Landed Estates
University of Galway

Martin (Ross)

The Martin family were established beside Ross Lake in the barony of Moycullen, county Galway, from the late 16th century, where they purchased land from the O'Flahertys. They were Royalist supporters and were dispossessed of their property in the city of Galway by the Cromwellians. Robert Martin received a grant of 2,909 acres in the barony of Moycullen, by patent dated 21 Aug 1677. Jasper Martin of Ross, who died in 1700, had two sons Jasper and Richard, from whom descend the two branches of the family settled at Ross and Ballynahinch. Nicholas Martin, who died in 1811, married Elizabeth O'Hara, daughter of Robert O'Hara of Lenaboy, and according to Burke's ''Landed Gentry'', a grandniece of James O'Hara, 2nd Baron Tyrawley. Their grandson, James Martin of Ross, had sixteen children from his two marriages. His daughter, Maud, married H. Callwell and they were the parents of the author, J. M. Callwell. The youngest daughter of James Martin was Violet Florence Martin of the well known literary team Somerville and Ross. The Martins of Ross owned 5,767 acres in county Galway in the 1870s. They advertised the sale of their estate in the Landed Estates' Court in May 1885.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ross Ross Demesne Killannin Oughterard Wormhole 171 Moycullen Galway OSI Ref: M178 375
OS Sheet: 68
Discovery map: 45
Letter Lodge Letter Killannin Galway Slieveaneena 50 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M137 349
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 45

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Martin, 18 May 1885, Vol 148, MRGS 39/065, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Memories of the Irish Famine, based on reminiscences of Anna Selina Martin, c 1912. MS 17,305; National Library of Ireland
  • Rent, farm and domestic account books and a catalogue of books in the library at Ross, early-mid 19th century. MS 19,150-19,154; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogy of the Martins of Ross by Seymour Clarke, 1910, with some memoranda. MS 19,087; National Library of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Martin of Ross and Dangan, Co Galway, c 1580-c 1830. GO MS 170: 89-90; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to sons of James Richard Charles Martin, chairman Planters Association Ceylon 1906-1907 and to Charles Fox Martin, sons of James Martin of Ross, 1 Nov 1907. GO MS 111: 201-202; National Library of Ireland
  • Leases involving Martins of Galway and Ross, Oliver Lynch of Drimcong, Jasper Ffrench and others, re property in town of Galway, 1671-1885. 999/687/1-17; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources