Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Chevers (Killian/Killyan)

The Chevers/Cheevers family originally owned estates in counties Wexford and Meath. Following their transplantation to Connacht in the mid 17th century they obtained a grant of Killian from Charles II in 1667. They acquired their property at Turlough through marriage with Margaret O'Flyn of Turlough. Later generations intermarried with the county Galway families of Lynch of Cottage and Ffrench of Ballinamore Park as well as the McDonnells of Carnacon, county Mayo. The family were still resident at Killian in the early 20th century. Besides their estate in county Galway, the Chevers had land in the parishes of Ballintober and Burriscarra, barony of Carra, county Mayo, some of it on lease from the Moores of Moorehall. The McDonnells of Carnacon acted as their agent and eventually came to hold the Chevers' lands in county Mayo through a marriage connection. In the 1870s the Chevers owned 6,116 acres in county Galway and 264 in county Mayo. Over 5,600 acres of Chevers land in county Galway was vested in the Congested Districts' Board in November 1911 and 262 acres in county Mayo was vested on 18 March 1915. Edward Chevers, created Viscount Mount Leinster in 1689, was a member of this family.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Fisherhill Carrownurlaur Breaghwy Castlebar Breaghwy 63 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M179 896
OS Sheet: 79
Discovery map: 31
Fairy Hill Fairy Hill Lickmolassy Portumna Portumna 183 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M857058
OS Sheet: 127
Discovery map: 53
Turlough House (Ballymoe) Turlough Kilcroan Glennamaddy Tobberroe 88 Ballymoe Galway OSI Ref: M689 693
OS Sheet: 7
Discovery map: 39
Killian Killian Killian Mountbellew Killian 150 Killian Galway OSI Ref: M735 498
OS Sheet: 46
Discovery map: 47

Archival sources

  • Kelly and D'Arcy Papers. LE15 ; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Pedigree of Chevers of Cos Wexford, Meath, Galway and Chevers MacDonnell of Carnacon, Co Mayo and other places, c 1450-1861. GO MS 179, 321-328 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of memoir of Frederica Sophia Cheevers. LE20; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Chevers v Chevers re lands in Co Galway. House of Lords Appeals, Vol 6; King's Inn Library
  • Pedigree of Cheevers of Cos Wexford, Meath, Derry and other places and of Cregan & Killyan House, Co Galway, also Cheevers McDonnell of Carnacon, Co Mayo, c 1450-1861. GO MS 179: 321-328; National Library of Ireland

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