Landed Estates
University of Galway

Bodkin (Annagh)

The Bodkins, one of the ‘Tribes’ of Galway, were granted Annagh and other lands in the barony of Clare, county Galway, in the late 17th century. They intermarried with the Brownes of Coolarne, the Brabazons of Swinford and the Kirwans of Castlehacket. In 1808 a daughter, Margaret, married John Bodkin of Bengarra and their grandson, Martin, succeeded to the lands of Annagh following the death of his cousin Robert in 1881. The Bodkin estate was in the parishes of Kilmoylan, Lackagh and Tuam and amounted to 6481 acres in the 1870s. In the 1830s Dennis Bodkin of Annagh acted as agent for J. Bodkin in administering property in the parish of Kilcolgan. The mother of Olivia Mary Blake Taaffe (1832-1918), foundress of St Joseph's Young Priests Society, was a Bodkin of Annagh.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Annagh Annagh Kilmoylan Tuam Kilmoylan 190 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M453 417
OS Sheet: 57
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Glynn Notebook, copies of deeds and documents re the Bodkin family, Tuam area, 17th & 18th centuries. MS 4183; National Library of Ireland
  • Glynn Notebook No 50, containing a copy of patent granting lands in Co Galway to John and Mary Bodkin, 1677. MS 7918; National Library of Ireland
  • Lease of lands of Dawros [parish of Kilmoylan] by James Bodkin to Dominick Lovelock, 16 Apr 1685. D 10,393; National Library of Ireland
  • Map of Clonkeen for Mrs N. Bodkin, barony of Clare, surveyed by P. Redington, 1813. 21.F.76(27); National Library of Ireland
  • Survey and division of lands of Clonkeen, Co Galway, certified by William Burke and __ Evans, with tenant names, 1769. 21.F.76(30); National Library of Ireland
  • Claim on behalf of John Bodkin and his wife Mary, before the Commissioners appointed to investigate claims of transplanted persons, re land in the barony of Clare, 19 Aug 1676. D 8958; National Library of Ireland
  • Map showing partition of lands in Islandmore, barony of Clare, Co Galway, between Lord Fitzgerald, Pierce Joyce, Robert Bodkin and others, 1859. M 3026; National Archives of Ireland
  • Lease of premises in Galway, John and Robert Bodkin to Timothy Murray, 18 Aug 1836. 999/360(1); National Archives of Ireland
  • Estate records of Denis J. Kirwan and Sons, land agents, Tuam, mid 19th - mid 20th centuries, including account book of rents received, 1909-1921. Acc. No. 5124; National Library of Ireland

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Modern printed sources