Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Clarke (Graig Abbey)

The Clarke family were leasing the Graig Abbey property from the Warburton estate at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The Graig estate and lands in the barony of Kilconnell had been granted to Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey under the Acts of Settlement. Anthony Clarke, a Dublin attorney, was a brother in law of Dominick and John Bodkin of Kilcloony. Dominick Bodkin sold the Graig estate to Clarke for £5,000 in 1820 to settle a debt. The Clarkes of Graig Abbey, Athenry, held the former Bodkin lands in the parishes of Belclare and Killower, barony of Clare, county Galway and Charles Cromie of Annefield, parish of Kilcommen, county Mayo was their agent. Their estate in county Galway amounted to 1,870 acres in the 1870s.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Thomastown Thomastown Belclare Tuam Claretuam 209 Clare Galway OSI Ref: M374 501
OS Sheet: 43
Discovery map: 39
Graig Abbey Graig Abbey South Monivea Loughrea Graigabbey 113 Kilconnell Galway OSI Ref: M534302
OS Sheet: 84
Discovery map: 46

Archival sources

  • 33 deeds re affairs of Bodkin & Clarke families, Co Galway, 17th-19th centuries. D 10,266-10,298; National Library of Ireland
  • Graig Abbey. Photographs. 022/048.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Joyce, Mackie & Lougheed, auctioneers' collection, includes rental and receiver Raoul Joyce's account of estate of Herbert Clarke, a minor by Mary Kathleen Clarke his guardian, 17 Jan 1902. Co 3500; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources