Landed Estates
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Steele (Cullane)


Name Description
Steele (Cullane) A family originally from Somerset, who settled in county Clare in the early 18th century and acquired lands there. Tom Steele, known as "Honest Tom" was born at Derrymore, county Clare in 1788. His father was William Steele and his mother Catherine Bridgeman. He inherited Cullane from his uncle Tom Steele in 1821. Craggaunowen Castle was on the Steele estate. Although a Protestant he was a great supporter of Daniel O'Connell and Catholic Emancipation. He died in 1848 and Cullane was inherited by his niece Maria Studdert.