Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Renvyle)

Henry Blake returned from Montserrat in 1676 and, according to Martin J. Blake, bought the Lehinch estate at Hollymount, county Mayo, about 600 acres, from the patentee John Porter. He also bought the Renvyle estate, county Galway, from Richard Nugent, Earl of Westmeath in 1680. In 1780 the estates passed to a cousin, Valentine Blake of Mullaghmore and Windfield, county Galway, whose son Henry Blake of Renvyle sold part of his Lehinch estate, including his house, to Thomas Lindsey of Hollymount circa 1812 and the rest of the estate was bought by the 2nd Marquess of Sligo in 1818. The Lehinch estate was in the parishes of Kilcommon, barony of Kilmaine and parish of Tagheen, barony of Clanmorris. The Renvyle estate of nearly 13,000 acres in the parish of Ballynakill, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway, was visited by Henry Blake for the first time in 1811. He refused to renew the O'Flaherty's lease of the property and took up residence there in the early 1820s. His descendants continued to live at Renvyle until the early 20th century. A large portion of the estate was sold in the early 1850s. Mrs Caroline Blake of Renvyle owned an estate of 4,682 acres in the 1870s. The author Oliver St John Gogarty bought the house and about 200 acres in 1917 and entertained many well known artists and literary figures there.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Lehinch Lehinch Demesne Kilcommon Ballinrobe Hollymount 37 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M269 698
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38
Renvyle Rusheenduff Ballynakill Clifden Rinvyle 31 Ballynahinch Galway OSI Ref: L677 638
OS Sheet: 9
Discovery map: 37

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Blake Family Records. Rent roll of the Renvyle and Lehinch estates of Henry Blake, 1740-1741. MS 10790 (21); National Library of Ireland
  • Volume of 22 maps of 8230 acres in the parish of Ballynakill, barony of Ballynahinch, the estate of Henry Blake of Rinvyle, prepared by direction of the Commissioners for Encumbered Estates, includes small lithograph of Renvyle house and surrounding area, 1852. M98; Galway County Library
  • Renvyle photos, press cuttings & pamphlet on hotel. 022/084; Irish Architectural Archive

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Modern printed sources