Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne (Neale)

A family established at The Neale, county Mayo, from the 16th century which they were regranted along with other Mayo lands under the Acts of Settlement. The estate of the Lords Kilmaine included most of parish of Manulla, plus lands in the parishes of Aglish and Islandeady, barony of Carra. In the barony of Kilmaine most of their estate was in the parishes of Kilmolara and Ballinchalla with smaller holdings in the parishes of Ballinrobe and Cong. They also owned land in the parishes of Ross and Cong, barony of Ross, county Galway and in the parishes of St Peters and Cam, barony of Athlone, county Roscommon. In 1876 the 4th Baron owned 11,564 acres in county Mayo, 2151 acres in county Galway and 979 acres in county Roscommon and estates of about 2000 acres in each of the counties Westmeath and Wexford. The main family residence was then located at Galston House, Killucan, county Westmeath. Although the family were very active in the local affairs of county Mayo in the 17th and early 18 centuries, they were largely absentee by the 19th century and their estate in county Mayo was administered by agents, such as Charles Cromie, a nephew of the 2nd Baron. Parts of the estates in counties Wexford, Westmeath, Roscommon (over 1,000 acres at Monksland, barony of Athlone), Galway (over 2,000 acres in the barony of Ross) and Mayo (230 acres in the parish of Cong) were advertised for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in 1875. The Brownes sold over 2000 acres of their estate to the Congested Districts' Board in February 1907 and another 1660 acres in July 1914.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
The Neale Nealepark Kilmolara Ballinrobe Neale 25 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M190 590
OS Sheet: 121
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Browne Family, Barons Kilmaine Estate Papers: family and estate records relating to property in County Mayo 1850-1950 MS 11478; Trinity College Dublin
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Kilmaine, 19 Nov 1875, Vol 121, MRGS 39/055, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rent ledger 1856-8. MS 5822 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Letters and papers relating to Browne v Miller duel, fought in 1748 at Kilmaine, Co Mayo. Microfilm p.3793; National Library of Ireland
  • Detailed abstracts of wills of Browne of the Neale, co Mayo 1700-1757. GO MS 139, 133-4; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Browne of the Neale and others, c 1680-1858. GO MS 179, 24-6 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Photocopies of deeds, correspondence etc relating to the Neale, Co Mayo 17th-18th cents. T/3134; Public Record Office, Northern 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

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