Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Mason (Masonbrook)


Estate(s)

Name Description
Mason (Masonbrook) The early generations of this family, Robert Mason and his sons, George and Robert of Loughrea, are documented in the Westport Papers. Robert Mason was an agent for Colonel John Browne of Westport in the early 1690s. In 1703 he bought part of the forfeited estate of Thomas Burke in the barony of Leitrim. Some genealogists suggest that there is a link between these Masons and those of Waterford and of Ballymacelligott, county Kerry. Melvin writes that the Mason family sold Masonbrook to the Dalys of Dalyston in the 18th century.
Daly (Dalystown) In 1814 the Rt. Hon Denis Bowes Daly was the owner of the Dalystown estate, the son of Hyacinth Daly and Rose Daly. He had a long career in politics, representing both county Galway and Galway Borough as well as King's County (Offaly). He married Charlotte Ponsoby in 1780 but she died a year later. Melvin writes that when Denis Bowes Daly died in 1821 the Masonbrook part of his estates was placed in the hands of trustees to settle his debts. In 1834 it was sold by the Court of Chancery to James Smyth of Loughrea for £12,100.