The Rochfort family were established at Clogrenan, parish of Cloydagh, county Carlow, from the early 18th century. They acquired lands in the parish of Annaghdown, barony of Clare, county Galway, through the marriage of John Rochfort and a daughter of Thomas Staunton, Member of Parliament, in 1722. A sale rental of estates in counties Galway and Wexford dated 1856 shows that most of the county Galway lands were held in fee simple but some were held on a lease dated 9 April 1781 from John Skerrett to John Rochford. The county Galway estate included a townland in the parish of Ahascragh, barony of Killian, also recorded as the property of Col. Rochfort in the Ordnance Survey Name Books. The barony of Clare estate was bought by a branch of the Blake family. John Egan was agent for the Rochfort estate in the 1830s and held one of the townlands at the time of Griffith's Valuation.
No houses were found for this estate
- Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Rochfort, 27 June 1856, Vol 41, MRGS 39/019, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
- Map of the Rochfort estates in the barony of Clare, 1780. M.522; National Archives of Ireland
- Solicitors' records from office of E.J. French, include references to John Staunton Rochfort. Small Accessions Index, No. 8; National Archives of Ireland
Contemporary printed sources
- ORDNANCE SURVEY NAME BOOKS, County Galway, http://places.galwaylibrary.ie/default.html: Lisheenanoran
- ORDNANCE SURVEY NAME BOOKS, County Galway, http://places.galwaylibrary.ie/default.html: Ahascragh Parish
Modern printed sources
- BURKE, Sir Bernard. ''A genealogical and heraldic history of the Landed Gentry of Ireland''. London: Harrison & Sons, 1904: 518-519
- LANE, Pádraig. The Encumbered Estates Court and Galway Land Ownership, 1849-58. In MORAN, Gerard (ed). ''History & Society''. Dublin: Geography Publications, 1996 : 395-419
- ROCHFORT, James. ''The Rochforts''. The author, 2000: 83-85
- ''Freeman's Journal'': Encumbered Estates Court sale reports, 28 June 1856, p.4.