Landed Estates
NUI Galway



Members of this family were large leaseholders in the barony of Clare, county Galway in the 19th century.


Name Description
Fair (Levally) In the early 19th century a branch of the Fair family held the lands of Levally and Cappagory situated just outside Ballinrobe, in the barony of Kilmaine, county Mayo, from the Ruttledges of Bloomfield. By the time of Griffith's Valuation Levally was part of the farm leased by James Simpson from the Earl of Lucan. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the representatives of Robert Fair held the townland of Cloonacauneen, parish of Oranmore, in the county of the town of Galway. He had acquired this land in 1843 from the Cullinanes. The townland remained in the possession of the Fair family until 1911 when it was vested in the Congested Districts Board by Robert and Maria Alicia Julia Fair. In the 1870s Frances Mary Fair owned a total of 478 acres in county Galway.
Cullinane Mountbrowne was originally part of the estate of the Brownes of Coolaran and Kilskeagh. By the time of Griffith’s Valuation Mountbrowne was owned in part by John Cullinane. In June 1857 294 acres of the townland was advertised for sale by the trustees of the marriage settlement of Martin Cullinane and his wife Elizabeth. However John Cullinane was recorded as the owner of 294 acres in county Galway in the 1870s. Thomas Cullinane held Derrymaclaughna from James Browne in the 1850s and was also tenant of part of the neighbouring townland of Barnaboy which he held from the Frenches. Samuel Burne’s interest in Derrymaclaughna was offered for sale in December 1854. The Freeman's Journal reports that the property was purchased by Redmond Carroll for £2000. In 1860 and 1866, the French interest in Barnaboy was offered for sale by the trustees of the will of Frances Maria French.
Blake (Tuam) Mark Blake was the second son of George Blake of Garracloone, county Mayo and his wife Juliane Lynch. Mark Blake appears to have inherited some of the former Lynch estate in the county of the town of Galway including Cloonacauneen Castle. His elder brother Martin Blake Lynch died without heirs in circa 1799. His son Mark and grandson Martin were both "of Killeen Castle". His fourth son Charles was ancestor of the Blakes of Tuam and the Blakes were living at Brooklawn, not far from Tuam, by the end of the 18th century. The townland of Fartamore was still in Blake possession at the time of Griffith's Valuation. John Dunkin Blake of Brooklawn, a grandson of Charles married Alice Leonard in 1876. In the 1870s Charles Blake of Tuam owned land in the county of the town of Galway, counties Mayo and Tipperary amounting to a total of 563 acres.