Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Shawe-Taylor

Walter Taylor was granted almost a thousand acres in the barony of Kiltartan, county Galway in February 1667. Following a marriage in 1825 it became the Shawe-Taylor estate and included lands in the parish of Kilmacduagh, barony of Kiltartan, county Galway in 1855. The Shawe-Taylors also held extensive property in the barony of Dunkellin. Sir John Taylor, of Castle Taylor, is recorded as the proprietor of lands in the parish of Beagh, barony of Kiltartan, and the parish of Kilcolgan in the 1830s. The Ordnance Survey Name Books record their agent as George Cuppage of Galway. The main house on the estate was at Castle Taylor, formerly Ballymagrath, close to the village of Ardrahan but they also held another house in the townland of Monksfield, between Ardrahan and Craughwell. This had been acquired from the Morgan family. In 1778 the Taylors also had a property at Raheen, closer to Gort. In 1906 Walter Shawe Taylor held over 400 acres of untenanted demesne land at Castletaylor South as well as a further 1100 acres of untenanted land in the parishes of Killinny and Kilmacduagh. The Shawe-Taylor estate was sold to the Land Commission in the 1930s by Michael Shawe-Taylor who was the last of the family to live there.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Raheen Raheen Demesne Ardrahan Gort Cahermore 102 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M442064
OS Sheet: 122
Discovery map: 52
Castle Taylor/Ballymagrath Castletaylor South Ardrahan Gort Castle Taylor 92 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M466142
OS Sheet: 104
Discovery map: 52
Monksfield Monksfield Killogilleen Loughrea Killogilleen 132 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M505150
OS Sheet: 104
Discovery map: 52
Garryland Garryland Kilmacduagh Gort Killinny Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M414034
OS Sheet: 122
Discovery map: 52

Archival sources

  • Shawe-Taylor Letters. ; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Castle Taylor. Photographs. 054/009.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Monksfield. Photograph. 096/019.; Irish Architectural Archive

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources