Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Plunket (Mayo & Cork)

During the 19th century the Plunkets, many of whom were prominent clerics in the Church of Ireland, held a sporting estate in the parish of Ballyovey, barony of Carra, county Mayo, from the Lynch Blosses. Thomas Plunket, Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry and 2nd Baron Plunket purchased part of the Lynch Blosse property in 1859. He had previously bought the Ballybanaun estate of the Moores of Moorehall sold in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1854. In the late 1850s he was involved in a very public dispute with Father Lavelle, the local parish priest, concerning proselytizing activities on his estate. At the time of his death in 1866 the Bishop owned more than 14,000 acres in Co Mayo. The estate was sold by his daughters to William Christian Horsfall, a Bradford worsted manufacturer, in 1868. In 1875, following Horsfall's bankruptcy, the estate was purchased by Abraham and Joseph Mitchell also of Bradford. The Bishop's sister Catherine Plunket also owned land in the parish at Cappaghduff where she built Lough Mask Cottage later known as Drimbawn House. Her property passed to a cousin Sir Richard Bolton McCausland in 1874. In the 1970s Drimbawn was the home of the actor Robert Shaw. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Lord Plunkett held an estate in the parish of Shandrum, barony of Orrery and Kilmore, county Cork and other lands in the baronies of Dartrey, Cremorne and Monaghan, county Monaghan. In the 1870s the 4th Baron Plunket owned estates in counties Cork (1,057 acres) , Monaghan and Dublin amounting to over 3,800 acres.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Aasleagh Lodge Srahatloe Aghagower Westport Erriff 131 Murrisk Mayo OSI Ref: L895643
OS Sheet: 116
Discovery map: 37
Toormakeady Lodge Toormakeady East Ballyovey Ballinrobe Cappaghduff 29 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M088 683
OS Sheet: 109
Discovery map: 38
Drimbawn Cappaghduff East Ballyovey Ballinrobe Cappaghduff 29 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M102 675
OS Sheet: 109
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Solicitors' Deposit, title deeds, leases, rentals, maps etc for Plunket estates in Cos Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Louth, Monaghan and Cork. D/3406/A; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • 11 volumes of correspondence of George Henry Moore re administration of his estates and other family, financial and political matters 1826-1870. MSS 889-899; National Library of Ireland
  • Photos. 011/083 (Tourmakeady Lodge) & 011/053 (Drimbaun); Irish Architectural Archive
  • Crown and Peace Records, Register of Trees, Co Mayo 1775-1919. ID/51/62, p.122, 125 & Plunket of Aasleagh 137, 139, 143; National Archives of Ireland
  • McDonnell Papers, include documents re the McCausland & Plunket families, mainly 19th century. PC 917-926; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources