Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Westropp (Coolreagh)


Estate(s)

Name Description
O'Callaghan/O'Callaghan Westropp (Kilgory & Maryfort) The county Cork estates of the O'Callaghans were confiscated in the mid 17th century and the family settled at Mountallon, just south of O'Callaghansmills, in county Clare. In the mid 18th century they moved to Kilgorey. In 1785 Edmund O'Callaghan of Kilgory married Helen O'Brien and had four daughters who married respectively Thomas O'Reilly, the 3rd Earl of Kenmare, James Bagot and Gerald Dease. Kilgory was advertised for sale by them in the early 1860s. In May 1862, the Irish Times reports that it was purchased by Messers T. Fitzgerald and George Keogh, in trust. In 1784 John O'Callaghan married Catherine Colpoys of Ballycar, who eventually inherited Ballycar. Ballycar was advertised for sale in December 1850. George O'Callaghan of Maryfort married Mary Westropp of Fort Anne, which property came into the possession of her son John O'Callaghan. George O'Callaghan died of Famine fever on 31 Jan 1849, see inscription on his ledger MS 865 (NLI). In the 1870s Lieutenant Colonel John O'Callaghan of Maryfort owned 4,842 acres in county Clare. In November 1912 his estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board.
Westropp (Coolreagh) Ralph Westropp, Mayor of Limerick 1800-1801, third son of Ralph Westropp of Lismehane (Mary Fort, Fortane), parish of Tulla, county Clare, and Attyflin, county Limerick, bought Coolreagh, parish of Kilnoe, barony of Tulla Upper, from the O’Briens. In 1795 he married Harriet Vereker, sister of the 2nd Viscount Gort and they had two sons Ralph and John and three daughters. Their eldest son Ralph Westropp of Monkstown, county Dublin, died unmarried in 1883 and left his estates comprised of 2,352 acres in 1878, to his sister Mary Stamer's grandson George O’Callaghan, who in 1885 assumed the additional surname of Westropp. The main part of Ralph Westropp’s estate was in the parish of Kilnoe but he also held land in the parishes of Kilmihil, barony of Clonderalaw, Kilmacduane and Moyarta, barony of Moyarta. It is likely that the Smyth Bloods of Castlefergus, parish of Doora, barony of Bunratty Upper, held their estate from him. In 1852 Ralph Westropp's nephew Ralph Westropp junior of St Catherines married Catherine O'Callaghan of Maryfort. In the 1870s the representatives of Ralph Westropp junior owned 1,784 acres in county Clare.