Landed Estates
NUI Galway


An English Protestant landed family who had settled in Waterford in the 1580s, they were associated with the parish of Affane where they had a small estate. Valentine Greatrakes (1628-1683) was widely known as a healer in county Waterford and beyond. Smith refers to a defensive structure at Norrisland, said to have been built by the Greatrakes.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Affane House Affane Affane Lismore Cappoquin 60 Decies without Drum Waterford OSI Ref: X111967
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 82

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Greatrakes; Irish Genealogical Research Society Library
  • Letter-book containing copies of letters sent to Valentine Greatrakes ("The Stroker") of Affane, Co. Waterford from Sir Edmund Godfrey and others, May 1666 - Oct. 1671. Ms. 4728 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Memorandum of an agreement between Valentine Greatrakes and the Earl of Cork concerning the boundaries of an estate in County Waterford, May 24, 1669. Ms. 8143; National Library of Ireland
  • Lismore Papers: Letters from William Greatrakes re financial matters, 1603, and from Valentine Greatrakes re Ballegallon and Killbree [Co. Cork.], 1649-1650 Ms. 13,239 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Assignment by Mary Turner to Valentine Greatrakes of lands of Ballinamegh and Gortnaglogh, Co. Cork, Jan. 1655 (1656). Lease D. Enderby to V. Greatrakes of lands in Coshmore and Coshbride Barony, Feb. 8, 1655 (1656). Recognizance, D. Trante, J. Stoute and C. Casey, Youghal, June, 1657. D. 350 (8 - 11) ; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Bond to perform covenants of lease between Valentine Greatrakes and John Nettles and D. Enderby, Feb. 8, 1656. Assignment of part of Waterford City from C. Carnaby and T. Richardson to J. Nettles, March 8, 1656. D. 314 (5-6) ; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland

Modern printed sources