Landed Estates
University of Galway

Fair (Clonbur)

The Fair family were established at Cloonbur, barony of Ross, county Galway, from the late 18th century. They were agents to the Berminghams and Earls of Leitrim of Rosshill, from whom they leased a number of townlands. The Blakes described a night spent in the half built house of Mr Fair in 1823. Later generations of the Fairs entered the legal profession and were involved in the law firm of Fair and Murtagh of Athlone and Moate, county Westmeath. Through marriage with a Hodson they were also party to a number of land transactions in the Athlone area. Some members of the family are buried in Rosshill cemetery and the Lynch family, descendants of the Fairs, run the Fairhill Hotel.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Fairhill Cloonbur Ross Oughterard Cloonbur 157 Ross Galway OSI Ref: M096 557
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Clements Papers at Killadoon, county Kildare. C/1-2; Private Possession
  • Killadoon Papers, Collection List 81, correspondence from James Fair to 2nd Earl of Leitrim. MS 36064/4-6; National Library of Ireland
  • E.C. Jameson, solicitor's collection, includes deed of partition of estate of St John's, Athlone, between Patrick Grehan junior, Rev William Hodson Gunning & members of the Sproule, Fair & Hogan families. Small Acc. Index 50, D.5479-5480 & D.7207; National Archives of Ireland
  • W.B. Scott, solicitor's collection, includes mortgages of Clonrollagh, parish of Drum, Co Roscommon, by Thomas Mahon Naghten, reference to James William Fair 1864-1871. Small Accs. Index 76, D.10,715-10,717, D.10,720-10,730 ; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources