Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Moore (Moore Hall)

An estate in the parishes of Ballintober, Ballyovey and Burriscarra in the barony of Carra, county Mayo, held by the Moore family, formerly of Ashbrook, parish of Templemore, barony of Gallen and Alicante, Spain. The Moores, who were Catholic, bought their Moore Hall property from the McDonnells and their Ballintober and Ballyovey estates from the Blakes in the early 1790s. They built a large house, which was burnt down during the Civil War. The Ballintober and Ballyovey estates were advertised for sale in 1854. The Ballyovey estate was bought by Lord Thomas Plunket, Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry. The Moores managed to keep most of the Ballintober estate. In the 1870s George Augustus Moore owned 12,371 acres in county Mayo and 110 acres in county Roscommon. Most of the Moorehall estate was sold to the Congested Districts' Board in 1912. John Moore, elected President of the Republic of Connaught in 1798, George Henry Moore,supporter of tenant right, and George Augustus Moore, author, were all members of this family.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ashbrook Ashbrook Templemore Castlebar Strade 61 Gallen Mayo OSI Ref: M274 964
OS Sheet: 71
Discovery map: 31
Moore Hall Muckloon Burriscarra Castlebar Burriscarra 35 Carra Mayo OSI Ref: M192 745
OS Sheet: 100
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Moore, 1 June & 13 July 1854, Vols 29 & 30, MRGS 39/012 & 39/013, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • 11 volumes of correspondence of George Henry Moore re administration of his estates and other family, financial and political matters 1826-1870. MSS 889-899; National Library of Ireland
  • Photostat of pedigree in Spanish of the Moores. MS 9012; National Library of Ireland
  • Cuttings of articles by J. F. Quinn on the Moores of Moore Hall. Unsorted collection; National Library of Ireland
  • Colonel Maurice Moore Papers, c 100 documents re family and affairs of the Moores, 19th-20th centuries. MS 10,566; National Library of Ireland
  • Deed re lands of Legafouca, Co Mayo, Charles [O’Hara] Baron Tyrawly to George Moore, 18 July 1717. D.15,408; National Library of Ireland
  • Deed re lands in Co Mayo, Earl of Farnham & Henry (Maxwell) Bishop of Meath to George Moore, 29 June 1789. D.15,409; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of demesne of Ballycally, [parish of Burriscarra] barony of Carra, traced for Mr Randal McDonnell, by John Adams, Apr 1752. 16.I.3(15); National Library of Ireland
  • Outline map of Moore Hall, c 1800. 16.I.3(16); National Library of Ireland
  • Map showing intended improvements at Moore Hall by --- Legge 1795. 16.I.3(17); National Library of Ireland
  • Map of Moore Hall by Michael Crisham, May 1809. 16.I.3(18); National Library of Ireland
  • Westport Estate Papers, rental of the estate of George A. Moore of Moorehall for the year ending Nov 1919 (MS 41,078/3) & other documents. Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of part of Ashbrook, barony of Gallen, surveyed by Michael Crisham, Aug 1826. 21.F.72(1); National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Moore of Barenburgh, Yorkshire, of Ashbrook, Co Mayo and of Alicanti in Spain, c 1600-1773. GO MS 161, 106-107; National Library of Ireland
  • Folder of miscellaneous items re Moores of Moorehall; Mayo County Library
  • Encumbered Estates' Court rental for the Ballintober and Ballyovey estates, 1 June 1854; Mayo County Library
  • Rent Books of Moorehall, 1870-1880, now in the possession of the Moorehall Restoration Trust, contact; Private Possession
  • Moore Hall, photos & cuttings. 011/064; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Irish Tourist Association. Topographical and General Survey, 1941-1945. Parish of Templemore. ITA/3/23; Mayo County Library
  • Crown and Peace Records, Register of Trees, Co Mayo 1775-1919. ID/51/62, pp.82, 86, 114; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources