Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Lynch (Garracloon)


Estate(s)

Name Description
Blake (Garracloon) A property in the parish of Cong, barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo, which passed to George Blake, second son of Martin Blake of Moyne, parish of Shrule, county Mayo, in 1765, following the death of his fathe-in-law, Marcus Lynch. George Blake left Garracloone to his third son Richard, father of George Blake who was executed in 1798. The estate was sold by Richard's grandson under a decree of the Court of Chancery in 1844 to another branch of the Blake family. Part of the Blake estate was leased to Harloe Phibbs Baker in the 1850s, who sold his interest in 1859. Just over 200 acres of Garracloon were offered for sale by descendants of George Blake in 1855, including Geoffrey Martyn who was a son-in-law of George Blake and Abraham and Charlotte Stoker, the parents of Bram Stoker, author of ''Dracula''. In 1876 Joseph V.Netterville Blake, medical doctor, of Garracloon owned 857 acres in county Mayo.
Browne (Moyne) The Brownes of Moyne were descended from the Brownes of Cloonkeely, near Tuam and of Newtown in the parish of Abbeyknockmoy, barony of Tiaquin, county Galway. Nicholas Browne was granted over 3,000 acres in 1677 under the Acts of Settlement in counties Galway, Roscommon and Sligo. Most of the land was in county Galway and included Moyne, Newtown and Crumlin, all in the barony of Tiaquin. In the early 19th century Cloonkeely or Cloonkeelwy in the townland of Ballyboy, parish of Kilbennan, barony of Dunmore, belonged to John Browne Lynch, a member of the Lynch of Lowberry family, who had married a Browne of Cloonkeely. In 1802 Mark Browne of the Newtown branch of the family sold his property to John Kelly of Green Castle, Jamaica, as he had no heir. Previously he had acquired the Rockfield or Rockville estate from the Burkes but it was soon taken over by the Court of Chancery. Michael Joseph Browne, owner of Moyne in the early 19th century held a large estate at the time of Griffith's Valuation centred on the parish of Killererin in the barony of Tiaquin. His estate also included land in the parishes of Annaghdown and Killower, barony of Clare; Abbeyknockmoy and Monivea, barony of Tiaquin; Killeeneen in the barony of Dunkellin, Addergoole and Kilconla, barony of Dunmore and Dunmore, barony of Ballymoe. When his estate was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1855 it amounted to 9,167 acres. It included 538 acres in the parish of Cloonfinlough, barony and county of Roscommon, leased to Margaret Fitzgibbon. In 1857 John Stratford Kirwan bought Moyne House and over a thousand acres of the Browne estate in the parish of Abbeyknockmoy.
Lynch (Garracloon) Martin J. Blake writes about Andrew Lynch of Galway who had purchased land in the barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo in the 1620s. Andrew Lynch lost his Galway property under the Cromwellian settlement but retained his county Mayo lands at Garracloone under the Restoration settlement. He had two sons John and Marcus. John died in 1678 and was succeeded by his brother Marcus who in turn was succeeded by his son in law Mark Lynch FitzJames, who had two daughters Juliane married George Blake of Killernane, county Mayo, second son of Martin Blake of Moyne in 1728 and Mary who married Thomas Browne of Newtown. In the late 1770s legal documents record the partition of lands in county Galway, including Cloonacauneen Castle, between Martin Blake Lynch of Dublin and Mark Browne Lynch of Newtown. Martin Blake Lynch died without heirs circa 1799.