Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Sayers (Sunville)


Estate(s)

Name Description
Ponsonby/Carrique-Ponsonby The estate at Crotta, Parish of Kilflynn, barony of Clanmaurice, was granted to the Ponsonbys in the seventeenth century. Smith states that Henry Ponsonby settled at Crotto and Stackstown around 1666 having been granted the land under the Acts of Settlement in counties Kerry and Limerick. John Carrique was also granted an estate at this time. The estate of Thomas Carrique Ponsonby in the barony of Magunihy, county Kerry, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in June 1850. A further 290 acres, leased by the Ponsonbys from the Bishop of Limerick, was offered for sale in the Court in 1857.
Sayers (Sunville) Edward Sayers held a townland in the parish of Particles, barony of Coshlea, county Limerick, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The house was valued at £26 and the corn mill which was in the demesne grounds at £18. Sunville and its mills had previously belonged to the Godsell family who had been located at Sunville from the late 17th century. The house, mill and 287 acres were advertised for sale in January 1853. The rental states that this property was originally part of the Ponsonby estate and that an Act of Parliament had been passed in the 1780s for the sale of the estates of James C. Ponsonby. In the 1870s Edward Seyers of Sunville, Charleville, owned 621 acres in county Limerick. Edward Sayers may be a member of the Sayers family of Croghnacree, barony of Fermoy, county Cork, held from the St Leger family of Doneraile. The Irish Times reported on the sale of portions of the latter property in November 1864. The sale of two lots was adjourned while the third was sold to a Mr. Walsh. In January 1888 property owned by Hugh Thomas Sayers in the barony of Middlethird, county Tipperary, was offered for sale in the Land Judges' Court. The sale was adjourned to allow negotiations between representative of the tenants and the owner's solicitor with a view to the tenants purchasing the estate.
Knight Christopher Knight of Ballynoe, parish of Ballyhay, barony of Orrery and Kilmore, county Cork, died in 1728 leaving by his wife Ellen Gibbs a number of sons. The eldest son James Knight of Newtown (Ballynoe) married Elizabeth daughter of Joseph Gubbins of Maidstown, county Limerick. Their eldest son was Sir Christopher Knight of Brickfield and Ballyvodane, county Limerick and Newtown, county Cork who died without surviving sons. The Knight estate was inherited by the Sanders and Waggett families who were related through marriage. [The estate of Edward Ellis Knight at Ballinamought, North Liberties, Cork city, was advertised for sale in February 1852].