Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Kenny (Ballinrobe)

A family established in the Ballinrobe area, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo, from the late 17th century. They held land from the Earls of Lucan, the Ruttledges, the Cuffs and later from the Knoxes of Creagh. They were also involved in the brewing and milling industries in the town of Ballinrobe. They lived at Rocksborough, a short distance outside the town during the 18th century and then moved into their house, Robe Villa, in the town. In June 1855 Courtney Bermingham Kenny was granted a lease of Brendrum or Blakehill in the parish of Cong, county Galway by the Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. This property was advertised for sale in 1861 but the Irish Times reports that it was bought back by the owner for £1600. In 1876 Stanhope Kenny owned 598 acres in county Mayo. John Hearne was their agent from 1880s-1910. Most of their estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 1 Dec 1913.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Summerville/Villa Lodge Rossbeg Oughaval Westport Westport Rural 154 Murrisk Mayo OSI Ref: L971 838
OS Sheet: 87
Discovery map: 31
Robe Villa Knockanotish Ballinrobe Ballinrobe Ballinrobe 23 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M190 646
OS Sheet: 118
Discovery map: 38
Liskilleen Liskilleen Ballinrobe Ballinrobe Ballinrobe 23 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M203 682
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38
Blake Hill Breandrim Ross Oughterard Clonbur 157 Ross Galway OSI Ref: M127 561
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Kenny Papers, including land agreements, estate management and financial records with some family papers, 1730-1939. Collection list, MP03; Mayo County Library
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Kenny, 15 Nov 1867, Vol 87, MRGS 39/042, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Kenny of Roxborough, Co Mayo, Yorkshire and Co Wicklow, c 1670-c 1851. GO MS 179, 116-119; National Library of Ireland
  • Kenny Photographs; Mayo County Library
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kenny, 18 Apr 1861, Vol 61, MRGS 39/031, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources