Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Law Life Assurance Society

At the time of Griffith's Valuation this company held two townlands in the parish of Kilgeever, barony of Murrisk, nine townlands in the parish of Kilmeena, barony of Burrishoole, four townlands in the parish of Aglish and one townland in the parish of Turlough, barony of Carra, previously the estate of Sir Samuel O'Malley of Kilboyne, county Mayo. In county Galway they had taken over the vast estate of the Martins of Ballinahinch which was heavily mortgaged to them. The estate included lands in the parishes of Ross, Ballindoon, Ballynakill, Omey, Moyrus, Kilcummin, Killannin, Moycullen and Rahoon, in the baronies of Ross, Ballynahinch, Moycullen and Galway. In 1853 the estate had been surveyed by Thomas Colville Scott for a prospective buyer but the sale never happened. Members of the Robinson family of Roundstone were agents to the Society and later to the Berridge family. The ''Return of Proprietors" in the 1870s records the Society as holding over 165,000 acres in county Galway. An undated sales rental in the National Archives records the sale of the Law Life Assurance Society's county Mayo estate by Frederick Flint and Sons, auctioneers, Dublin, including the purchases made by Mr McDonnell and J.William Kelly of St Helens, Westport. The Congested Districts' Board bought just over 4,000 acres of Clare Island on 15 Mar 1895.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballynahinch Castle Ballynahinch Moyrus Clifden Bencorr 32 Ballynahinch Galway OSI Ref: L763 472
OS Sheet: 36
Discovery map: 44
Cashel Cashel Moyrus Clifden Moyrus 35 Ballynahinch Galway OSI Ref: L803 426
OS Sheet: 51
Discovery map: 44
Garroman Lodge Garroman Moyrus Clifden Moyrus 35 Ballynahinch Galway OSI Ref: L830467
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 44
Srue Srue Kilcummin Oughterard Wormhole 171 Moycullen Galway OSI Ref: M183 407
OS Sheet: 55
Discovery map: 45
Gortdrishagh House Gortdrishagh Kilcummin Oughterard Oughterard 170 Moycullen Galway OSI Ref: M111464
OS Sheet: 49
Discovery map: 45
Glendollagh House Garroman Moyrus Clifden Moyrus 35 Ballynahinch Galway OSI Ref: L841470
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 44

Archival sources

  • Rental of estates [Law Life Assurance Society] for sale, M5675 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental of estate of Law Life Assurance Society in county Mayo, Nov 1869-Nov 1870, M2794 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Case Jervis versus Berridge with reference to Connemara and Mayo estates of Law Life Assurance Society, 1872-1873. M2798 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Martin, 14 July 1852, Vol 17, MRGS 39/008, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Thomas Colville Scott Manuscript, 1853; National Library of Ireland
  • Law Life Society Financial Minute Books, contact Phoenix Assurance Company, London; Private Possession
  • Press cuttings. 022/008 (Ballynahinch) & 117/080 (Cashel); Irish Architectural Archive
  • BAILEY DENTON, J. The Law Life Assurance Society: report relating to their estates in the West of Ireland, December 1865. MS 1a 25-31. [copy at Galway County Library].; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources