Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Lynch/Wilson Lynch (Renmore & Duras)

A Galway family who prospered in the 18th century as merchants and bankers. Patrick M. Lynch is recorded as the lessor of several townlands in the parish of Killinny, barony of Kiltartan, county Galway in 1855, formerly part of the de Basterot estate. He was also the owner of a house in the townland of Doorus Park. Patrick Lynch is also recorded as the proprietor of townlands in the parish of Duras. His agent was James Connor, of Newtown Lynch, Kinvarra. The Lynches also held Renmore on the outskirts of Galway city from the Governors of the Erasmus Smith Schools and lands in the parish of Annaghdown, barony of Clare. Patrick Lynch married Ellen Wilson and their son John inherited his uncle's estate at Belvoir, county Clare. The family name became Wilson-Lynch. The Wilson-Lynch estate amounted to over 5000 acres in the 1870s with a further estate of over 3000 acres in county Clare. In 1906 John Wilson Lynch is recorded as the owner of about 150 acres of untenanted demesne land in the Doorus Park area where the mansion was situated.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Newtown Lynch Doorus Park Kinvarradoorus Gort Doorus 103 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M325132
OS Sheet: 112
Discovery map: 52
Renmore House Rinmore St Nicholas Galway Galway East Urban 42 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M317 258
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 45
Waterdale Waterdale Claregalway Galway Claregalway 66 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M370 356
OS Sheet: 70
Discovery map: 46
Belvoir Belvoir Clonlea Limerick Castlecrine 115 Tulla Lower Clare OSI Ref: R507 708
OS Sheet: 43
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Wilson Lynch Papers. LE6; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Lynch, 28 Apr 1876 & 6 July 1878, Vol 123 & 134, MRGS 39/056 & 39/060, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Map and survey of part of Renmore surrendered to Governors of Erasmus Smith's College by J. W. Lynch in Nov 1891. 21.F.76(34); National Library of Ireland
  • Lynch of Galway and Doorus, copy marriage settlement and conveyance with Burkes of Ower, 1785 & 1804. GSO1/9; Galway County Council Archives
  • Estate records of Denis J. Kirwan and Sons, land agents, Tuam, mid 19th - mid 20th centuries, including account book of rents received, 1909-1921. Acc. No. 5124; National Library of Ireland
  • Waterdale House photos. 022/095; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Fr. Martin Heaney Collection, Mayo Abbey: Account Book containing historical notes on Co Mayo castles, landed families, Archbishops of Tuam, Mayors of Galway. P45/09/03: 85; Tuam Diocesan Archives, Tuam
  • Genealogical notes on Lynch of Duras & Renmore by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources