Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Balfe

The Balfe family were settled at Heathfield in county Roscommon in the 18th century but had moved to South Park by the 19th century. Walter Balfe and his wife, Jane French of Frenchlawn, had ten sons, some of whom owned property in county Roscommon in the 19th century. In 1828 Michael Balfe of South Park was a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon. James Balfe of Southpark, county Roscommon, was advertising for sale 236 acres of Kinlough, parish of Shrule, county Mayo, in February 1850. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Thomas Balfe held the townland of Rooaunalaghta in the same parish and Nicholas Balfe held a number of townlands in the parishes of Kilglass, barony of Ballintober North and Cloontuskert, barony of Ballintober South, county Roscommon. The representatives of James Balfe also had land in the parish of Ogulla, barony of Roscommon. In the 1870s Nicholas J. Balfe of Dublin owned 110 acres in county Galway , 47 acres in county Roscommon, 433 acres in county Sligo and 412 acres in county Westmeath. Patrick Balfe of South Park owned over 6000 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s. Some of his lands in the barony of Castlereagh were offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in June 1858, November 1874 and again in February 1875. Some of these lands were held on leases from the Lyster and Murphy families. The Irish Times reported that Thomas Higgins purchased 129 acres of Balfe land at the sale in February 1875. Over 900 acres of Patrick Balfe's estate in the barony of Frenchpark had been offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in November 1860. James Balfe of Runnemead, tenth son of Walter Balfe of Heathfield, county Roscommon, died leaving four daughters and co heiresses. His daughters married into the Chichester, Berington and De Morelle families. The Chichester's eldest son, Walter George Raleigh Chichester, succeeded to the Irish estates of his mother and also to the Burton Constable estate, Yorkshire. In 1894 he took the name Constable by royal licence. 375 acres of the estate of Michael Joseph Balfe in county Galway were vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 26 Apr 1905 and a further 740 acres in county Roscommon on 4 Feb 1909. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Bernard Balfe held land in the parish of Cloonfinlough, barony of Roscommon. The estate of John Balfe in the parishes of Cloonfinlough, barony of Roscommon and Creeve, barony of Frenchpark, was advertised for sale in May 1851. It was sold in the court in June of that year when the purchasers included Mrs. Mary Carroll and Bernard Balfe. The senior branch of the Balfe family of South Park afterwards moved to Balinluska House, Myrtleville, county Cork. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Patrick Balfe owned an estate in the parishes of Aglishcormish, Dromkeen and Grean, barony of Clanwilliam, county Limerick. The interest of his niece Ellen McDermott in these lands was advertised for sale in June 1862. Captain Walter Balfe of South Park, Castlerea, owned 1,042 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Corra More Corra More or Gorteencloogh Athleague Roscommon Athleague West 74 Athlone Roscommon OSI Ref: M818 575
OS Sheet: 41
Discovery map: 40
Cleaboy House Cleaboy Ballintober Castlerea Ballintober 60 Castlereagh Roscommon OSI Ref: M725 735
OS Sheet: 34
Discovery map: 40
Heathfield Heathfield Baslick Castlerea Castleplunket 62 Castlereagh Roscommon OSI Ref: M763 787
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 40
South Park Southpark Demesne Kilkeevin Castlerea Castlereagh 65 Castlereagh Roscommon OSI Ref: M713793
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 39
Runnamoat Runnamoat Cloonygormican Roscommon Cloonygormican 75 Ballymoe Roscommon OSI Ref: M793 706
OS Sheet: 35
Discovery map: 40
Lissadorn Lissadorn Aughrim Carrick on Shannon Creeve 48 Roscommon Roscommon OSI Ref: M884 908
OS Sheet: 16
Discovery map: 33

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Balfe, 21 Feb 1850, Vol 1, MRGS 39/001, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • G. Lewin (1938), Valuation survey of Balfe estate in counties Roscommon, Sligo & Limerick, 1858. M.2593. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Berington Papers in Worcester Record Office, include papers re Balfe family estates in cos Roscommon, Galway and Limerick, c 1840-1890. Microfilms P.1532-1533; National Library of Ireland
  • Berington Papers, include rentals & estate papers relating to the estates of the Balfe family in cos Roscommon, Galway and Limerick, c 1840-1890. MSS 705:24/1795-1857. [Microfilm copy at NLI, P.1532-3].; Worcestershire Record Office
  • Rental of the [Balfe] estate in Clonriffe, alias Clonroffe & Ballymoe & Knockagonnell, Co Galway, 1863. M.3617; National Archives of Ireland
  • Papers of Sir Charles and Lady Mary Chichester includes accounts and records re the distribution of the Balfe estates in Co Roscommon, 19th century. DDCH ; Hull University, Brynmor Jones Library
  • Notice of motion for sale of estate of Michael J. Balfe to Land Commission, Balfe to repurchase demesne, Feb 1906. D 8257-8322; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Balfe, 20 November 1874, Vol 117, MRGS 39/053, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Balfe, 5 February 1875, Vol 118, MRGS 39/054, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Balfe, 29 June 1858, Vol 52, MRGS 39/025, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Balfe, 20 November 1860, Vol 60, MRGS 39/030, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Local History File - Castleplunkett, includes information re Heathfield House; Roscommon County Library
  • Collis & Ward, solicitors' collection, includes court rentals of Michael Balfe's Co Roscommon estate, 19th century. Small Accs. Index 98, Parcel 39, 2/463/43; National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Balfe, 3 July 1875, Vol 120, MRGS 39/055, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), McDermott, 19 June 1862, Vol 65 (65), MRGS 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Commonplace Book of [Julia Molyneux who married William John Talbot of Mount Talbot in August 1897] containing photographs, sketches and autographs relating to some of the 'big houses' and their residents, 1897-1901.; Representative Church Body Library

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