Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Kiltullagh, Frenchfort & Vermount)

The lands of Kiltullagh/Kiltolla, parish of Oranmore, barony of Dunkellin, county Galway, were granted to Hugh Molloy by patent under the Acts of Settlement, to hold for Patrick Blake and his heirs until a sum of £700 was paid. The Blakes of Waterdale and Vermount were descended from James Blake, a younger son of another Patrick Blake of Kiltullagh. In 1780 Michael Blake of Kiltullagh married Anne, only child of Martin French of Frenchfort and thereafter Frenchfort was Blake property. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Theobald Michael Blake held townlands in the parishes of Ballymacward and Killoscobe, barony of Tiaquin and a townland in each of the parishes of Oranmore and St Nicholas, barony of Galway. In the early 1870s he owned over 5,000 acres in county Galway. The Blakes of Frenchfort held the townland of Coollisduff, in parishes of Kilmolara and Kilmainemore, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo, as noted in the Ordnance Survey Name books and Griffiths Griffiths Valuation . It was advertised for sale in 1856. Theobald Blake died in 1902 without immediate heirs and his Kiltullagh estate passed to his grand-niece Dora Creagh and Vermount to his cousin, Nicholas Blake. Miss Creagh submitted an application for assessment of the townland of Ballintemple, parish of Oranmore shortly after this and the sale to the tenants was approved by the Land Commission.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Frenchfort Frenchfort Oranmore Galway Oranmore 56 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M396257
OS Sheet: 95
Discovery map: 46
Vermount Moneen Killoscobe Mountbellew Mounthazel 156 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M636412
OS Sheet: 59
Discovery map: 46
Killeen House & Killeen Castle (Oranmore) Killeen Oranmore Galway Ballintemple 52 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M347296
OS Sheet:
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Copy probate of will of Theobald Blake of Vermount, Castleblakeney, county Galway, will dated 27 Nov 1893. Private Sources; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Blake, 7 Oct 1856, Vol 41, MRGS 39/020, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources