Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Vereker (Viscount Gort)

Lough Cutra or Lough Cooter was originally O'Shaughnessy land which was granted to Thomas Prendergast at the end of the 17th century. Lord Gort is described as a resident proprietor in county Galway in 1824. It passed through the Prendergasts to the Verekers in the 19th century. J.P Vereker, of Roxboro, Limerick, was the proprietor of some townlands in the parish of Beagh in the 1830s and the agent for these was P. Kelly. James Slator and James Lahiff of Gort are also recorded as agents for Lord Gort and W. Forster as a middleman. Lord Gort sold his county Galway estate in the Encumbered Estates' Court in the early 1850s. In 1852 the Freeman's Journal reported that Lough Cooter was purchased by James Caulfield, in trust for Mrs. Ball, superioress of the Loretto Convent, Rathfarnham. Vicesimus Knox was the purchaser of several other lots at the same sale. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Lord Gort held land in the parish of Caheravally, barony of Clanwilliam, county Limerick. This estate was comprised of 940 acres in the 1870s. His brother the Honourable John Vereker owned 1,482 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Lough Cutra (Lough Cooter) Loughcooter Demesne Beagh Gort Ardamullivan 97 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: R460973
OS Sheet: 129
Discovery map: 52
River View Cloonnahaha Beagh Gort Gort 99 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M446004
OS Sheet: 122, 123, 128
Discovery map: 52
Roxborough Roxborough Caheravally Limerick Roxborough 57 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R583 517
OS Sheet: 13
Discovery map: 65
Strand House Stonetown St Nicholas Limerick Limerick Urban No 2 Limerick City Limerick OSI Ref: R572 573
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 65
Bellefield Stonetown St Nicholas Limerick Limerick Urban No 2 Limerick City Limerick OSI Ref: R572 576
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Lough Cutra estate, 27 May 1851, Vol 7 MRGS, 3 & 11 May 1852, Vol 15, MRGS 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Lough Cutra. Photographs & Press Cuttings. 022/048.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • BURNS, Martina. ''The evolution of the cultural landscape of the Lough Cutra estate''. Unpublished MA Thesis. 1997.; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Glin Papers, Glin Castle, Co Limerick, include photocopy of "Notes on the Gort family collected and copied for his nephew, Vereker M. Hamilton, by [the 4th] Viscount Gort" 1879-1880.; Private Possession
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Gort, (Roxborough), 23 June 1852, Vol 16 (37), 17 June 1853, Vol 21 (35), MRGS 39/007, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Vereacre afterwards Vereker of Ballincurrig, Co Cork, Grange in South Liberties of Limerick, Roxborough, Viscounts Gort, c 1630-1810. GO MS 112:176-177; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Smyth of Yorkshire, also Smyth of Limerick, later Prendergast, Barons Kiltarton with descendants Vereker, Viscounts Gort, c 1641-1810. GO MS 112:178-181; National Library of Ireland
  • Vereker Papers, Viscounts Gort, include deeds, legal & estate records, re estates on Isle of Wight, in London & in Co Limerick, 1712-1914. E/GOR; London Metropolitan Archives: city of London
  • Copies of Miscellaneous Irish Estate Papers, include rough map of location of Gort estates, together with brief particulars of their rentals & charges upon them: the unentailed estate had a rental of £3,200, the entailed of £2,300 & the Roxborough estate, Co. Limerick, of £800, charged with at least £61,000. Drawn up in connection with marriage of the Hon. Caroline Gage & the Hon. Standish Prendergast Vereker, son and heir of Viscount Gort, 1847. T3483/1/23; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Pyne Papers, 23 deeds mainly concerning lands in Co. Cork in which members of the Pyne family were parties, other parties include members of this family, 1783-1895. D 7194-7219; National Library of Ireland
  • S.R. & C. Walker, solicitors' collection (1962), contain documents re the Gort estate, co Galway, including rental 1842 & valuation of furniture in Lough Cutra Castle, 1842. M.6097; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources