Landed Estates
NUI Galway



A family from Devon, related to the Chichesters baronets.


Name Description
Balfe The Balfe family were settled at Heathfield in county Roscommon in the 18th century but had moved to South Park by the 19th century. Walter Balfe and his wife, Jane French of Frenchlawn, had ten sons, some of whom owned property in county Roscommon in the 19th century. In 1828 Michael Balfe of South Park was a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon. James Balfe of Southpark, county Roscommon, was advertising for sale 236 acres of Kinlough, parish of Shrule, county Mayo, in February 1850. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Thomas Balfe held the townland of Rooaunalaghta in the same parish and Nicholas Balfe held a number of townlands in the parishes of Kilglass, barony of Ballintober North and Cloontuskert, barony of Ballintober South, county Roscommon. The representatives of James Balfe also had land in the parish of Ogulla, barony of Roscommon. In the 1870s Nicholas J. Balfe of Dublin owned 110 acres in county Galway , 47 acres in county Roscommon, 433 acres in county Sligo and 412 acres in county Westmeath. Patrick Balfe of South Park owned over 6000 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s. Some of his lands in the barony of Castlereagh were offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in June 1858, November 1874 and again in February 1875. Some of these lands were held on leases from the Lyster and Murphy families. The Irish Times reported that Thomas Higgins purchased 129 acres of Balfe land at the sale in February 1875. Over 900 acres of Patrick Balfe's estate in the barony of Frenchpark had been offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in November 1860. James Balfe of Runnemead, tenth son of Walter Balfe of Heathfield, county Roscommon, died leaving four daughters and co heiresses. His daughters married into the Chichester, Berington and De Morelle families. The Chichester's eldest son, Walter George Raleigh Chichester, succeeded to the Irish estates of his mother and also to the Burton Constable estate, Yorkshire. In 1894 he took the name Constable by royal licence. 375 acres of the estate of Michael Joseph Balfe in county Galway were vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 26 Apr 1905 and a further 740 acres in county Roscommon on 4 Feb 1909. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Bernard Balfe held land in the parish of Cloonfinlough, barony of Roscommon. The estate of John Balfe in the parishes of Cloonfinlough, barony of Roscommon and Creeve, barony of Frenchpark, was advertised for sale in May 1851. It was sold in the court in June of that year when the purchasers included Mrs. Mary Carroll and Bernard Balfe. The senior branch of the Balfe family of South Park afterwards moved to Balinluska House, Myrtleville, county Cork. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Patrick Balfe owned an estate in the parishes of Aglishcormish, Dromkeen and Grean, barony of Clanwilliam, county Limerick. The interest of his niece Ellen McDermott in these lands was advertised for sale in June 1862. Captain Walter Balfe of South Park, Castlerea, owned 1,042 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s.
Chichester Charles Raleigh Chichester, a grandson of Charles Chichester of Calverleigh Court, county Devon and Mary Honoria ffrench of Rahasane, county Galway, married Mary, eldest daughter and co heiress of James Balfe of Runnamoat, county Roscommon. In the mid 1850s the Chichesters held an estate in the parish of Cloonygormican, barony of Ballymoe, county Roscommon, which in the 1870s amounted to 2,306 acres. The Chichester's eldest son, Walter George Raleigh Chichester, succeeded to the Irish estates of his mother and also to the Burton Constable estate, Yorkshire and in 1894 he took the name Constable by royal licence. In 1883 Esther Chichester, daughter of Colonel Charles Raleigh Chichester married Stephen Grehan of Clonmeen, county Cork. The Grehan Papers contain references to the Chichesters.
Nagle (Ballygriffin & Annakisha) This family are descended from James Nagle (died 1678) of Annakissy or Annakisha, near Mallow, county Cork, and his wife, Honora Nugent. They had a number of sons including Pierce of Annakisha and David of Ballygriffen. Nano Nagle, who founded the Presentation Sisters, was born at Ballygriffin in 1718. From the mid 18th century members of the Nagle family of Ballygriffin lived at Bath in England and purchased English estates at Calverleigh and Templeton. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Joseph Chichester Nagle held land in the parishes of Carrigleamleary, Castletownroche, Clenor, Glanworth, Killathy, Litter, Mallow, Monanimy and Rahan, barony of Fermoy. Joseph Chichester Nagle of Calverleigh Court, Tiverton, Devon, was the son of Charles Chichester and his wife, Mary ffrench of Rahasane, county Galway. His materal grandfather was Joseph Nagle of Ballygriffin, county Cork, and Joseph assumed the surname of Nagle in 1859. In the mid 1870s, Joseph C. Nagle owned 2,828 acres and James Nagle of Limerick owned 1,074 acres in county Cork. Pierce Nagle was the son of James Nagle and in 1790 Pierce married Christina Morrogh. [Their son] Pierce Nagle of Annakisha House also held land in the parishes of Carrigleamleary, Castletownroche and Monanimy, barony of Fermoy at the time of Griffith's Valuation. Pierce Nagle's estate of 5,422 acres in the barony of Fermoy and city of Cork including Annakisha and Mount Nagle was advertised for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in June 1851. The Freeman's Journal reported that many of the lots were purchased by Charles Geoghegan, some in trust for the owner. The Nagles of Mount Nagle were descended from a younger son of Pierce Nagle of Annakisha. O'Connell gives detailed family histories of the different branches of the Nagle family in ''The Irish Genealogist''.
Grehan (Clonmeen) An estate inherited by the Grehan family of Dublin in the early 19th century. Stephen Grehan (1776-1871) was one of the main beneficiaries of the will of his uncle [by marriage], John Roche of Dublin. In 1809 Stephen Grehan married Margaret Ryan of Inch, county Tipperary. The Grehans were involved in banking. By the time of Griffith's Valuation Stephen's son George held at least eight townlands in the parish of Clonmeen, barony of Duhallow, county Cork and another son, Peter, held lands in the parishes Ballycahill, Moyaliff, Templebeg and Upperchurch, barony of Kilnamanagh Upper, county Tipperary. Peter's surname is spelt Graham not Grehan in Griffith's Valuation for county Tipperary. Over 1,000 acres at Coolroemore was bought in 1857. The Grehans acquired further lands in the barony of East Carbery and in county Tipperary. By the 1870s George Grehan owned an estate of over 7,000 acres in county Cork and his brother, Peter Grehan of 19 Rutland Square, Dublin, owned 1,875 acres in county Tipperary. John Therry was agent to this estate in the late 19th century. A large collection of estate and family papers documenting the Grehans and their property is located in the Boole Library, University College, Cork. The Grehans sold Clonmeen in 1975. Lands leased by George Gre[n]an to Mary Fitzgerald in 1856 were advertised for sale in October 1883, the estate of John Fitzgerald.