Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Franks (Ballyscadden)


Estate(s)

Name Description
Franks (Carrig Park) A family who settled in King's county (county Offaly) in the mid 17th century, later generations moved to county Limerick and then to county Cork. A residence named Cloughry [Cloghera], south of Broadford, was the residence of the Franks family in county Clare in 1778 and 1786. Griffith's Valuation records William H. Franks holding land in the parish of O'Briensbridge, barony of Tulla Lower, county Clare and in the parishes of Grange, barony of Glenquin, Ballingarry, barony of Connello Upper and Darragh, barony of Coshlea, county Limerick and in the parishes of Carrigleamleary and Rahan, barony of Fermoy, county Cork. In the 1870s Thomas Franks of Carrig Park owned 1,255 acres in county Cork and 1,234 acres in county Limerick. In February 1873 the estate of the trustees of the will of William Hume Franks in counties Clare, Limerick and Cork amounting to a total of 1408 acres was advertised for sale. The purchasers included W.M. Jones and David Howe. Thomas Franks aunt was married to Sir Charles Denham O. Jephson Norreys Baronet of Mallow Castle. Matthew and Thomas Franks also held land in the parishes of Darragh and Particles.
Franks (Ballyscadden) The Franks of Meadstown, county Cork and Ballyscadden, county Limerick, share a common ancestry with the Franks of Carrig Park. Matthew Franks of Moorestown, county Limerick, had three sons, Henry of Moorestown, county Limerick and Meadstown, county Cork, Thomas of Ballymagooly, county Cork and Welstead of Kilfinnan, county Limerick. From Thomas of Ballymagooly descend the Franks of Garrettstown and Ballyscaddane. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Henry Franks, grandson of Henry, held land in the parishes of Farahy and Kildorrery, barony of Fermoy. He was also "of Gortnavidera, county Tipperary". Sir John Franks, a distinguished lawyer and Judge of the Supreme Court of Bengal, was a younger son of Thomas Franks of Ballymagooly, county Cork. He married his cousin, Catherine Franks of Carrig, county Cork, and had two sons and three daughters. The Franks family bought the Ryves estate in the early 1850s and Sir John's eldest son is referred to as John Franks of Ballyscaddane in Burke's ''Landed Gentry of Ireland'' (1904). John Franks of Ballyscadane owned over 3,196 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s. The Franks still owned Ballyscaddane at the beginning of the 20th century.