Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Persse (Roxborough & Moyode)

The Persse family first received grants of land in counties Galway and Roscommon in the 1670s. Some of this land had been de Burgo land and later a descendent of the Persses acquired the estate at Moyode. Lands at Moyode and Castleboy had been granted to Sir William Scawen in 1703. The Persses settled initially at Spring Garden. Afterewards they purchased Roxborough where some of the family were living by the early 18th century. Robert Persse of Roxborough established estates at Castleboy and Moyode for his sons Parsons and Burton respectively. R. Persse of Castleboy is recorded as the proprietor of townlands in the parish of Isertkelly in the 1830s. D. Persse of Roxborough is recorded as proprietor of townlands in the parishes of Isertkelly and Kilchreest in the 1830s. Burton Persse is recorded as the proprietor of lands in the parish of Kilconieron at the same time. Dudley Persse held extensive lands in the parishes of Kilchreest, barony of Dunkellin, and Killinan, barony of Loughrea, in the 1850s. Burton Persse, Sen. Tallyho Lodge, Burton Persse, Jun. Persse Lodge, Robert Persse, Roxborough, Robert Parsons Persse, Castleboy and Henry Persse, Persse Park, were all resident proprietors in 1824. The estate at Spring Garden in the parish of Tynagh, barony of Leitrim, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in July 1850. In 1855, however, Burton Persse was still recorded as the lessor of over 700 acres in the parish of Tynagh, barony of Longford. In the 1870s the Persses owned over 18,00 acres in county Galway and over 1,300 acres in county Roscommon. In May 1876 almost 2000 acres in the baronies of Kiltartan and Leitrim, county Galway, the property of the Blair and Persse families, were offered for sale in the Landed Estates court. Burton H. Persse offered his property at Kiltullagh, barony of Athenry, for sale in the Land Judges' Court in July 1888. The estate was purchased by Henry Persse of Glenarde, Galway. In 1906 William Arthur Persse owned a mansion house and almost 500 acres of untenanted demesne land at Laherdaun. At the same time Capt. A Persse owned about 1000 acres of untenanted lands and Roxborough House, valued at £70.

Associated Families

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Roxborough Roxborough Killinan Loughrea Kilchreest 130 Loughrea Galway OSI Ref: M537131
OS Sheet: 104, 114
Discovery map: 52
Moyode Moyode Demesne Kilconierin Loughrea Moyode 117 Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M531232
OS Sheet: 96
Discovery map: 46
Bookeen Glebe Glebe Kilconierin Loughrea Kilconierin 122 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M553219
OS Sheet: 96
Discovery map: 46
Gammahoe Cottage Lickerrig Lickerrig Loughrea Moyode 117 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M557206
OS Sheet: 96, 97
Discovery map: 46
Limepark LImepark North Kilthomas Loughrea Castleboy 129 Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M496093
OS Sheet: 114
Discovery map: 52
Woodville House Ballygarraun Isertkelly Loughrea Killogilleen 132 Loughrea Galway OSI Ref: M553152
OS Sheet: 104
Discovery map: 52
Castleboy Castleboy Killinan Loughrea Castleboy 129 Loughrea Galway OSI Ref: M526109
OS Sheet: 114
Discovery map: 52
Newcastle Newcastle Rahoon Galway Galway West Urban 47 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M291 262
OS Sheet: 82
Discovery map: 45
Tallyho Lodge Deerpark Kilconierin Loughrea Kiltullagh 116 Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M533252
OS Sheet: 96
Discovery map: 46
Ashfield House Ballycuddy Kilchreest Loughrea Kilchreest 130 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M561139
OS Sheet: 105
Discovery map: 52
Kilchreest Glebe Kilchreest Kilchreest Loughrea Kilchreest 130 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M564146
OS Sheet: 105
Discovery map: 52
Spring Garden Spring Garden Tynagh Portumna Tynagh 184 Leitrim Galway OSI Ref: M749104
OS Sheet: 117
Discovery map: 53
Perssepark Perssepark Kilcloony Ballinasloe Ballinasloe Rural 4 Clonmacnowen Galway OSI Ref: M806313
OS Sheet: 74, 87
Discovery map: 47
Mount Vernon Kilcorkey Rahoon Galway Galway South Urban 46 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M293 244
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 45
Glenarde Tievegarriff Rahoon Galway Galway West Urban 47 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M278 246
OS Sheet: 94
Discovery map: 45
Chevy Chase Cottage. Laherdaun Kilbeacanty Gort Ballycahalan Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: R536987
OS Sheet: 129
Discovery map: 52
Ashford Old House Ashford Creagh Ballinasloe Ballinasloe Urban 5 Moycarn Roscommon OSI Ref: M840328
OS Sheet: 53
Discovery map: 47
Boyhill House Boyhill Athenry Loughrea Athenry 108 Athenry Galway OSI Ref: M510264
OS Sheet: 96
Discovery map: 46
Summerhill House (Loughrea) Baunoge Loughrea Loughrea Loughrea Loughrea Galway OSI Ref: M625162
OS Sheet: 105
Discovery map: 52

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Persse & Molloy estates at Springgarden, 12 July 1850, Vol 2, MRGS Reel 1, (Microfilm copy at NUIG). ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blair/Persse, 30 May 1876, Vol 123, MRGS 39/056, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Prospectus of Persse Distillery 1901 and abstracts of title to Persse property in Galway. M.4859; National Archives of Ireland
  • Lease by Dudley Persse of Roxboro, Co Galway to Thomas Fahey of town of Galway of part of lands of Newcastle, Co Galway, 1853. D11,084; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease of a field known as Shorefield from Richard and Robert Adams, Newcastle Lodge, to Burton Persse of Moyode, 17 Aug 1836. LE5; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Castleboy. 089/097.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Moyode. Photographs. 022/032.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Roxborough. Photographs. 022/087.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Photocopy of Auction Catalogue from Woodville, 28-29 November 1916 for Henry Persse. 152/041.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Collection of papers re Fitzpatrick, mainly of Drumcondra, Dublin & other families of Cos Cavan & Galway, Rev Joseph Fitzpatrick of Silverstream & Persses of Springarden. Small Accs. Index 95; National Archives of Ireland
  • Hoey & Denning, solicitors' collection, includes miscellaneous papers re Persse estates in Co Galway, 1850s-1880s. Small Accs. Index 99, Parcel 33, 2/462/19; National Archives of Ireland
  • Photo, no date. 089/096; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Newcastle photos. 096/007& 111/080; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Robert Persse, High Sheriff of Galway 1814 descended from the Very Rev. Dudley Persse, Dean of Kilmacduagh, to whom lands were granted in Co. Galway and Roscommon Aug. 15, 1677 and to the great grandson of the said Robert, being Capt. William Arthur persse, eldest son of Major William Norton Persse, son of Dudley Persse, eldest son of the said Robert, all of Roxborough, Co. Galway, Feb. 11, 1913. Genealogical Office: Ms.111a, p.99 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Deeds relating to the Persse family of Galway. D. 16,061 et seq. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Lease by John Henry Blakeney to William Blakeney Persse of premises in Athenry Co. Galway known as the Castle April 30, 1831. D. 11,074 ; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources