Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The main Nisbett estate was centred around Derrycarne Demesne near Dromod. They had originally lived at Aughry castle nearby which had been built by Major John Nisbet in the 1680s after he had received a grant of land there. Major Nisbet, who was originally from Scotland, married a Crofton of Mote Park, county Roscommon. Aughry castle was attacked by the Jacobites in 1690 and his wife was killed. Various members of the family served as High Sheriff of Leitrim from the late seventeenth century up to the 1820s. The Nesbitt's remained in Derrycarne until the 1850s. The Nisbett estate, when first advertised for sale in 1852, included land in the parish of Kilglass, Ballintober North, county Roscommon, which was in the possession of Henry S. Pakenham Mahon at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The estate at Derrycarne was purchased in 1858 by William Ormsby Gore. In 1867 members of the Nisbett family offered lands over 400 acres for sale at Cloonboynagh, barony of Mohill in the Landed Estates' Court. In the 1870s James Nisbett was the owner of 470 acres in county Leitrim.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Derrycarne Derrycarne Demesne Annaduff Mohill Drumod 71 Mohill Leitrim OSI Ref: N022911
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map:
Aughry House Aughry Annaduff Mohill Drumod 71 Mohill Leitrim OSI Ref: N047898
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 33

Archival sources

  • Map of Nisbett property in Aughry & Dromodmore, 1824. M.5709. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Nisbett, 16 July 1852, Vol 17, MRGS 39/008, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Derrycarne, Photographs of watercolours. 086/077.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Nisbett, 26 April 1867, Vol 84, MRGS 39/041, (microfilm copy in NUIG) ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Matthew Nisbitt, of Derrygraster, Co. Leitrim; esq. His bill in chancery against Prudence Nisbitt, Prudence Heffernan, Coote & Christopher James Nisbitt, Thomas Bond, James Seely & Henry Nisbitt about the estate of his great grand-father, James Nisbitt at Tullydonnell etc., Co. Donegal & Aughabonnell, Co. Leitrim, 22 March 1793. Ms.3817; Trinity College Dublin

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources