Landed Estates
NUI Galway


The association of the Temple family with county Sligo began in the seventeenth century when Sir John Temple was granted lands in the parish of Ahamlish, barony of Carbury. In 1722 his son Henry was created Viscount Palmerston of Palmerston in county Dublin. The 3rd Viscount Palmerston, a distinguished politican and Prime Minister, died in 1865. He had no children by his wife Emily Lamb, daughter of the 1st Viscount Melbourne. When Emily died in 1869 her son William Cowper by a former marriage inherited most of the Palmerston estate including Classiebawn. The estate of William Cowper-Temple amounted to over 12,000 acres in the 1870s. Henry Stewart of Tyrcallen, county Donegal, and the land agency firm of Stewart and Kincaid, Dublin, was appointed agent to this estate in 1784.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Mount Temple Mount Temple Ahamlish Sligo Cliffoney South Carbury Sligo OSI Ref: G676518
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 16
Classiebawn Castle Mullaghmore Ahamlish Sligo Cliffony North Carbury Sligo OSI Ref: G696564
OS Sheet:
Discovery map: 16
Rindaly Cottage Creevymore Ahamlish Sligo Cliffony North Carbury Sligo OSI Ref: G712543
OS Sheet: 2
Discovery map: 16

Archival sources

  • Rentals of Palmerston Estate. 1716, 1735, 1738, 1743, 1750, 1773, 1810, 1812. F.C./D.3/4a. ; Sligo County Library
  • Survey of lands of Henry John Temple, 1717. F.C./D.3/4a; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Property in town of Sligo let by Lord Palmerston to John Irwin & outline maps. 1750. F.C./D.3/4a. ; Sligo County Library
  • Rentals of the Palmerston estate, 1861,1879,1889,1903, 1912, F.C./D.3/4. ; Sligo County Library
  • Microfilm copy of Rental of Palmerston estate, 1788-96. MF/R.20; Sligo County Library
  • Map of division of Abbeyquarter, Sligo, let by Lord Palmerston to Abraham Martin, 1829. S.R. ; Sligo County Library
  • Map of Palmerston properties in Sligo town, 1813-14. ; Sligo County Library
  • Outline maps of Palmerston estate, reports on fishing and other commercial interests. F.C./D.2/112.; Sligo County Library
  • Map of Inishmurray island. 1814.; Sligo County Library
  • Stewart of Tyrcallen Papers, include a large number of records relating to the Palmerston estates in counties Dublin & Sligo, 1668-1982. D3319; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Stewart Papers, include documents relating to the Co Sligo estates, mainly 19th century. D3319; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Broadlands Archive relating to families of Temple, Viscount Palmerston; Cowper-Temple; Ashley and Mountbatten, include title deeds for Irish estates, with rentals, maps and other estate papers for County Sligo and Dublin, 1620 to early 20th century. MS 62.; Southampton University Library
  • Rental of the estates of Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston, in the town and county of Sligo, 1788-1796. Ms 1565.; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources