield Bloomfield Robeen Ballinrobe Hollymount 37 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M253 701
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38
Bushfield Bushfield Kilcommon Ballinrobe Kilcommon 38 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M294 659
OS Sheet: 119
Discovery map: 38
Cornfield Cornfield Robeen Ballinrobe Newbrook 39 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M216 698
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • W.B. Scott, solicitor's collection, includes maps and surveys of estates of Thomas Ruttledge 1749 & 1770. Small Accs. Index 76, M.957 & M.958 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Ruttledge Papers, presented by Thomas Ormsby Ruttledge; Trinity College Dublin
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Ruttledge, 26 Nov 1861 & 29 Nov 1864, Vols 63 & 74, MRGS 39/032 & 39/037, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Rev Francis Lambert of Cornfield, Co Mayo on his assuming name and arms of Ruttledge, 27 Apr 1819. GO MS 106, 114; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical and miscellaneous papers with notes relating to the Ruttledge family in Co Mayo 18th-19th cents. Microfilm p.7397 [originals now in TCD Library]; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to David Watson of Dublin on his assuming name and arms of Ruttledge in compliance with desire of Robert Ruttledge of Bloomfield, 22 Jan 1834. GO MS 107, 90-91; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Jane wife of Thomas Ruttledge of Cornfield, Hollymount and daughter of Robert Fair of Bushfield on her assuming name and arms of Ruttledge Fair, 26 Oct 1857. GO MS 108, 193-194; National Library of Ireland
  • Photocopy of Landed Estates' Court rental, [1861], with some pages missing. ; Mayo County Library
  • Landed Estates Court Rental, Ruttledge, 26 Nov 1861, Cos Mayo & Galway. M62,665 ; Galway County Library
  • Thomas Ormsby Ruttledge Papers [TCD], genealogies, wills, family bible entries and miscellaneous papers re the Ruttledge family of Co Mayo, 18th-19th centuries. MIC/357; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Thomas Ormsby Ruttledge Papers. Microfilm P 7397; National Library of Ireland
  • Shannon Solicitors' Papers, unsorted collection, include documents re the Ruttledge family; National Archives of Ireland
  • Bloomfield, copy photos. 087/043; Irish Architectural Archive

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Modern printed sources