Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Bentley (Hurdleston)


Name Description
Bentley (Hurdleston) The ancestors of the Bentleys received land in county Clare under the Cromwellian settlement of the mid 17th century and came to live at Broadford before the beginning of the 18th century. Pat O'Brien gives a detailed history of the family in his article in ''The Other Clare''. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Bentley estate was in the parishes of Killokennedy and Kilseily, barony of Tulla Lower. Much of their estate was held from Sir John Dillon Massy. This is evident from the sale rental of the Dillon Massy Broadford estate in November 1858. In the 1870s the Bentley estate was comprised of 2,497 acres. Family members continued to reside at Hurdleston until 1952 when Digby Bentley died.