Landed Estates
NUI Galway


James Butler Stoney and his son, Robert Vesey Stoney, built up a considerable estate in the Burrishoole area, county Mayo, in the latter half of the 19th century. They also purchased land near Boyle in county Roscommon. The Elwood lands of Knockroe and Kilkeeran, barony of Kilmaine, came into their possession through marriage. By 1876 they owned almost 7,000 acres in county Mayo, most of which was sold to the Congested Districts' Board on 30 June 1900. On 29 Jan 1914, 764 acres in county Roscommon, belonging to Robert Vesey Stoney, were vested in the Congested Districts' Board. In February 1855 George Waller Vesey, James Butler Stoney and Arthur Rowley Symes offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court lands in the barony of Tyrawley, county Mayo, as well as property in counties Cavan and Dublin. The Cavan lands amounted to 491 acres in the parish of Moybologue, held under a conveyance from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners dated 21 May 1838. George Foote was the purchaser of the county Mayo lands and Thomas Chambers, the Earl of Lanesborough and Patrick Clarke of those in county Cavan.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rosturk Castle Rosturk Burrishoole Newport Newport West 148 Burrishoole Mayo OSI Ref: L872 955
OS Sheet:
Discovery map: 30
Rossyvera Rossyvera Burrishoole Newport Newport West 148 Burrishoole Mayo OSI Ref: L932 952
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 31
Rockfleet Castle Rockfleet Burrishoole Burrishoole Newport West 148 Burrishoole Mayo OSI Ref: L930 953
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 31

Archival sources

  • Solicitors' Papers re Stoney estate, including abstract of title and Land Commission papers. Acc. 1146/1 & 1146/4; National Archives of Ireland
  • Westport Estate Papers, rental of the estate of Robert Vesey Stoney of Rosturk, Mallaranny for the years ending Nov 1884 and Nov 1919. MS 41,078/2-3; National Library of Ireland
  • Rosturk Castle photos. 011/081; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Vesey, Stoney & Symes, 6 Feb 1855, Vol 33 (22), MRGS 39/015, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources