Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Foreman


Estate(s)

Name Description
Geoghegan/O'Neill (Bunowen) Art Geoghegan of Castletown, county Westmeath, was transplanted to the confiscated O'Flaherty lands at Bunowen, parish of Ballindoon, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway, by the Cromwellian Commissioners. During the 18th century the Geoghegans became Protestants and at the beginning of the 19th century changed their surname to O'Neill. The Geoghegans were originally one of the septs of the south Uí Neill. John Augustus O'Neill, Member of Parliament, succeeded to the estate in 1830 but after the Famine he was in severe financial difficulty and sold most of his estate in 1852 to Valentine O'Connor Blake of Towerhill. At the time of Griffith's Valuation a Thomas Geoghegan held a townland in both the parishes of Moyrus and Ballindoon, barony of Ballynahinch.
Foreman At the time of Griffith's Valuation Richard Foreman held two townlands in the parish of Ballindoon, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway, amounting to over 1,700 acres and previously part of the Bunowen estate of the O'Neills. Thomas Bennett had bought one of the townlands, Beaghcaunneen, from the O'Neill sale and leased it in late 1852 to Richard Foreman for 999 years. The assignees of Thomas Bennett advertised the sale of his interest in Beaghcaunneen in 1858 and 1859. The Freeman's Journal reported in March 1859 that the townland had been bought in trust for J.C. Lyons. In the 1870s William Foreman [a medical doctor] of Wigan in Lancashire, England, owned 3,236 acres in county Galway. It is not clear if the two Foremans are connected but the letter in the Lancashire Record Office tends to suggest that William Foreman was corresponding with a Mr Hart of Clifden, Connemara, close to the parish of Ballindoon.
Lyons In 1871 the trustees of the will of John Charles Lyons advertised for sale lands in the parishes of Ballindoon and Moyrus, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway. These lands were in the hands of Richard Foreman and Thomas Geoghegan at the time of Griffith's Valuation.