Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Watkins


Estate(s)

Name Description
Roberts (Kilmoney) This family are a junior branch of the Roberts family of Brightfieldstown, county Cork, baronets. In 1718 Hodder Roberts of Bridgetown, county Cork, married Jane Watkins, of Oldcourt, barony of Fermoy. From their sons Watkins and Michael descend the Roberts of Shanballymore and Kilmoney Abbey. Burke's "Landed Gentry of Ireland" (1904) states that Michael inherited part of the lands of Glanworth and other estates in county Cork from his uncle Michael. At the time of Griffith's Valuation his descendant Michael Roberts held extensive property in the parishes of Carrigaline and Glanworth while John Roberts held land in the parish of Templeroan. . Premises in Cork city and mills at Knockanemore, barony of East Muskerry and at Carrigaline, barony of Kerricurrihy and other lands were advertised for sale in October 1858, part of the estate of Michael Roberts. In June 1863 the estate of Michael Roberts and William Poulter Roberts in and near the city of Cork was advertised for sale. This sale included Mount Rivers. Many of the lots in this sale were purchased by Mr. Davis. In June 1867 the estate of John Roberts in the barony of Fermoy, amounting to over 1,100 acres was advertised for sale. Mr. Michael Maguire was the main purchaser. In the 1870s, various members of this family owned between 800 and 1000 acres in county Cork. Shanballymore Lower including the house and demesne, the estate of John Roberts was advertised for sale again in May 1884.
Watkins In June 1853 the estate of John Watkins of the city of Dublin, an insolvent, was advertised for sale. This included the mansion house and demesne of Old Court and about 2,000 acres at Wallstown, Ballyellis, Ballyandrew and Lougheagle in the barony of Fermoy, county Cork. Most of this land was held on a lease dated 1724 from the Earl of Doneraile to John Watkins. Old Court was leased to John Stawell in 1813 by John Watkins and St Leger John Watkins. The Freeman's Journal gives details of the various purchasers.