Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Browne (Ardskea & Cooloo)

In a Browne genealogy in the James Hardiman Library, NUI,Galway, the ancestry of this branch of the Browne family is traced back to Dominick Browne of Barna, Mayor of Galway in 1575. In 1677 Edward and James Browne were granted Ardskea and other lands in the parish of Kilmoylan, in the barony of Clare, county Galway, under the Acts of Settlement. Family members intermarried with the Brownes of Tuam, the Kirwans, O'Connors, O'Kellys and the Nolans. The Brownes were still resident on their Ardskea estate at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In 1890 James Browne sold over 800 acres of his Ardskea estate in the Land Judges' Court. The petitioner was Emmanuel Churcher. This Browne family also owned estates in the barony of Tiaquin, at Cooloo in the parish of Moylough, at Carrownacregg West in the parish of Killoscobe and in the parish and barony of Ross. By the 1870s Cooloo was in the possession of Michael O'Kelly.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ardskeamore Ardskeamore Kilmoylan Tuam Kilmoylan 190 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M436420
OS Sheet: 57
Discovery map: 46
Cooloo Cottage Cooloo Moylough Mountbellew Cooloo 153 Tiaquin Galway OSI Ref: M572482
OS Sheet: 45
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of the Brownes of Ardskea and Brownville. P41; James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Glynn notebook No 44, containing newspaper cuttings of the case Michael Kelly v Edward Browne in the Probate Court, Dublin, re the will of Edward Browne, deceased of Cooloo, July 1872. MS 7914; National Library of Ireland
  • Bellew of Mount Bellew, Collection List 33, correspondence Browne of Ardskea 1813. MS 27,203; National Library 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