Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Clements & Caulfeild

The Rosshill estate in the parishes of Ross, Cong and Ballinchalla, barony of Ross, county Galway, was inherited by the Earls of Leitrim and Charlemont through their marriages with the two heiresses of William Bermingham who died in 1799. The Fair family of Clonbur were for many years agents for the Rosshill estate. Apparently the estate was put up for sale in June 1860 to buy out the Charlemont interest and part of it was sold, mainly to the Guinness family. The remainder stayed in the possession of the Clements' family until the early 20th century. It appears to have been augmented by some purchases from the Landed Estates' Court including the Gildea estate in the parish of Ross in 1865 and in the 1870s the estate amounted to over 18,000 acres. The 3rd Earl of Leitrim left his estate in the barony of Ross to his cousin Colonel Henry Theophilus Clements of Ashfield Lodge, county Cavan and not to his nephew and successor the 4th Earl of Leitrim. By March 1916 Henry J.B. Clements had accepted an offer from the Congested Districts' Board for the purchase of his estate in counties Mayo and Galway.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rosshill Kilbeg Lower Ross Oughterard Cloonbur 157 Ross Galway OSI Ref: M087 569
OS Sheet: 27
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Killadoon Papers, Collection List 81; National Library of Ireland
  • Clements Papers at Killadoon, county Kildare; Private Possession
  • Leitrim Papers, Stock Book for Rosshill Farm 1857-1860. MS 5793; National Library of Ireland
  • Leitrim Papers, Collection List 49; National Library of Ireland
  • Leitrim Papers, rentals of Rosshill estate, 1864-1869. MS 32,660-32,661 & MS 3,813-3,815; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Charlemont and Leitrim, 28 June 1860, Vol 59, MRGS 39/030, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Mahon & Blake, 2 Feb 1860, Vol 58, MRGS 39/029, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rosshill House photos. 022/085 ; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Joyce, Mackie & Lougheed, auctioneers' collection, includes deed of attornment from the tenants of Maumtrasna and Glenbeg, barony of Ross, to 3rd Earl following his purchase of these lands, 22 June 1865. D.15875; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources