Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Blake (Garracloon)

Description

George Blake, eldest son of Richard Blake of Garracloon, was executed for his involvement in the 1798 Rebellion. Kilfraughans graveyard is located in the townland of Dowagh and contains at least one grave of the Blake family.


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 (Belmont) The Blakes of Belmont, parish of Liskeevy, barony of Dunmore, county Galway, were descended from John, sixth son of George Blake of Garracloone, county Mayo and his wife Juliane Lynch. John Blake married a sister of James Cuff, 1st Baron Tyrawley and by his marriage acquired the Belmont estate. Their descendants held the Belmont estate, from the See of Tuam, during the 19th century until its sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in April 1852 to James D. Meldon. In 1824 John Blake of Belmont was described as a resident proprietor in county Galway. The Blakes also held 1808 acres in the parish of Ballintober, barony of Carra, county Mayo. Their county Mayo estate was sold in the Encumbered Estates' Court in 1852 to Charles Crotty.
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.
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.