Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The Gildeas were established at Port Royal in county Mayo from early in the 18th century, where they held an estate of church lands in the parish of Ballyovey, barony of Carra. Thomas Fair of Roundfort was agent to James Gildea in the 1830s. From early in the 18th century the Gildeas also leased Cloonnagashel in the parish of Ballinrobe from the Bingham family, Earls of Lucan. In 1865 James Knox Gildea was advertising for sale over 10,000 acres in the barony of Ross, county Galway and in the baronies of Carra, Clanmorris and Kilmaine, county Mayo. Most of the county Galway part of the estate was sold to the Earl of Leitrim. Part of the Portroyal estate was sold to Thomas K. Sullivan of Bandon while the Caher estate was sold to Francis Browne. The following year the Port Royal estate of 5,480 acres was purchased by the National Land and Building Investment Company for £9,000. In the early 19th century the Gildeas moved their main residence from Port Royal to Clooncormick in the parish of Kilcommon, barony of Kilmaine. In the 1870s Anthony Knox Gildea of Clooncormick owned 1,635 acres in county Mayo.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Portroyal Portroyal Ballyovey Ballinrobe Portroyal 26 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M156 741
OS Sheet:
Discovery map: 38
Cloonnagashel Cloonnagashel Ballinrobe Ballinrobe Hollymount 37 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M232 670
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38
Clooncormick Clooncormick Robeen Ballinrobe Hollymount 37 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M254 678
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Gildea, 1 June 1865, Vol 77, MRGS 39/038, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to Rev George Robert Gildea, Provost of Tuam, son of Thomas Gildea, descendant of James Gildea of Port Royal, 4 Dec 1884. GO MS 110, 59-60; National Library of Ireland
  • Westport Estate Papers, rental of the estate of Arthur K. Gildea of Clooncormack for the year ending Nov 1919. MS 41,078/3; National Library of Ireland
  • Xerox copies of entries from notebook of George Pridday, c 1840 relating to members of the Knox Gildea family of Hollymount House. Acc. 999/406; National Archives of Ireland
  • Clements Papers at Killadoon, Co Kildare, include conveyance of Maumtrasna, Glenbeg East and West to the Earl of Leitrim, 8 June 1865; Private Possession

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Modern printed sources