Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Frewen

Description

An old Sussex family tracing back to the 15th century. A number of family members were clerics. Their main residence was Brickwall House, Sussex.


Estate(s)

Name Description
Frewen In 1850 Thomas Frewen of Brickwall House, Sussex, purchased two townlands in the parish of Omey, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway from the sale of the D'Arcy estate for sporting purposes. The Frewens were also supporters of the Irish Church Missions. They later acquired two townlands in the parish of Moyrus from Samuel Jones and Munga in the parish of Ballindoon from John Geraghty, who had a 999 year lease from the O'Neills. In 1870 Moreton Frewen inherited his father's estate of 2709 acres in Connemara. Moreton Frewen was a colourful personality who married one of the Jerome sisters of New York and at one time had one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States of America. In 1917 he transferred his Connemara estate to his nephew, Layton Frewen, from whom it was eventually purchased by the Land Commission. A distinctly related branch of this family had purchased the Adderley estate at Innishannon, county Cork, by the mid 19th century.
Jones (Ardbear) At the time of Griffith's Valuation Samuel Jones held Ballyconneely and islands in the parish of Ballindoon, previously part of the estate of the O'Neills of Bunowen and two townlands in the parish of Moyrus, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway. In November 1864 John Campbell Jones advertised for sale in the Landed Estates' Court an estate of over 3,600 acres in the Clifden locality in twelve lots. Part of the estate was readvertised in July 1865 and again in May 1868. Moreton Frewen acquired the Jones estate in the parish of Moyrus. John C. Jones still owned 455 acres in county Galway in the 1870s.
Geraghty At the time of Griffith's Valuation the townland of Munga, parish of Ballindoon, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway, was held by John Geraghty on a 999 year lease from the O'Neills of Bunowen Castle. In the 1870s John Geraghty is recorded as owning 850 acres in county Galway. He sold his interest in Munga to the Frewens in the late 19th century.
Frewen (Cork) Thomas Frewen was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Ballymodan and Inishannon, baronies of East Carbery and Kinalea, county Cork at the time of Griffith's Valuation. His ancestor was a Cromwellian soldier who settled in the Castleconnell locality of county Limerick in the mid 17th century. The Frewen property was formerly the Adderley estate. The Frewen Papers contain a mortgage for £40,000 from John Frewen Turner (father of Thomas) to Edward Hale Adderley in 1830 (FRE/402). The Frewen estate amounted to almost 3,000 acres in the 1870s. Property at Gardenhill, Stradbally, county Limerick, owned by members of the Frewen family, was sold in the Landed Estates Court in March 1862. The purchaser was Mrs. Mary Steven of Limerick. Lands in county Limerick in the ownership of Margaret Frewen were offered for sale in the Land Judges' Court in March 1886. Mrs. Frewen indicated her interest in their purchase and the sale was adjourned.
Adderley (Innishannon) Thomas Adderley (1712-1791), son of Francis Adderley of Innishannon, county Cork and Elizabeth Fowkes and descendant of Edward Adderley and his wife Mary Hale of Innishannon and Alderley, Gloucestershire, was a politician and developer of the linen industry. He married firstly the widow of the 3rd Viscount Charlemont and secondly Margaret Bourke of Oory, county Mayo and was related to many of the influential families of the 18th century - Loftus, Gardner, Bernard for example. He held an estate in the Innishannon locality which became heavily encumbered following the succession of his son Edward Hale Adderly (died 1870 aged 100) and was acquired by the Frewens pre Griffith's Valuation. see http://www.innishannonschool.com/history16a.htm