Landed Estates
University of Galway

Bell (Purrauns)

In 1667 Robert Bell, an orphan, was granted over 1,800 acres in the baronies of Kilmaine and Clanmorris, county Mayo, including Parran. A deed of 1716 gives genealogical details of the Purrauns branch of the Bell family of county Mayo at that time. Arthur Bell was resident at Purrans in 1814. He appears to have mortgaged Purrauns to the Marquess of Sligo which resulted in litigation involving the Bodkins and Clendinings. He married Ann Bodkin of Kilcloony, county Galway, and they were the grandparents of John Birmingham, the astrologer. The Purranes estate in the parish of Kilcommon, barony of Kilmaine, was let to James Lynch in the 1830s and at the time of Griffith's Valuation.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Purrauns Purrauns Kilcommon Ballinrobe Coonard 36 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M305 693
OS Sheet: 111
Discovery map: 38