Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Lopdell

A family who came to Ireland in the mid 17th century and purchased land in county Galway. They were settled in the Athenry locality by the mid 18th century. The house at Fiddane had previously been part of the Blake Forster estate but it came into the lands of the Lopdell family in the mid-18th century. In 1824 Christopher Lopdell, of Athenry, is recorded as a resident proprietor in county Galway. John Lopdell held lands in the parish of Killinny, barony of Kiltartan, in the 1850s. There appears to have been some internal dispute relating to the will of John Lopdell, senior, as witnessed by a report in ''Connaught Journal'' in 1823. In the 1830s townlands in Kilconickny parish are recorded as being part of the Lopdell estate. Lands belonging to the estate of John Joseph Lopdell were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in July 1851. In the 1850s John Lopdell was leasing a property valued at £16 from Thomas Courtney in the townland of Prospect, parish of Athenry. Captain Lopdell is recorded as the owner of over 1300 acres in county Galway in the 1870s. The Lopdell family resided at Raheen House, outside Athenry but are associated with other properties in the town also.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castle Lodge/Fiddane House Fiddaun Beagh Gort Beagh 98 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: R404950
OS Sheet: 128
Discovery map: 52
River View Cloonnahaha Beagh Gort Gort 99 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M446004
OS Sheet: 122, 123, 128
Discovery map: 52
Rosehill Ballyboy Beagh Gort Beagh 98 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: R424972
OS Sheet: 128
Discovery map: 52
Prospect Prospect Athenry Loughrea Athenry 108 Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M498274
OS Sheet: 84
Discovery map: 46
Athenry House Athenry Athenry Loughrea Athenry 108 Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M502275
OS Sheet: 84
Discovery map: 46
Raheen (Athenry) Raheen Athenry Loughrea Athenry Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M493283
OS Sheet: 84
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Lopdell estate in barony of Leitrim, 3 July 1851, Vol 9, 39/004(microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • E.J. French solicitors' records, include references to the Lopdell family of Co Galway. Small Accs. Index 8; National Archives of Ireland
  • Athenry House (now demolished). Photographs. 022/004. ; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Prospect House, Athenry. Photographs. 046/013. ; Irish Architectural Archive

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources