Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Vesey

In December 1698 John Vesey, Archbishop of Tuam from 1679 to 1716, bought almost 750 acres in the Hollymount area, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo, from the sale of the estate of Colonel John Browne of Westport. In 1703 he bought circa 2000 acres in the barony of Clanmorris from the trustees for the sale of forfeited estates. These lands had formerly belonged to James Browne and Thomas Burke. Sir Thomas Vesey of Abbeyleix, eldest son of the Archbishop, bought Togher and Lehinch from Peter Browne of Westport in 1712. His half brother George was the rector of Hollymount. Title deeds in the De Vesci Papers in the National Library suggest that Sir John Denny Vesey sold part of his estate in counties Galway and Mayo to his uncle by marriage Henry Bingham of Newbrook and part to his uncle the Reverend George Vesey in 1731. It was George's daughter Frances who married Thomas Lindsey in 1757. The Vesey estate in the Hollymount locality appears to have passed into the possession of the Lindsey family through this marriage. The Lehinch estate was in the possession of the Blakes throughout the 18th century. John Wesley visited Hollymount in 1756 and described the house and gardens built by the Archbishop.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Hollymount Hollymount Demesne Kilcommon Ballinrobe Hollymount 37 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M263 687
OS Sheet: 110
Discovery map: 38
Farmhill/Carradoyne Farmhill Crossboyne Claremorris Garrymore 79 Clanmorris Mayo OSI Ref: M325 724
OS Sheet: 111
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • De Vesci Papers, Collection List 89, in particular MS 38,775/2 & MS 38,816-38,828; National Library of Ireland
  • Sarsfield Vesey Family and Estate Papers, including correspondence from Archbishop Vesey. Small Accs. Index 17; National Archives of Ireland
  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogy of the Veseys. MS 3100; National Library of Ireland
  • Extracts of maps and surveys of forfeited estates of Thomas Bourke in parishes of Crossboyne and Kilcolman, 1701, from Add. Ms. 14,405 in British Museum, London. Microfilm p.32; National Library of Ireland
  • Hollymount House photos. 011/056; Irish Architectural Archive

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Modern printed sources