Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bowen (Annefield)

The Bowens of county Mayo appear to be descended from the Bowens of Ballyadams, Queen's county [county Laois]. At the end of the 16th century a branch of the Bowens of Ballyadams was settled at Castlecarra, parish of Burriscarra and later at Liskilleen in the parish of Ballinrobe. By the late 18th century Christopher Bowen of Hollymount, a lawyer, held the properties known as Annefield and The Heath. He had daughters who married Anthony Elwood, a younger son of Thomas Elwood of Strandhill, Cong, and John Blake of Windfield, county Galway. By his will Christopher Bowen left Annefield and The Heath to two of his grandsons respectively, Anthony Elwood, who assumed the name of Bowen, and Henry Blake. Anthony Bowen Elwood had no children and Annefield also passed to the Blake family. Anthony Bowen Elwood held lands in the parishes of Kilcommon, barony of Kilmaine, and in Kilcolman, barony of Clanmorris. He was recorded as an absentee landlord in 1802 and the estate was run by his agent, Charles Cromie, who also resided at Annefield.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Annefield Annefield Kilcommon Ballinrobe Kilcommon 38 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M295 640
OS Sheet: 119
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Milford Papers, contact John Ormsby, Milford, Kilmaine, county Mayo; Private Possession
  • Copy of grant of arms to Anthony Elwood Junior, on his assuming the name and arms of Bowen, 1 Mar 1813. GO MS 106, 41; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of Royal Licence to Anthony Elwood, a minor, to bear the name and arms of Bowen only, 10 Feb 1813. GO MS 150, 151 & 158-60; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to descendants of William Elwood of Loughmask, Co Mayo, 18 Feb 1813. GO MS 106, 43; National Library of Ireland
  • Solicitors' records from office of S. and R.C. Walker, includes lease of Annefield, Bowen to Dawson, 1854. Small Accessions Index, No. 30; National Archives of Ireland
  • Annfield photos. 011/031; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Map & survey of Kilglassin, part of estate of C. Bowen, 14 June 1771. Small Private Accessions No 1/562. M.602; National Archives of Ireland
  • Crown and Peace Records, Register of Trees, Co Mayo 1775-1919. ID/51/62, p.99; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources