Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Ponsonby (Bessborough, Earl of )

The Bessborough estate held lands in the parishes of Fenagh and Kiltoghert, county Leitrim during the first half of the 19th century. However, this estate is not recorded as having land in county Leitrim in the 1870s. George Ponsonby married Mary Butler, daughter of 2nd Earl of Lanesborough, in 1781. The Lanesborough estate is also recorded as owning land in county Leitrim. Lord Bessborough is recorded as the proprietor of a large estate but having no residence in Leitrim in 1802. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Earl of Bessborough held land in the parish of Carrick, barony of Iffa and Offa East, county Tipperary, including part of the town of Carrick on Suir. In the 1870s the Earl of Bessborough owned 129 acres in county Tipperary, 23,967 acres in county Kilkenny and 10,578 acres in county Carlow.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Mount Richard Ballyrichard Carrick Carrick on Suir Carrick on Suir Rural Iffa and Offa East Tipperary OSI Ref: S400 232
OS Sheet: 85
Discovery map: 75
Tinvane Tinvane Carrick Carrick on Suir Carrick on Suir Urban 30 Iffa and Offa East Tipperary OSI Ref: S417 228
OS Sheet: 85
Discovery map: 75

Archival sources

  • Papers relating to Earl of Bessborough's estate in Leitrim including disputes with tenants, 1768-1836. D.20,179-86, 20,341-3, 20,759-767, M. 3260, 3366-85, 3619-21. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Map of the Earl of Bessborough's estate, county Leitrim, 1798. M. 3366-7. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Rentals & lists of tenants, Earl of Bessborough's estates. 1813. M.3370, 3374, 3382-4. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Letter describing grievences of tenants on Bessborough estate, 1817. M.3372. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Leases & tenants for three townlands. File 618. ; Leitrim County Library
  • Ponsonby Estate Papers, Earls of Bessborough, (including rentals for Co Leitrim estates 1828-1840 & Cos Tipperary & Waterford 1826-1842), 1826-1864. Collection List 25; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources