Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Lynch (Lynch's Castle)


Andrew Henry Lynch compiled statistics on the population of Ireland in the second decade of the 19th century. He was a lawyer and Member of Parliament for county Galway 1832-1841.


Name Description
Campbell Lord Campbell gained possession of the Moycullen and West Barna estates of Andrew Henry Lynch in the parishes of Kilcummin and Rahoon, county Galway, advertised for sale by Lynch's co heiresses in the Encumbered Estates' Court in June 1851. The estates were heavily mortgaged to Lord Campbell. In the early 1870s Lord Campbell owned over 5,000 acres in county Galway and over 3,000 in the county of the town of Galway. Almost 4,000 acres of his estate was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 31 Mar 1915.
Lynch (Lynch's Castle) In the 19th century Andrew Henry Lynch, son of Patrick Lynch, owned an estate of approximately 4,300 acres in the parish of Kilcummin, barony of Moycullen, county Galway and another estate in the parish of Rahoon in the county of the town of Galway containing almost 4,000 acres, which he purchased from the Lynches of Barna in 1834. Andrew Henry Lynch was a Member of Parliament for the city of Galway between 1832 and 1841. Sale particulars for the West Barna estate of 3,130 acres, mainly in the parish of Rahoon, were compiled in 1846/7 by direction of the trustees and mortagees. In 1851 Andrew H. Lynch's estates were put up for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court by his sisters and co-heiresses and were taken over by John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell and previously Lord High Chancellor of Ireland, to whom they were heavily mortgaged. In May 1856 another estate at Lydacan in the barony of Dunmore, was advertised for sale by the co-heiresses of Andrew H. Lynch.
Lynch (Barna) According to Burke's ''Landed Gentry of Ireland'' the Barna estate came into the possession of the Lynches through marriage with an O'Halloran heiress in the 17th century and through purchase from the Whaley family. Further additions to their estate were made through marriages with a Blake of Renvyle heiress and a French of Cloghballymore. In the late 18th century a son of Mark Lynch of Barna lived at Cloghballymore and had a daughter Anne who married Maurice Blake of Ballinafad, county Mayo. The Lynches resided at Barna, just west of Galway city. James Hardiman referred to the 'highly improved and elegant seat of Marcus Blake Lynch which for situation and beauty of prospect stands unrivelled'. Before the Famine their estate appears to have been in the Courts. Some of it in the barony of Ballynahinch was sold to the Grahams of county Fermanagh in the early 1840s and some may have transferred into the ownership of the Comyn family through marriage. What was known as the West Barna Estate was sold to Andrew Henry Lynch in 1834. However at the time of Griffith's Valuation the Lynches still retained a large estate in the parishes of Rahoon, barony of Galway and Moyrus, barony of Ballynahinch. By June 1869 their estate of 9,565 acres in the parish of Moyrus was being advertised for sale, 5 of the 8 lots were sold that year. In the early 1870s they owned 4,100 acres in the county and 1,711 in the county of the town of Galway.
French (Moycullen) Martin J. Blake states that John French Fitz Stephen was given 2,200 acres by the Cromwellian Commissioners, at Moycullen, county Galway, as a tranplanted person. His son Thomas was confirmed in his possession by patent under the Acts of Settlement. Four generations of Frenchs held this estate until the death of Thomas French of Moycullen in the early 1780s. He is recorded as residing at Moycullen on the Taylor and Skinner map. Martin J. Blake refers to the sale of the French's Moycullen estate following a law suit after the death of Thomas. At least some of the estate was in the possession of Andrew Henry Lynch in 1851 when he sold it to Lord Campbell.
Lynch (Lydacan) Patrick Melvin writes of a grant in 1720 of the castle and lands of Lydacan by Protestant trustees to Patrick Lynch. Soon afterwards the estate of approximately 1,000 acres was mortgaged to Edward Eyre of Galway. By the early 19th century the estate was in the hands of the Court of Chancery and some members of the family had emigrated to Argentina. Patrick and James Lynch, merchants of Lynch's Castle, Galway, bought the estate from the Court. The Lynch brothers had also bought the estate of the Frenches at Moycullen. Both properties passed to Andrew Henry Lynch, the son of Patrick. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the representatives of Andrew H. Lynch were leasing the property at Lydacan, in the parish of Claregalway, to Peter McDonald.