The Higgins family were transplanted in Cromwellian times and resident until the early 19th century, Thomas Higgins held land in the parishes of Dunmore and Tuam, barony of Dunmore, county Galway, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In the 19th century the Higgins had a legal practice in Tuam and still owned a substantial estate of 1,765 acres in county Galway, 226 acres in county Mayo and 129 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s. An estate of over 700 acres in the barony of Clanmorris, county Mayo, owned by Patrick Joseph Higgins [a minor] and Mary Higgins, widow and administrix of M.M. Higgins, was offered for sale in the Land Judges' Court in December 1889. The Irish Times reported that the sale was adjourned due to insufficient bidding.