Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Merlin Park)

The Blakes of Moyne, parish of Shrule, county Mayo, were descended from the Blakes of Ardfry, county Galway. Under the Acts of Settlement they were granted the lands of Ballyglass, including Coolcon Castle, now situated in the parish of Kilcommon, barony of Kilmaine and lands in the barony of Dunmore, county Galway, amounting to more than 3,000 acres. At first they held Moyne on lease from the Earls of Clanricarde and in 1711 purchased the fee simple. In 1691 they bought the lands of Ballintober, barony of Carra, from the Blakes of Ardfry. The Ballintober lands were sold to the Moores of Moorehall in 1793. The rest of the Blake estate in counties Galway and Mayo was advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1852. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Moyne was in the possession of Paul Ward and Joseph Burke and Edward S.Power had bought part of the Blake estate in the parish of Kilcommon. Charles Ormsby Blake de Burgh in a letter to George Ormsby of the Ballinamore family refers to the destruction of his family papers in a fire while in storage in London (17 May 1900).


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Moyne Lodge Moyne Shrule Ballinrobe Shrule 34 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M256 493
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 45
Merlin Park Merlinpark Oranmore Galway Galway Rural 41 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M339 256
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 46
Coolcon Castle Coolcon Kilcommon Claremorris Garrymore 79 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M328 644
OS Sheet: 119
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blake, 19 Nov 1852, Vol 19, MRGS 39/008, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blake, 30 May 1873, Vol 110, MRGS 39/051, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Volume of printed maps of Mayo estate of Charles Blake surveyed by order of Commissioners for sale of Encumbered Estates, 1851. 16.F.1; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Charles Ormsby Blake on his assuming the name and arms of Blake de Burgh, 1 Nov 1896. GO MS 110, 210-211; National Library of Ireland
  • Consolidated final notice to tenants and adjoining owners, 1872. Acc. 999/626/3; National Archives of Ireland
  • Ballinamore Papers 1650-1935, contact A.J.Ormsby, Kilrie House, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland; Private Possession
  • Lease of a plot of land in Loughrea, Co Galway, John Tew of Dublin and Hyacinth Daly of Dalystown, Co Galway to Charles Blake of Moyne, Co Mayo, 15 Aug 1763. D 11,058; National Library of Ireland
  • Miscellaneous receipts of Walter Nugent, includes map of Merlin Park, estate of George Blake, by Peter Doyle, 1852. MS 24,560; National Library of Ireland
  • Merlin Park photos & press cuttings. 022/072; Irish Architectural Archive

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources