Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bowen (Hollymount)

In the early 17th century a branch of the Bowens of Ballyadams, county Laois, was settled in the Castlecarra area of the barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo. By the mid 18th century the Bowens were located in Hollymount. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Reverend Christopher Bowen held townlands in the parishes of Kilcommon, Kilmainemore and Ballinrobe, some of them from the Marquess of Sligo. William E.Ruttledge of Carra Villa was agent to this estate of approximately 600 acres in the early 20th century. It was vested in the Land Commission in May 1931. Robert Bowen, a brother of Reverend Christopher, had a lease (1 Nov 1837) of 168 acres of Greaghans from Patrick Kirwan of Dalgan.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Greaghans Greaghans Kilcommon Ballinrobe Kilcommon 38 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M292 629
OS Sheet: 119
Discovery map: 38
Kilrush Kilrush Kilcommon Ballinrobe Hollymount 37 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M261 685
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38
Gardenfield House [Kilcommon] Garreens Kilcommon Ballinrobe Coonard 36 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M289 698
OS Sheet: 111
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Milford Papers, contact John Ormsby, Milford, Kilmaine, county Mayo; Private Possession
  • Bowen Papers, in possession of Chrystobel Bowen, Clifton Wood Court, Bristol, England, in 1983; Private Possession
  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Kirwan, 17 Nov 1853, Vol 25, MRGS 39/011, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to Christopher Bowen of Milford, Co Mayo, 1 Feb 1812. GO MS 106, 23; National Library of Ireland
  • British Records Association Collection, includes deeds re the Bowens of Ballyadams,Co Laois & early generations of Bowen family in Co Mayo, includes pedigree (M.2387), 17th & early 18th centuries. Small Accs. Index 101; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources