Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Windfield)

This family was transplanted to Mullaghmore, parish of Moylough, barony of Tiaquin, county Galway under the Cromwellian settlement. Burke's 'Landed Gentry of Ireland' (1904) records that they purchased Windfield in 1703. Under the will of John Blake 27 Feb 1786 the estate passed to his cousin John Blake of The Heath, county Mayo, a younger son of the Blakes of Renvyle. This John Blake had married a daughter of Christopher Bowen of Hollymount and the Bowen property, known as The Heath, passed to the Blakes. Over 1200 acres of the estate of Henry Martyn Blake (1796-1857) in the baronies of Kilmaine and Clanmorris were advertised for sale in 1853 and the Kilmaine portion again in 1855. The remainder of the estate in the baronies of Clanmorris (The Heath)and Costello (Kilnock) and Tiaquin, county Galway (Brierfield) was sold by John Henry Blake in 1863. The county Galway estate of Windfield appears to have been sold to the Jameson family in the 1820s. The Annefield estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board in 1905.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Annefield Annefield Kilcommon Ballinrobe Kilcommon 38 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M295 640
OS Sheet: 119
Discovery map: 38
The Heath Heath Crossboyne Claremorris Garrymore 79 Clanmorris Mayo OSI Ref: M344 671
OS Sheet: 111
Discovery map: 39
Windfield Windfield Demesne Moylough Mountbellew Cooloo 153 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M574 437
OS Sheet: 59
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blake, 16 Jan 1855, Vol 33, MRGS 39/015, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Blake, 10 Nov 1863, Vol 70, MRGS 39/035, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blake & Lindsey, 6 June 1862, Vol 65, MRGS 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (Barrymore), Lawder & Blake, 3 May 1853. D/1201/54; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Landed Estates Court Rental, Blake, 10 Nov 1863, lands in baronies of Tiaquin, Costello & Clanmorris. D68,543; Galway County Library
  • Conveyance by Landed Estate Commissioners to John Henry Blake of a house & lands on north side of Bohermore, Galway, 19 Dec 1857. D 11,089; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources