Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Ballinafad)

In the early 17th century a younger son of the Blake family of Ballyglunin, county Galway, acquired lands in county Mayo, including some from O'Kelly of Dunamona. A later generation received letters patent, dated 30 June 1681, of 1,189 acres of the Ballinafad estate, which they retained for a further two centuries. Although Ballinafad was in the parish of Drum, most of the estate was in the parish of Rosslee, barony of Carra. In 1876 two family members held almost 3,500 acres in county Mayo. The estate at Cloghballymore, parish of Killeenavarra, barony of Dunkellin, county Galway, came into the possession of the Blakes of Ballinafad in the early 19th century through the marriage of Anne Lynch and Maurice Blake. Llewellyn Blake is recorded as holding a mansion house and over 1000 acres of untenanted land there in 1906. Parts of the Ballinafad estate were sold to the Congested Districts' Board in June 1913 and June 1914. The Irish Tourist Association file refers to an 18th century map of the estate then in the college.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballinafad Ballinafad Drum Castlebar Ballinafad 57 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M220820
OS Sheet: 90
Discovery map: 31
Castlelucas Castlelucas Rosslee Castlebar Balllinafad 57 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M211 799
OS Sheet: 90
Discovery map: 38
Cloghballymore Cloghballymore Killeenavarra Gort Killeenavarra 105 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M398140
OS Sheet: 103
Discovery map: 52

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Blake of Ballinafad, Co Mayo, circa 1710- 1880. GO MS 180, 357-8; National Library of Ireland
  • Ballinafad House, photographs 2004. 149/097; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Irish Tourist Association. Topographical and General Survey, 1941-1945. Parish of Balla & Manulla. ITA/3/4; Mayo County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources