Landed Estates
NUI Galway


At the time of Griffith's Valuation Richard Foreman held two townlands in the parish of Ballindoon, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway, amounting to over 1,700 acres and previously part of the Bunowen estate of the O'Neills. Thomas Bennett had bought one of the townlands, Beaghcaunneen, from the O'Neill sale and leased it in late 1852 to Richard Foreman for 999 years. The assignees of Thomas Bennett advertised the sale of his interest in Beaghcaunneen in 1858 and 1859. The Freeman's Journal reported in March 1859 that the townland had been bought in trust for J.C. Lyons. In the 1870s William Foreman [a medical doctor] of Wigan in Lancashire, England, owned 3,236 acres in county Galway. It is not clear if the two Foremans are connected but the letter in the Lancashire Record Office tends to suggest that William Foreman was corresponding with a Mr Hart of Clifden, Connemara, close to the parish of Ballindoon.

No houses were found for this estate

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Bennett, 2 Feb 1858, Vol 50, MRGS 39/024, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Murphy & Orr, 22 Mar 1859, Vol 55, MRGS 39/028, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Houghton family of Lowton Papers, include letter to Dr. William Foreman, Wyend, Wigan, from N.R. Hart, Clifden, concerning the particulars of a security to be given by N.R.H., to Mr. Rochfort, and the sale by N.R.H., to a man called Antony of a score of ewes, 20 Sept 1859. DDHT 10/22 ; Lancashire Record Office

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