Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bourke (Bunacrower)

The Earls of Mayo held an estate in the parishes of Kilmainemore and Kilcommon, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo. The Bourkes were established at Moneycrower or Bunacrower, parish of Kilmainemore from the 16th century. John Bourke was the first to live at Kill, county Kildare in the mid 17th century. In 1781 another John Bourke was created Viscount Mayo of Moneycrower and in 1785 Earl of Mayo. One of his sons, Joseph Deane Bourke, was the Protestant Archbishop of Tuam and 3rd Earl. The Bourkes were absentee landlords and were prominent as statesmen and at the Royal Court in the 19th century. The 6th Earl served as Chief Secretary in Ireland on a number of occasions in the 1850s and 1860s and was assassinated in India in 1872. In 1876 the Earl of Mayo owned 559 acres in county Mayo, 4915 acres in county Kildare and 2360 acres in county Meath. The county Mayo estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 4 March 1915. The seat of the Earls of Mayo was Palmerstown House, Naas, county Kildare.

No houses were found for this estate

Archival sources

  • Map of Ballina, Mweelis, Lecarrow and Lisheenmanus, barony of Kilmaine, surveyed by John Hamilton, Nov 1782. 21.F.72(2); National Library of Ireland
  • Family tree of descendants of John Bourke, created Baron Naas of Palmerston, on 1 Aug 1776 and Viscount Mayo of Moneycrower, Co Mayo, 19 Dec 1780. GO MS 87, 47; National Library of Ireland
  • Petitions of inhabitants of parishes in Connemara to Lord Naas concerning the erection of a causeway on Lough Corrib, 1867. MSS 9097-9098; National Library of Ireland
  • Bourke, Mayo Papers, Collection List 126; National Library of Ireland
  • Family papers of the Bourke family, Earls of Mayo. 1612 – 19th century. MS 2,919-2,922 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Deeds correspondents, legal and miscellaneous papers relating to Robert Bourke, 5th Earl Mayo, Richard Bourke, 6th Earl Mayo and Dermot Burke, 7th Earl Mayo; c.65 items 1853-1931. D.27,445-27,456; National Library of Ireland
  • Tree of children and grandchildren of John Bourke created Aug. 1, 1776, Baron Naas of Palmerston and created Viscount Mayo of Moneycrower, Co. Mayo Dec. 19, 1780. Genealogical Office: Ms.87, p.47 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy deeds and legal papers relating to the Bourke family, Earls of Mayo, including Joseph Deane Bourke (d. 1807) Archbishop of Tuam and 3rd Earl of Mayo; Richard Bourke (1771-1843) Bishop of Waterford and Lismore and Joseph Bourke (1767-1832) Dean of Ossory. Ms 560; Representative Church Body Library

Contemporary printed sources