Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Joyce (Mervue)

The Joyces of Mervue, Corgary and Rahasane were all descended from a family of Joyces long established in the town of Galway. In the 18th century the Joyce family prospered in their mercantile and banking activities and began to acquire land, including the lease of Mervue from the Governors of the Erasmus Smith Schools in 1789. In 1792 they sold property in county Mayo to the Blakes of Towerhill. In the 19th century the Joyces of Mervue held lands in the baronies of Clare (Annaghdown, Claregalway and Lackagh parishes), Tiaquin (Killoscobe parish), Longford and Dunkellin, county Galway and in the townland of Kinlough, parish of Shrule, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo. By the 1870s they owned 3,742 acres in county Galway, 146 in the town of Galway and 381 acres in county Mayo. Thomas Joyce bought Rahasane Park in 1846 and in 1855 Pierce Joyce was leasing Ardfry House from the trustees of Lord Wallscourt. Frank Joyce was agent to the Earl of Clanricarde between 1882 and 1887. In 1909 Pierce Joyce had accepted an offer from the Congested Districts Board for over 300 acres of his estate.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ardfry Ardfry Ballynacourty Galway Ballynacourty 53 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M348211
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 46
Mervue/Merview Ballybaanbeg St Nicholas Galway Galway Rural 41 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M322 264
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 46
Caltra Lodge Caltra Killosolan Mountbellew Caltra 144 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M714 435
OS Sheet: 60
Discovery map: 46
Kiltullagh House Kiltullagh North Kiltullagh Loughrea Kiltullagh Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M569254
OS Sheet: 97
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Blake Papers, sale of county Mayo property in 1792. MS 10789; National Library of Ireland
  • Pamphlet concerning R. Joyce of Galway, goldsmith, early 18th century. M465; National Archives of Ireland
  • Commissions Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant to Pierce Joyce, 1864 & 1918. M3103-3104; National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers relating to the Joyce family of Merview, Galway. D19,785-19,787, M3102-3104 & T 8098-8099; National Archives of Ireland
  • Documents relating to bankruptcy of Messrs Joyce and Blake, bankers, Galway, 1815. M6872; National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Joyce of Mervue with Mark descendants, 1809-1948. GO MS 182a: 46; National Library of Ireland
  • Map showing partition of lands in Islandmore, barony of Clare, Co Galway, between Lord Fitzgerald, Pierce Joyce, Robert Bodkin and others, 1859. M3026; National Archives of Ireland
  • Mervue photos. 065/100; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Documents re the Joyces of Mervue, 19th century. Small Accs. Index 75; National Archives of Ireland
  • Collis & Ward, solicitors' collection, includes deeds re land in the barony of Clare, Co Galway, belonging to the Joyces of Mervue & abstracts of title, 1875-1920. Small Accs. Index 98, D.21,976-21,981 & Parcel 38-39, 2/463/42-43; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources