Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Miller (Milford)

A family of Cromwellian settlers who were granted over 1,000 acres in the parishes of Kilmainemore and Kilcommon, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo in 1667. Originally established at Ballycusheen they settled at Milford, parish of Kilmainemore, in the early 18th century. They also held lands along the shore of Killary harbour in the 18th century from the Blakes of Renvyle and inherited part of the Cloghastookeen estate, parish of Kilconickny, barony of Dunkellin, county Galway, through marriage with a Croasdaile heiress. Croasdaile Bowen Miller is recorded as one of the principal lessors in the parish of Kilconickny, barony of Dunkellin, in 1855. In 1876 the Milford estate was comprised of 1404 acres in county Mayo and 651 acres in county Galway. It was reduced in size by sales to the Congested Districts' Board and the Land Commission but the Ormsby family, who inherited the property from the Millers early in the 20th century, still farm 300+ acres. This is one of the few county Mayo estates still in the possession of the descendants of the original grantees.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballynew House Drumask Aglish Castlebar Turlough 69 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M164 918
OS Sheet: 78
Discovery map: 31
Milford Milford Demesne Kilmainemore Ballinrobe Dalgan 32 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M298 587
OS Sheet: 122
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Milford Papers, contact John Ormsby, Milford, Kilmaine, Co Mayo; Private Possession
  • Letters and papers relating to Browne v Miller duel, fought in 1748 at Kilmaine, Co Mayo. Microfilm p.3793; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to Christopher Bowen of Milford, Co Mayo, 1 Feb 1812. GO MS 106, 23; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the family of Brigadier General Charles Miller, late of Milford, Co Mayo, 1 Feb 1812. GO MS 106, 24; National Library of Ireland
  • Longfield, Kelly & Armstrong, Solicitors' Papers, re the Miller estate, includes draft conveyance Ormsby Bowen Miller to Charles Croasdaile Ormsby, 1904, 1876-1904. Small Accs. Index 47, Bundle 12 No 275, 2C 47 31 & 2C 47 123-4 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Salruck Papers, contact Bowen Ormsby, Salruck, Lettergesh, Renvyle, Co Galway; Private Possession
  • Blake Family Records. Rent roll of the Renvyle and Lehinch estates of Henry Blake, 1740-1741. MS 10790 (21); National Library of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), part of Clostoken estate in Dunkellin barony, 29 May1863, Vol 68, MRGS 39/034 (microfilm copy in NUI, Galway); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), part of Clostoken estate in Dunkellin barony, 11 Nov 1862, Vol 66, MRGS 39/033 (microfilm copy in NUI, Galway); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Ormsby of Louth, Co Lincoln, of Lissagallon & Ballymurray, Co Roscommon, of Ballinamore, Carondangan, Knockmore & Milford, Co Mayo and of Toronto, Canada, c 1500-1871. GO MS 182: 92-94; National Library of Ireland
  • Notes and cuttings re Co Roscommon, compiled by R.D. Walshe, includes a newspaper cutting re Miller/Young marriage 1777. MS 14,033; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources