Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Ardfry)

By patent dated 24 Feb 1681 the Blakes were granted almost 12,000 acres in counties Galway and Mayo, mainly in the baronies of Athenry, Dunkellin and in the barony of Kilmaine and 900 acres in county Meath. They later gained possession of lands at Wallscourt, in the barony of Leitrim, which had previously belonged to the Wall family. Lord Wallscourt held over 2800 acres in county Galway in the 1870s. In 1906 Lord Wallscourt held over 140 acres of untenanted demesne as well as the house at Ardfry.

Associated Families

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ardfry Ardfry Ballynacourty Galway Ballynacourty 53 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M348211
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 46
Prospect Hill Prospect Hill Ballynacourty Galway Ballynacourty 53 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M352208
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 46
Seafield Seafield Ballynacourty Galway Ballynacourty 53 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M374214
OS Sheet: 95
Discovery map: 46
Furzepark House Treanlaur Ballynacourty Galway Ballynacourty 53 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M362218
OS Sheet: 95
Discovery map: 46
Wallscourt Wallscourt Kilreekil Loughrea Kilreekil 124 Leitrim Galway OSI Ref: M688204
OS Sheet: 98
Discovery map: 46
Newgrove House Newgrove Kilreekill Loughrea Kilreekill 124 Leitrim Galway OSI Ref: M692227
OS Sheet: 98
Discovery map:

Archival sources

  • Papers relating to property at Ardfry & lawsuit with Lady Wallscourt, 1820-65. D. 20,327-31, M.3354-64. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Report on estate of Lord Wallscourt, 1865. M.3364. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), W.V.F. Hickman estate at Wallscourt, 12 Feb 1852, Vol 13, 39/006(microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Ardfry. Photographs. 022/002.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Large collection of solicitors' records including documents re the Blake family of Wallscourt, 18th-19th centuries. E.J.French solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 8; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources