Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne/Dillon-Browne (Glencorrib)

A branch of the Browne family of the Neale, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo, settled near the village of Kilmaine and were generally known as of 'Ellistron' in the 18th century. In 1681 Valentine Browne was granted over 2,000 acres in the baronies of Kilmaine, Carra, Gallen and Tirawley, county Mayo with lands in counties Galway and Clare. In the 18th century the main part of the estate was in the parishes of Kilmainemore and Shrule. Two of the townlands belonging to them in the parish of Shrule, Mocorha and Bunnafollistran, had been sold to Sir Walter Blake in September 1699 by the trustees for the sale of the estate of Colonel John Browne of Westport. Robert Browne of Ellistron, parish of Kilmainemore, had a son Arthur who lived at Turin in the early 19th century. By the time of the first Ordnance Survey the Brownes were living at Glencorrib in the parish of Shrule. The last member of the family to reside at Glencorrib was Robert Dillon Browne, Member of Parliament and well known duellist, who sold the Browne estate in the barony of Kilmaine and the Holywell estate in the barony of Costello, county Mayo, in the early 1850s. The Glencorrib estate was bought by the Higgins family of Westport and James D.Meldon and the Kilmaine lands by Robert Tighe and Robert Fair. In 1882 over 150 acres in the baron of Longford, county Galway, the property of Arthur and Anne Dillon-Browne was offered for sale in the Land Judges court. In July 1882 the Irish Times reported that the Court had been informed that the tenants on the estate were willing to offer a total of £1106 to buy the property but that the owner sought a bid of up to £3000. The sale was adjourned.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Turin Turin Kilmainemore Ballinrobe Kilmaine 24 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M276 578
OS Sheet: 122
Discovery map: 38
Glencorrib Bunnafollistran Shrule Ballinrobe Shrule 34 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M216 529
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 38
Ellistron Castle Ellistron Parks Kilmainemore Ballinrobe Kilmaine 24 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M241 611
OS Sheet: 118
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Dillon-Browne, 5 Nov 1850 & 28 Jan 1851, Vols 3 & 5, MRGS 39/001 & 39/002, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Harvey of Duffcarrig Papers, contact Pádraig G. Lane, Co. Cork; Private Possession
  • Pedigree of Browne of England and of The Neale, Westport, Breafwy, Palmerstown, Ellistron and Brownestown, Co Mayo 1438-1845. GO MS 172, 4-41; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Judges' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Dillon-Browne, 14 July 1882, Vol 143, MRGS 39/063, (microfilm copy in NUIG).; National Archives of Ireland
  • Deed of house, mills & lands at Shrule, Matthew Browne to John Gallagher, 3 Dec 1771. Small Accs. Index 61, D.6376; National Archives of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Authority. Topographical and General Survey, 1941-1945. File Mayo East 1-24, parish of Kilmaine (Turin Castle including floor plans); Mayo County Library

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources