Landed Estates
NUI Galway


Colonel Francis Rolleston, a Jacobite, settled in county Tipperary in the late 17th century. His grandson was living at ffranckfort Castle, Roscrea, county Offaly, by the mid 18th century. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Mrs H.M. Rolleston held land in the parish of Castletownarra, barony of Owney and Arra, county Tipperary. Helena Mary Rolleston (nee Maunsell) was the wife of Charles Rolleston of Silver Hills, county Offaly, who died in 1820. They had five sons, the eldest James ffrank Rolleston succeeded his uncle at ffranksfort Castle. Their second son Charles Rolleston, Queen's Counsel, was Chairman of the county Mayo Quarter Sessions and assumed the name Spunner in 1867. In December 1854 the estate of Charles, Arthur William and Robert Stephen Rolleston, 668 acres in the barony of Owney and Arra, county Tipperary, was advertised for sale. By the 1870s all the Rolleston property was located in county Offaly.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Aghacashel Aghacashel Kiltubbrid Carrick-on-Shannon Aghacashel 19 Leitrim Leitrim OSI Ref: H042138
OS Sheet: 24
Discovery map: 26
Landsdown Landsdown Castletownarra Nenagh Castletown 99 Owney and Arra Tipperary OSI Ref: R748 811
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 59

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Rolleston, 8 Dec 1854, Vol 32 (46), MRGS 39/014, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rolleston Papers, 108 deeds relating to members of the Rolleston and Franck families and relatives, legal papers, account, rentals & correspondence re Rolleston and Franck estates in Cos Armagh, Offaly & Tipperary, 17th-19th centuries. Mss. 13,794-13,798, D. 23,905 - 24,012 ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Letters, deeds, and other papers relating to the affairs of the allied families of Franck and Rolleston of Frankfort, near Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, 17th to 19th c. Microfilm P.5556 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Legal documents relating to the estates of the Brown and the related families of Pearse, Westropp and Rolleston in counties Limerick and Tipperary, 18th and 19th c. Brown Papers, Ms. 8993 ; National Library of Ireland
  • A collection of maps of the Rolleston estate in the barony of Clonlisk, Offaly. 1655-1869. 16 M. 11 (1-22) ; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of Townlough Upper, Co. Tipperary, part of the estate of Charles Rolleston. Surveyed by J. I. Whitty. Lithographed quarto sheet, 1854. 16 I. 17 (24) ; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources