Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne (Claremount)

There are references in the will of the 1st Earl of Altamont to the purchase of part of the Bell estate in the barony of Clanmorris, county Mayo, to provide for his younger sons. Various members of the Browne family of Westport held land in the Claremorris area in the latter part of the 18th century and Denis Browne, younger brother of the 1st Marquess of Sligo, appears to have bought the lease of the house - Claremount - from the Kirwans circa 1800. His descendants held a large estate in the parishes of Kilcolman and Tagheen, barony of Clanmorris, and in the parishes of Annagh and Bekan, barony of Costello. Their estate of over 5500 acres was advertised for sale in 1860 and some of the estate was sold, including much of the town of Claremorris. Property in the baronies of Gallen and Clanmorris, owned by Emily Alicia Browne and Hans S.H. Browne, were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court in July 1876. The purchasers were Reverend Dominick Browne, in trust, R. Joynt, J.P. Treston and Mr. Connay. In 1876 James Denis Howe Browne of London still held 3629 acres in county Mayo. He left his estate to his sisters and the remainder of the estate was sold in the early 20th century. The Westport Estate Papers contain administrative records relating to the Claremount estate in the latter part of the 19th century.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Claremount Claremount Kilcolman Claremorris Claremorris 88 Clanmorris Mayo OSI Ref: M339 783
OS Sheet: 101
Discovery map: 39

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Browne, 27 Nov 1860, Vol 60, MRGS 39/030, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Letter book of Maurice Hewson, agent, Claremount House, Claremorris, Aug 1843-Sept 1848. MS 5402 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Disentailing deed Charlotte E. Browne to Granville D.Gordon, 18 May 1904. Acc. 1147/9; National Archives of Ireland
  • Lease of property in town of Claremorris, 1803 and incomplete Landed Estates' Court rental 1860. Acc. 999/626; National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rental for lots 5-43, [1860]. ; Mayo County Library
  • Claremount photos. 052/096; Irish Architectural Archive

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Modern printed sources