Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Tuam)

Description

A branch of the Blakes of Garracloone.


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.
Blake (Tuam) Mark Blake was the second son of George Blake of Garracloone, county Mayo and his wife Juliane Lynch. Mark Blake appears to have inherited some of the former Lynch estate in the county of the town of Galway including Cloonacauneen Castle. His elder brother Martin Blake Lynch died without heirs in circa 1799. His son Mark and grandson Martin were both "of Killeen Castle". His fourth son Charles was ancestor of the Blakes of Tuam and the Blakes were living at Brooklawn, not far from Tuam, by the end of the 18th century. The townland of Fartamore was still in Blake possession at the time of Griffith's Valuation. John Dunkin Blake of Brooklawn, a grandson of Charles married Alice Leonard in 1876. In the 1870s Charles Blake of Tuam owned land in the county of the town of Galway, counties Mayo and Tipperary amounting to a total of 563 acres.