Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Morris (Spiddle/Spiddal)

In 1684, George Morris who had served in the army of King James II married Catherine Fitzpatrick and through this marriage the Morris family gained land in the parish of Killannin, barony of Moycullen, county Galway. Beggan writes that the Morris family purchased land at Spiddle from the sale of part of the estate of Patrick Sarsfield Comyn in the early 1860s. In the second half of the 19th century Michael Morris was a prominent lawyer and judge and was made a Baronet in 1885 and 1st Lord Killanin in 1900. He owned 1274 acres in county Galway in the 1870s and his brother George Morris of Wellpark owned 748 acres. Lord Killanin sold an estate of 2,557 acres to the Congested Districts' Board on 31 Mar 1914. Michael Morris, 3rd Lord Killanin, was President of the International Olympic Committee 1972-1980.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Furzepark House Treanlaur Ballynacourty Galway Ballynacourty 53 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M362218
OS Sheet: 95
Discovery map: 46
Wellpark Wellpark St Nicholas Galway Galway East Urban 42 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M313 263
OS Sheet: 82
Discovery map: 45
Spiddle/Spiddal House Bohoona East Killannin Galway Spiddle Moycullen Galway OSI Ref: M125224
OS Sheet: 92
Discovery map: 45

Archival sources

  • Copy of confirmation of arms to descendants of James Morris and his grandson the Rt Hon Michael Morris, Lord Chief Jusice of Common Pleas of Spiddal, 7 Sept 1885. GO MS110: 69-70; National Library of Ireland
  • Draft pedigree of Morris of Galway and of others, c 1710-1950. GO MS 816: 19; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy sale of Galway town properties by the Landed Estates' Court to the Rt Hon Michael Morris, 25 Apr 1868. 999/390/10; National Archives of Ireland
  • Spiddal House sale catalogue, June 1978. 092/075; Irish Architectural Archive
  • E. Naomi Campbell Collection includes extracts of wills, memorials from the Registry of Deeds, Exchequer Book, Exchequer Bills, Religious Census 1766 and Chancery Bills all relating to members of the Morris family. Ms 10,418.; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources