Landed Estates
NUI Galway

de Courcy

Family title

Baron Kingsale


Name Description
de Courcy (Baron Kingsale) Lord Kingsale's estate was among the principal lessors in the parish of Ringrone, baronies of Courceys and Kinsale, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The family are said to descend from a John de Courcy who came to Ireland in the 1170s. In the later 19th century, their principal residence was at Saltash in Cornwall though Bateman records Adelaide, Lady Kingsale, as resident at Lea Castle, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, in the 1880s. In 1868, over 1000 acres in the barony of Courceys, held by the Gibbons family from the Kingsale estate, were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court. In the 1940s, the Irish Tourist Association Survey refers to a manor house, formerly the residence of the Lords Kingsale, which had stood near the Old Head of Kinsale but the ruins of which had almost disappeared in the nineteenth century.
Westhead Joshua Proctor Brown Westhead of Yorkshire was a Manchester manufacturer and a director of the Trent Valley Railway Company. He was Member of Parliament for Knaresborough 1847-1853 and for York 1857-1865 and 1868-1871. In 1855 his only daughter Adelaide married John Constantine de Courcy, 29th Baron Kingsale. The Westheads lived at Lea Castle, Wolverly in the latter 19th century. In the 1870s Joshua P.B. Westhead owned 3,473 acres in county Cork.