Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Freeman


Estate(s)

Name Description
Freeman In the 1770s Edward Deane, son of Joseph Deane and Jane Freeman, inherited the estates of his mother's family the Freemans of Castle Cor, county Cork, and took the additional name of Freeman. His grandson also named Edward Deane Freeman owned estates in both counties Cork (mainly in the barony of Duhallow) and Kerry in the early 1850s and a small amount of land at Baggotstown West, parish of Knockainy, county Limerick. The Ordnance Survey Name Books record Edward Deane Freeman as the proprietor of townlands in the parish of Brosna, county Kerry. The Freeman estates amounting to over 1200 acres in county Kerry, over 4,000 acres in county Cork and over 450 acres in county Limerick plus tithe rent charges were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court between June 1850 and July 1851. The properties in the barony of Dunkerron South, county Kerry, were occupied by the Taylor and Strange families. Dunkerron House, occupied by the Taylors, was still being leased from the Freeman estate at the time of Griffith's Valuation. 238 acres at Baggotstown West, county Limerick were advertised for sale in March 1852 and again in November when about 2,500 acres of the county Cork estate were also put on the market. This sale included the house and demesne of Castlecor. The rental contains a lithograph of the house. The Freemans of Ballymague, parish of Caherduggan, barony of Fermoy, county Cork, were a junior branch of the Freeman family of Castlecor.
Barry (Castle Cor) In 1754 Richard Barry married Mary Norton and their son Colonel Richard Barry purchased the Castle Cor estate from the Deane Freemans in the early 1850s. He married a sister of the 1st Viscount Guillamore and had a son, William Norton Barry. In the 1870s William N. Barry owned 1,023 acres in county Cork. By his second wife, Elizabeth Wrixon Becher, William Norton Barry had a son, William Norton Barry, who married his cousin, Adelaide Wrixon Becher. He died in 1935 and she died in 1959. Her nephew Hope Murray inherited Castle Cor.