Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The Coole estate was purchased by Robert Gregory from the Martyns of Tullira in 1768 on his return from India and remained in the Gregory family until 1927. The Kinvara estate was purchased from the Frenches of Duras in 1769. In 1824 Richard Gregory is listed as a resident proprietor. Townlands in the parish of Kilcolgan are recorded as part of the Gregory estate in the 1830s. The agent for this estate was G. Crippage, Galway. A substantial portion of the Gregory estate was sold in the Encumbered Estates Court in the 1850s, including a townland in the parish and barony of Moycullen bought by James Henry Ryan and other substantial portions by Henry Comerford and Henry Hodgson. William Gregory was the owner of over 5000 acres in county Galway in the 1870s. In 1906 Walter R. Gregory held about 200 acres of untenanted demesne lands and a mansion house valued at £60 at Coole. An offer was accepted from the Congested Districts Board for over 3200 acres of tenanted land of the estate after 1909. In June 1927 the ''Tuam Herald'' reported that the Land Commission had taken over the estate of Lady Margaret Gregory at Coole.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Coole Coole Demesne Kiltartan Gort Kiltartan 101 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M439048
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 52
Russaun (Russane) Russaun Kilbeacanty Gort Kiltartan 101 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M483010
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 52
Roo Roo Demesne Kinvarradurrus Gort Kinvarra 107 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M338101
OS Sheet: 112
Discovery map: 52
Forthill Cottage Kilbeacanty Kilbeacanty Gort Kiltartan 101 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M480021
OS Sheet: 123
Discovery map: 52
Mount Vernon Lodge Newquay Oughtmama Ballyvaghan Abbey 1 Burren Clare OSI Ref: M271 124
OS Sheet: 3
Discovery map: 51
Delamaine Lodge Kinvarra Kinvarradurus Gort Kinvarra 107 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M370106
OS Sheet: 112
Discovery map: 52

Archival sources

  • Family papers & correspondence, 1775-1956. MSS 624. ; Emory University Library Special Collections
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Gregory lands near Coole and Kinvara, 17 November 1857, Vol 48, MRGS 39/023, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • 16 first edition Ordnance Survey maps showing the estates of Sir William Gregory of Coole Park, July 1841. LE31; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Coole Park. Photographs & Press Cuttings. 022/036.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Inventory of furniture in Coole Park, 1854. 0081/076.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Personal & Family Papers of H.R. Gregory, solicitor & Land Commissioner, includes deeds, agreement & accounts re Gregory estate in Co Galway, 19th & 20th centuries. Acc No 2001/108; National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Gregory of Killarida, Mt. Etna and O'Brennan in county Kerry and Coole, county Galway, c.1660-1955. Genealogical Office Ms.182, 241-244. ; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources