Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The Binghams were military commanders sent to Connacht in the 16th century, where they settled in the Castlebar area. Sir Henry Bingham was granted large tracts of land in county Mayo at the end of the 17th century and he added to these by purchases, including some of the estate of Colonel John Browne of Westport. He also bought lands in the baronies of Carra and Gallen from the trustees for the sale of forfeited estates. Although the owners of one of the largest estate in county Mayo the Earls of Lucan were absentee landlords, pursuing political and military careers elsewhere, while their Mayo estates were administered by agents. By the 19th century their estate was concentrated in the parishes of Aglish, Turlough and Ballyhean in the barony of Carra; Ballinrobe in the barony of Kilmaine; Killedan in the barony of Gallen; Kilmaclasser in the barony of Burrishoole; Oughaval and Kilgeever in the barony of Murrisk. In 1876 the Earl owned 60,570 acres in county Mayo. From July 1898 parts of the Lucan estate in county Mayo began to be sold to the Congested Districts' Board. In 1905 over 40,000 acres were purchased by the Board for a cost of over £100,000 and in July 1911 another 10,000+ acres were bought. The Lucan Estates Company was set up in 1925. The Earls of Lucan also owned an estate of over 1,000 acres at Laleham in Middlesex. See also

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
The Lawn Gorteendrunagh Aglish Castlebar Castlebar Urban 65 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M154 904
OS Sheet: 78
Discovery map: 31
Rocklands Lightford Breaghwy Castlebar Castlebar Rural 64 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M163 879
OS Sheet: 78
Discovery map: 31
St Audries Cloonagh Aglish Castlebar Castlebar Rural 64 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M146 890
OS Sheet: 78
Discovery map: 31

Archival sources

  • File on Lucan Family; Mayo County Library
  • Lucan Papers, mainly relating to the careers of the 3rd and 5th Earls, includes financial statements relating to the Mayo estates, post 1900. P48 ; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Whitney, Moore and Keller, solicitors, Wilton Place, Dublin. Legal papers mainly refering to Laleham Estate. Shelf no 3, Ref VC.; Private Possession
  • Coutts and Co, London. Legal papers relating to Mayo estates transferred from Whitney, Moore and Keller in 1999; Private Possession
  • Day Books of Charles 5th Earl of Lucan. P49; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Deeds, correspondence etc relating to Cobham and Lucan families in Co Mayo, 1899-1900. M/ 267 ; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Deeds and estate papers relating to Middlesex and Surrey estates and testamentary records, 19th & 20th centuries. ACC/0493; London Metropolitan Archives: city of London
  • Castlebar House photos. 011/042; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Deed of settlement of his estates in Co Mayo by Sir Henry Bingham, 1640. M.6973; National Archives of Ireland
  • Rent ledgers of the Lucan estate, 2 volumes, 1835-1839 & 1848-1873. (Originals with M. J. Egan, solicitor, Castlebar, agent to Lord Lucan). Business Records Survey, Mayo 13. Microfilm MFA 4/1-2 ; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources