Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Miller (Ballycaseymore)


Estate(s)

Name Description
Lopdell (Derryowen) An English family who settled in county Galway at the end of the 17th century. Christopher Lopdell of Raheen, county Galway and Derryowen, county Clare died unmarried in 1801 reputedly aged 104. He left his Derryowen property to the descendants of his granduncle John. At the time of Griffith's Valuation John Lopdell held 1276 acres at Turlough, parish of Oughtmama, barony of Burren and 263 at Derryowen, parish of Kilkeedy, barony of Inchiquin. Lands in the barony of Burren belonging to the trustees of Thomas Lopdell and his younger children were advertised for sale in June 1862. These lands were originally granted to the Miller family of Ballycasey. In June 1870 Derryowen Cottage, the residence of J.F. Lopdell and 263 acres were advertised for sale. The Lopdells are not recorded as owning any land in county Clare in 1876. Dominick Lopdell's interest in 724 acres at Cahirelly East, barony of Clanwilliam, county Limerick, was advertised for sale in March 1852. By the late 1880s the Derryowen property was in the ownership of the Blaquiere family as Elizabeth Lopdell had married Thomas de Blaquiere. A notice announcing the Lopdell estate sale in the Land Judges' Court appeared in the Irish Times in July 1889.
Miller (Ballycaseymore) A Scottish family who were settled in the parish of Drumline, barony of Bunratty Lower, county Clare at the end of the 17th century. Ballymurtagh and some other parts of the Miller estate were held from Robert Clive in 1742 by William Miller. Frost writes that in the reign of Queen Anne the Earl of Thomond made a lease for ever to John Miller of Ballycaseybeg. John Miller of Ballycaseymore, parish of Drumline, was created a baronet in 1778. He married Anna Riggs of Riggsdale, county Cork. They also had a residence at Batheaston, Bath, Somerset, England and Lady Miller was an author and literary hostess. Sir John Riggs Miller was Member of Parliament for Newport, Cornwall, 1784-1790 and proposed a reform of the British system of weights and measures while an MP. Sir John added the name Riggs to his surname following the death of his mother in law Margaret Riggs (nee Pigott) in 1788. By her will he inherited an estate in county Cork. Sir John Riggs Miller (died 1798), Lady Miller (died 1781) and their son Sir John Edward Riggs Miller (died 1825) are all buried at Bath Abbey. Sir John E. Riggs Miller died without legitimate children and left his county Cork estate to his sister Jane Elizabeth Wheatley for life. The representatives of Sir J. Riggs Miller owned 135 acres in county Cork in the 1870s. By his will Sir J. Riggs Miller's other property was left to John Manvers, who became John Riggs Miller. He is the John Riggs Miller referred to in Griffith’s Valuation when he is recorded as holding three townlands in the parish of Clonloghan, barony of Bunratty Lower, county Clare. In the 1870s John R. Miller of London owned 178 acres in county Clare and died in 1888. The Riggs Miller estate was eventually inherited by Thomas John Ryan of Tyone House, Nenagh, county Tipperary. He was the eldest son of Malachi Ryan and Eliza Miller daughter of John Miller of Toonagh, Ennis, county Clare according to a Genealogy Office manuscript. T.J. Ryan took the name Riggs Miller in 1889. The following website gives a detailed history of the Riggs Miller family. http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~riggs/IREJRM1.htm
McMahon (Knockane) At the time of Griffith's Valuation the representatives of John McMahon held land in the parishes of Clonloghan and Kilconry, barony of Bunratty Lower, county Clare. In November 1857 the sale of lands in these two parishes the estate of Thomas MacMahon of Knockane were advertised. Members of the MacMahon family are buried at Kilmaleery Church, Newmarket on Fergus.
Riggs The Riggs family were located in county Cork from the 17th century. They acquired much of their county Cork estate through purchases from the trustees for the sale of forfeited estates, including parts of the former estates of Justin McCarthy in the barony of Muskerry and of Sir Richard Nagle in the barony of Fermoy. Edward Riggs of the Middle Temple, London, married Margaret Pigott and had an only daughter Anne who in 1765 married John Miller of Ballycaseymore, county Clare. Anne Miller was sole heiress to her grandfather the Right Honourable Edward Riggs of Rigsdale and Binfield in Berkshire, England, Commissioner of his Majesty's Revenues.
Ryan (Tyone) In the 1870s Thomas John Ryan of Tyone House, Nenagh, county Tipperary, owned 1,319 acres in county Tipperary. He was the son of Malachy Ryan, possibly Malachy Ryan of Moyroe. Malachy Ryan bought the lands of Moyroe from James Fitzpatrick circa 1850 in the Encumbered Estates' Court. Thomas John Ryan of Tyone House inherited the Riggs Miller estate. He was the eldest son of Malachi Ryan and Eliza Miller daughter of John Miller of Toonagh, Ennis, county Clare according to a Genealogy Office manuscript. T.J. Ryan took the name Riggs Miller in 1889. ''The Nenagh Guardian'' of 29 October 1877 records the marriage of Thomas John Ryan of Tyone House, Nenagh and Margaret Josephine, daughter of John Bernal, Esq., Albert Lodge, Laurel Hill, Limerick at St. Michael's Parish Church, by the Rev. Daniel Fitzgerald. The following website gives a detailed history of the Riggs Miller family and the Ryan connection.