Landed Estates
University of Galway


Edward Fynn of Shrule, county Mayo bought the lands of Ballymacgibbon, parish of Cong, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo, from Colonel John Browne of Westport and his creditors' trustees in September 1699 for £243. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Fynns held four townlands in the parish of Cong. In 1876 Jane Fynn of Ballymacgibbon owned 620 acres in county Mayo. The mother of Sir William Wilde was a Fynn of Ballymacgibbon. In 1862 Sir William bought part of the Fynn estate, 170 acres of Gortachurra, when it came up for sale in the Landed Estates Court. The Irish Times reported that the sale realised £3460 for the Fynn estate. Wilde built Moytura House on this land. The Fynn family also had an interest in the Chambers' estate at Kilboyne, parish of Ballyhean, barony of Carra, through a marriage between the two families and this was sold by the trustees of John Fynn's will, John Charles Larminie and John Thompson, in 1860.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballymacgibbon House Ballymacgibbon Cong Ballinrobe Houndswood 33 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M182 544
OS Sheet: 121
Discovery map: 38
Moytura Gortacurra Cong Ballinrobe Houndswood 33 Kilmaine Mayo OSI Ref: M174 543
OS Sheet: 121
Discovery map: 38

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Larminie & Fynn, 3 July 1860, 14 May 1861 & 14 Jan 1862, Vol 59, 61 & 64, MRGS 39/030, 39/032 & 39/033, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Moytura House photos & cuttings. 022/075; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Crown and Peace Records, Register of Trees, Co Mayo 1775-1919. ID/51/62, p. 154 (Wilde of Ballymagibbon); National Archives of Ireland

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