Landed Estates
NUI Galway


In 1851 Captain William Houstoun began to lease over 40,000 acres in the barony of Murrisk, county Mayo, from the 3rd Marquess of Sligo. His lease, of what became known as 'Dhulough' farm, in the parish of Kilgeever, was renewed to his son George and in the early 20th century, for a much reduced acreage, to his nephew, Alfred Houstoun Boswall. Legal documents in the Westport Estate Papers record much of the history of the Houstoun's occupation of the farm. The Houstouns also leased Delphi Lodge and fishery. The Captain's wife wrote an account of their life at Dhulough.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Doolough Glenumerra Kilgeever Westport Kilgeever 141 Murrisk Mayo OSI Ref: L846 677
OS Sheet: 106
Discovery map: 37
Delphi Lodge Tawnyinlough Kilgeever Westport Bundorragha 130 Murrisk Mayo OSI Ref: L845 661
OS Sheet: 115
Discovery map: 37

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Photos. 011/051 (Delphi Lodge) & 011/052 (Doolough Lodge); Irish Architectural Archive
  • A.J. Joyce, solicitor's collection, includes copy will of William Houstown, Dhulough 1872 & deeds re lease from Marquess of Sligo to George Houston, 1883. Small Accs. Index 89, T.5027 & D.12,852-12,853; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources