Landed Estates
University of Galway

Browne (Breaghwy)

A junior branch of the Brownes of the Neale, county Mayo, was located in the parish of Breaghwy in the barony of Carra, county Mayo, from the late 17th century. Although recorded as resident early in the 19th century, they appear to have followed military careers for much of the 19th century. Their estate of 1689 acres was advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1855 at the petition of John William Rhodes, who held the advertised lands at the time of Griffith's Valuation. However in 1876 the Brownes owned 1577 acres so they were able to redeem most of their estate.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Breaghwy Lodge Breaghwy Breaghwy Castlebar Breaghwy 63 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M179 896
OS Sheet: 79
Discovery map: 31

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Browne, 17 May 1855, Vol 34, MRGS 39/016, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Browne of England and of The Neale, Westport, Breafwy, Palmerstown, Ellistron and Brownestown, Co Mayo 1438-1845. GO MS 172, 4-41; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Browne of Breafy with descent from Viscount Montague, c 1500-c 1750. GO MS 159, 50-52; National Library of Ireland
  • Breaffy House press cuttings. 132/041; Irish Architectural Archive

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources