Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Brady/Brady Browne


Name Description
Brady (Williamstadt) The Brady family in county Clare were descended from Hugh Brady, post-Reformation bishop of Meath. The family were associated with several county Clare houses including Williamstadt and Raheen, near Tuamgraney. William Brady of Williamstadt was the second son of Henry Brady and his wife Mary Molony. In 1790 he bought land in the Whitegate locality of county Galway from the Croasdailes. William's granddaughter Mary succeeded to Williamstadt in 1817 and she married Dr Francis Cornelius Sampson in 1833. The estate of Hugh Brady, principally situated in the barony of Tulla, county Clare but with lands in the barony of Leitrim, county Galway, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in November 1854. Hugh Brady is recorded as the principal lessor in the parish of Kilbarron, barony of Leitrim, county Galway, in Griffith's Valuation.
Browne (Newgrove) The Brownes were Elizabethan settlers. In 1765 Thomas Browne of Newgrove married Mary Wesby and had three sons, Edmund, William and Thomas. Edmund married Anne Hickman of Kilmore in 1798 and had a son and two daughters, one of whom, Mary, married Francis Gore. Their son died young and was succeeded by his uncle Thomas in 1813. The following year Thomas Browne married Elizabeth Comyn. They had no children and when Elizabeth died in 1864 the estate was inherited by Wyndham Brady, a grandson of Thomas's sister Mary who had married Henry Brady of Raheens. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Browne estate was centred on the parishes of Feakle and Tulla, barony of Tulla Upper, but the Brownes also had land in the parishes of Clooney, Inchicronan, Quin, in the barony of Bunratty Upper and in the parishes of Abbey and Oughtmama in the barony of Burren.
Brady/Brady Browne The Brady family in county Clare were descended from Hugh Brady, post-Reformation bishop of Meath. Luke Brady was resident in the Tomgraney locality of county Clare in the mid 17th century. In 1728 John Brady of Raheen married Mary Stacpoole. In the mid 18th century Henry Brady of Kilcornan, Ennistymon, married Mary Molony of Kiltanon. The Bradys of Williamstadt descend from a younger son of this marriage. In the late 18th century Mary Browne of Newgrove, parish of Tulla, barony of Tulla Upper, county Clare, married Henry Brady of Raheen, near Scarriff. They had four sons and two daughters. Their eldest son John Brady got into debt and in 1852 their second son the Reverend Thomas Brady sold the Raheen estate of 6,995 acres to John W. Harrison Moreland. Their fourth son was Luke Brady of Brookville who married Anne Wyndham McGrath Fitzgerald and they were the parents of Wyndham Brady and Thomas Browne Brady. When Mrs Elizabeth Browne died in 1864 the estate of the Browne family of Newgrove, passed to Wyndham the grandnephew of her husband Thomas Browne. He took the additional surname of Browne. In the 1870s Wyndham Browne of Newgrove owned 5,960 acres in county Clare. He died without heirs and was succeeded by his brother Thomas. Cartron House, parish of Abbey, barony of Burren was the summer residence of the Brady family. It was demolished at the end of the 19th century. Gerard Madden gives an extensive family history of the Brady family in his book on the history of Tuamgraney and Scariff.
Moreland (Raheen) In 1836 Thomas Brown Brady mortgaged Raheen and in 1852 was forced to sell the estate because of his debts. The purchaser was John Harrison Moreland who bought a total acreage of 6,971 for £20,400. He is recorded as the immediate lessor of seven townlands in the parish of Tomgraney, county Clare at the time of Griffith's Valuation and of two townlands in the parish of Rathkeale, barony of Connello Lower, county Limerick. Moreland also purchased other lands in the county. He married Dorcas Westropp of Fort Anne and he was badly injured when somebody tried to shoot him in 1862. In the 1870s William John H. Moreland of Raheen owned 5,118 acres in county Clare and 675 acres in county Limerick. One of his daughters married a Crofton and they inherited Raheen. His other daughter married Thomas Barry George, nephew of Mary Tandy of Mountshannon. The Croftons sold the property to the MacLysaghts. Following the death of William Moreland in 1878 Richard Studdert of Coolreagh was appointed agent to the Raheen estates and his brother Hallim G. Studdert was appointed agent to the Mountshannon estate of Mrs George.