Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne (Brownville)

The Brownes of Brownville, near Galway city, were connected to the Brownes of Ardskea, parish of Kilmoylan, barony of Clare, county Galway and their descent is given in a family history in the archives of the James Hardiman Library, NUI, Galway. In 1789 James Valentine Browne married Jane Symmers of Aberdeen, Scotland and they had three sons. In 1819, their eldest son, James, married Catherine Elizabeth O'Flaherty of Renvyle and sister of Anthony O'Flaherty of Knockbane. At the time of Griffith's Valuation James Browne held the townlands of Gortatleva and Brownville in the parish of Rahoon, barony of Galway and three townlands in the parish and barony of Moycullen, county Galway. His estate was advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in April 1854. 1300 acres was purchased by Isadore Lynch for £4000. Brownville House, Riverview and part of Gortatleva was advertised in June 1860. James Valentine Browne of Brownville, Professor of Surgery at Queen's College, Galway, 1849-1887, was eventually found out to be an imposter, pretending to be his cousin. [Valentine Browne of Harcourt St, Dublin, owned 801 acres in county Galway in the 1870s].

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Riverview Gortatleva Rahoon Galway Galway South Urban 47 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M262284
OS Sheet: 81
Discovery map: 45
Brownville Brownville Rahoon Galway Galway Rural 45 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M261 292
OS Sheet: 81
Discovery map: 45
Newcastle Newcastle Rahoon Galway Galway West Urban 47 Galway Galway OSI Ref: M291 262
OS Sheet: 82
Discovery map: 45
Albano Cottage Gortatleva Rahoon Galway Galway Galway OSI Ref: M262285
OS Sheet: 82
Discovery map: 45

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Brown, 27 Apr 1854, Vol 27, MRGS 39/012, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Browne, 29 June 1860, Vol 59, MRGS 39/030, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of the Brownes of Ardskea and Brownville. P41; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Landed Estates Court Rental, Browne, 29 June 1860, barony of Moycullen & Galway town. M24,257 ; Galway County Library
  • Ordnance Survey maps showing lands in non congested districts: estate of Rev F.J. McCormack, 151 acres in barony of Galway, 1907. 15.A.23(16); National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources