de Courcey -
The de Courcey family held land in the parish of Drumreilly, barony of Dromahaire in the mid-19th century.
At the time of Griffith's Valuation Isabella Palmer was leasing property valued at £10 at Drumkeel, barony of Dromahaire from the estate of the Earl of Tyrconnell. The buildings is extant but derelict.
At the time of Griffith's Valuation Patrick Buchan was leasing a property valued at £12 at Lecarrow or Strandhill, barony of Dromahaire, from James Fawcett. Lewis records Strand Hill as a seat of the Fawcett family in 1837.
John Massy was leasing a house valued at £10, at Munakill, barony of Dromahaire, to Allan Armstrong at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The house at this site is labelled Lakeview House on the 25-inch Ordnance Survey map of the 1890s. A house is still extant at the site.
Drumahaire Lodge -
Dromahaire Lodge was part of the Lane-Fox estate and was usually the home of the agent. During the 19th century these included D. Stewart and Joshua Kell. To the rear site are the ruins of a seventeenth-century fortified house, built by Sir William Villiers and formerly the seat of the O'Rourke family.
Hewson (Drumahaire) -
Capt. George Hewson purchased part of the Lane-Fox estate near Dromahaire in 1894. He acted as agent for several landlords. He extended and renovated the house known as the Lodge, which had been there from the Lane-Fox time. He was a son of the Reverend Francis Hewson of the Ennismore, county Kerry, family.
In 1906 John Hosie, is recorded as the occupier of property at Castle Dargan townland, barony of Tirerrill, including mansion house and almost 200 acres of untenanted land. Castle Dargan was previously a seat of the Ormsby family. Johnston states that the Hosie family had been millowners in Dromahaire since 1849.
Whyte (Newtown Manor) -
Colonel John James Whyte is recorded as the owner of over 9000 acres in county Leitrim in the 1880s. At the time of Griffith's Valuation he held property in the parish of Drumlease, barony of Dromahaire. He lived at Newtown Manor, sometimes described as Dromahaire and sometimes as Sligo. He also had a house at Glencar Lodge, county Leitrim. In 1874 Charles Cecil Beresford Whyte married Petronella Halberg of Swedan, who succeeded to the estates of Charles Manners St George in counties Leitrim & Roscommon. In 1906 Charles B. Whyte was the owner of over 1000 acres of untenanted land at Scramore as well as the mansion house at Carrickfad. In 1911 an offer was accepted from the Congested Districts Board on over 9,000 acres of the Whyte estate.
At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Patrick Buchan, agent to the Creevlea Iron Works, was leasing buildings valued at £17 at Tawnahoney, barony of Dromahaire, from John Johnston. This property does not appear to be extant at the time of the 25-inch Ordnance Survey map in the 1890s. In 1786 Wilson had noted a property in the nearby townland of Gortermone as a seat of Mr. Johnston. It is not shown on the Ordnance Survey maps.
In the 1870s the representatives of James McFadden owned over 1100 acres in county Sligo. At the time of Griffith's Valuation he is recorded as the lessor of several townlands in the parish of Kilmactranny, barony of Tirerrill. His trustees offered for sale lands at Bohee, barony of Mohill, county Leitrim, in November 1870. Lands in the baronies of Tirerrill, county Sligo and Dromahaire, county Leitrim were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court in July and November 1872. The estate also held lands in county Cavan.
Palmer (Leitrim) -
The Palmer family were resident at Sriff or Shriff from at least the end of the 18th century. They held lands in the parishes of Drumlease and Drumreilly, barony of Dromahaire in the mid-19th century. Henry Manly Palmer of Sriff was a member of the Grand Jury for Leitrim in 1851. Isabella Palmer of Drumkeel is recorded as owning over 1300 acres in Leitrim in 1876. Thomas Robert Palmer, living at Friarstown in the 1870s, owned over 1600 acres in county Leitrim at that time. This family intermarried with the Cullen family of county Leitrim on a number of occasions.
Phibbs (Drumlease) -
Burton Phibbs was the lessor of several townlands in the parish of Drumlease, barony of Dromahaire, in the 1850s. In 1871 the assignees of Burton Phibbs together with others, offered for sale lands at Kilmore and Banagher in the barony of Drumahaire in the Landed Estates Court. The lands were held on perpetual lease from the While estate. Miss Anne Phibbs, late of 92 Bedford St. Liverpool and the representatives of Mrs. Margaret Phibbs, of 38 Gloucester St. Dublin are described as holding 618 and 1129 acres respectively in Leitrim in the late 1870s.
Carter (Dromahaire) -
McParlan includes John Carter and brothers of Drumlease on a list of "resident gentlement of property" in 1802. In 1814 John Carter was resident at Thornville near Dromahair. Lewis records Bellvue in the parish of Drumlease, barony of Drumahaire as a seat of the Carter family in 1837. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Catherine Jane Carter was leasing a property in the town of Drumahaire from the Lane Fox estate valued at almost €£10.
Drumlease Glebe/Lurganboy Lodge -
Lurganboy Lodge was built by the original Owen Wynne who acquired land in the area, probably in the later 17th century. Wilson notes it as a lodge belonging to Owen Wynne in 1786. Rev. Wilby Wynne was occupying Drumlease Glebe, barony of Dromahaire, at the time of Griffith's Valuation when it was valued at £20. This house is shown on the 25-inch Ordnance Survey map on the site of Lurganboy Lodge. The building is still extant but was damaged by fire in 2002. McParlan includes John Carter and brothers of Drumlease on a list of "resident gentlemen of property" in 1802.
Hugh Lyons Montgomery was MP for Leitrim, 1852-57 and served as High Sheriff in 1840. In 1876 the Montgomery estate held over 10,000 acres in county Leitrim. This included lands in the parish of Drumlease, barony of Dromahaire. The 1940s Irish Tourist Association survey records that the family were reputedly extravagent, a factor which eventually led to the break up of the estate in the early 1900s. The Acts of Settlement Grants indicate that Capt. Hugh Montgomery received property in the town of Athenry, county Galway as well as extensive lands in county Leitrim and county Longford, the latter jointly with Hugh Campbell.
Johnston (Friarstown) -
The Friarstown estate was held on lease by the Johnston family from the Earl of Milltown though Friarstown House seems to have been leased to others. Aghacashel was leased by the Johnston family from the Blachford estate of Lisnover in county Cavan. Members of the Johnston family of Aghacashel and Friarstown served as High Sheriffs of Leitrim between 1701-1812. In 1802 McParlan recorded Robert Johnston of Ahacashel and John Johnston of Friarstown on his list of "resident gentlemen of property". In 1851 lands, the property of John and Thomas Johnston, at Killaleen, barony of Dromahaire were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court. Later, in June 1855, properties in the baronies of Carrigallen and Leitrim, the estate of Joseph & Robert Johnston, were offered for sale. Jane Page, the administratrix of John Johnston, offered for sale lands in the barony of Dromahaire, in the Encumbered Estates Court in February 1857. In December 1858 demesne lands at Friarstown as well as lands in the baronies of Tirerrill and Dromahaire were offered for sale by John William Johnston.
In May 1858 the house and demesne at Aghacashel were offered for sale by William Blachford and Charles Hamilton. The documents indicate that the original lease, in 1744, was between Rev. John Blachford and George Johnston. In May 1862 John Johnston offered for sale over 1700 acres in the parish of Killarga in the Landed Estates Court. The observations indicate that these lands were, until the end of the seventeenth century, the property of the O'Rorke clan. In the eighteenth century they were acquired by Patrick Cullen who later sold a portion to the Johnston estate. The Irish Times reports that some of the lots in this sale were purchased by the owner while others were purchased, in trust, by Mr. Palmer. In November 1865, January and July 1866 John Johnston again offered for sale lands at Friarstown. The house at Aghacashel and over 200 acres of untenanted land had become the property of Thomas Guckian by 1906. Possibly connected with the Johnstons of Killannin.
Rev. William Slacke, with an address at Newcastle, county Down, owned over 2000 acres in Leitrim in 1878. In 1856 a Rev. William Slack was occupying a property at Kiltubbrid owned by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. He was also the lessor of Lakeview House in Mohill parish to William Lawder and townlands in the parish of Drumreilly, barony of Dromahaire at that time. In May1859 the property at Annadale was being offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court by the Norris family. In July of that year Arthur Keene, the assignee of Thomas Slack, an insolvent, offered for sale the rental of lands at Drumcong or Bellview, in the barony of Leitrim. In January 1865 Anne Cunningham and William and Randal Slack were offering for sale the lands at Drumcong and Drumdart in the baronies of Leitrim and Mohill. Randal T. Slack, heir of William L. Slack offered over 100 acres for sale in the Land Judges Court in July 1879. The lands, in the barony of Carrigallen, had been purchased by William Slack from the Armstrong estate in 1878.
The Lewis family held lands in Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon. William Lewis is also recorded as a lessor of property in the parish of Kilronan, barony of Boyle, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The ''Landowners' Survey'' of 1876 notes that the land owned by William Lewis, now held by Capt. W. Bond, with an address at Edgeworthstown, owned over 300 acres in county Roscommon at that time. In November 1877, over 1000 acres of the estate in the baronies of Dromahaire and Leitrim, county Leitrim and the barony of Boyle, county Roscommon, were offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court by the trustees of the marriage settlement of William Bond and Mary Letitia Bond, nee Lewis. The property had been held under a fee-farm grant dated 1840 between Thomas W. Bond and William Lewis.
Hall (Leitrim, Roscommon, Tipperary) -
Robert Hall, an Enniskillen merchant, purchased Merton Hall, county Tipperary, in 1828 and in 1841 was murdered in Uskane.The representatives of Robert Hall were lessors of townlands in the parish of Fenagh, barony of Leitrim and parish of Drumreilly, barony of Dromahaire, county Leitrim in 1856. In the 1870s Mrs. Hall of Merton Hall, Borrisokane, county Tipperary, owned 186 acres in Leitrim while the representatives of Robert Hall held 402 acres. Robert Hall is also recorded as the lessor of lands in the parish of Kilronan, barony of Boyle, county Roscommon at the time of Griffith's Valuation. At the same time Richard Hall was a lessor in the parish of Roscommon, barony of Ballintober South. Members of the Hall family with addresses in London owned almost 500 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s. The county Tipperary estate of the Halls was in the barony of Lower Ormond, mainly in the parish of Uskane but also in the parishes of Aglishcloghane, Kilbarron and Modreeny. The estate of Richard Hall, of Innismore Hall, county Fermanagh and Robert Hall, of Merton Hall, county Tipperary, including lands in counties Roscommon, Leitrim, Tipperary, Dublin and Fermanagh, in total 3,966 acres, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court in December 1858. Over 1300 acres of the Hall estate was offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in November 1877 and again in the Land Judges Court in 1878 and 1879. This sale included lands in the baronies of Dromahaire and Leitrim, county Leitrim. Hussey de Burgh records the representatives of Robert Hall as owners of 724 acres in county Louth, 369 acres in county Tipperary and 272 acres in county Wicklow. Ada Ireland (nee Hall), wife of De Courcy Plunkett Ireland, was one of the representatives of Robert Hall. In the 1880s Bateman records Richard Hall as the owner of some of this property, including 465 acres in county Roscommon, 369 acres in Tipperary and 588 acres in Leitrim.
The Wynne family established themselves in Sligo in the later 17th century. They went on to become one of the dominant forces in political and economic life for the next two centuries. As well as estates in Sligo they held over 15,000 acres in county Leitrim. Owen Wynne served as High Sheriff of that county in 1724 and went on to become High Sheriff of Sligo later. McParlan gives a detailed description of Hazelwood in his account of Sligo in 1802. John Wynne was the lessor of several townlands in the parishes of Killasnet, barony of Rosclogher and Cloonlogher, barony of Dromahaire, county Leitrim, in 1856. Previously, in 1855, he had offered for sale lands at Garryduff, barony of Tireragh and property in the city of Dublin. John Wynne also served as High Sheriff of Leitrim, in 1834. The Wynne's Tireragh lands were held under fee-farm grant from John ffolliott and Edward Nicholson. In 1876 Owen Wynne offered for sale some of his estate in the barony of Carbery. The Irish Times reported that many of the lots were sold out of court while it also gives a detailed breakdown of the purchasers' of the other lots. Properties which Owen Wynne offered for sale in the Land Judges' Court in 1881 in and around the town of Sligo included lands leased from the Wood Martin estate. In 1906 Owen Wynne is recorded as the occupier of Hazelwood Demesne including a mansion house.
Ormsby Gore -
LordHarlech's estate held land in the baronies of Leyny, Tireragh and Tirerrill in county Sligo as well as over 2000 acres in county Leitrim including lands in the parish of Drumreilly, barony of Dromahaire. They also owned over 1000 acres in the parish of Killasser, barony of Gallen, county Mayo. Their main residence in the west of Ireland was at Derrycarne, near Drumod, county Leitrim, which had previously been part of the Nisbet family estate. The family also held property in the parishes of Cloone and Drumreilly, barony of Mohill, county Leitrim and Kilcooley, barony and county of Roscommon. The Ormsby-Gore family also held properties at Brogyntynx, in Wales as well as in England. In the 1870s the estate was comprised of 21,019 acres in county Sligo, 7,480 acres in county Leitrim, 1,174 acres in county Mayo and 172 acres in county Roscommon. In 1906 the estate held over 100 acres of untenanted land at Willowbrook, barony of Carbury, county Sligo. Lord Harlech sold 1,367 acres in county Mayo to the Congested Districts' Board on 28 July 1906 and a further 1172 acres on 22 Feb 1912.
Crofton (Mohill) -
In the 1870s Sir Morgan Crofton held almost 10,000 acres in county Leitrim. the estate was centred on Mohill House. The family also had properties elsewhere in Ireland, notably at Shanganagh in Dublin and had an English residence at Sunnyside, Box, Wiltshire.Members of the family served as High Sheriffs and MPs for Leitrim from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. McParlan includes Duke Crofton of Mohill on a list of "resident gentlement of property" in 1802. In the 1850s the Crofton estate was leasing Aghamore House in the parish of Mohill to Russell Cameron and a second property in Mohill to John Kane. The Crofton estate held lands in Inishmagrath parish which appeared to be on a long lease from the Hamilton estate since the 18th century as well as lands in Drumreilly parish, barony of Dromahaire and Aughrim parish, barony of Roscommon. A Morgan Crofton is recorded as the agent to Lord Lorton in the barony of Boyle, county Roscommon, at the time of the first Ordnance Survey. It is probably the same Morgan Crofton who is recorded as a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon in 1828. Sir Morgan Crofton of Mohill owned 9,590 acres in county Leitrim, 1,608 acres in county Longford and 271 acres in county Roscommon (parishes of Cloonfinlough and Kiltrustan) in the 1870s.
The Cullen family had held land in Leitrim, particularly in the Manorhamilton and Kinlough areas, since the time of Charles I, when Patrick Cullen came from Scotland as part of Sir Frederick Hamilton's troop in 1641. They married into other landed families in the area including the Wynne family of Hazelwood, Sligo. The Wray family were also married into the Cullen family and held over 500 acres in the Glenboy area of county Leitrim in 1878. McParlan includes Rev. Mr. Cullen of Skreeny on a list of "resident gentlemen of property" in 1802. In 1852 part of the estate of Cairncross T. Cullen was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court. Some 470 acres, a portion of the Skreeney estate, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in January 1855. In May 1859 Francis Nesbitt Cullen offered for sale his lands in the barony of Dromahaire including the house in the townland of Cavan. He purchased one lot while F.W. Cullen and Mr. Swansy purchased other lots.
John James Cullen offered lands in the barony of Rosclogher for sale in the Landed Estates Court in November 1865 and June 1866. In May 1867 Cairncross and Hester Cullen offered land at Grange, barony of Carbury, county Sligo, for sale in the Landed Estates' Court. In November of that year the Irish Times reported that these lands had been purchased, in trust, by Mr. Kincaid for £2550. Henry Charles Cullen offered the demesne and lands at Corry for sale in November 1876. Some of this property was purchased by William Nixon while the sale of other lots was adjourned. Members of the Cullen family owned over 5000 acres in county Leitrim in the 1870s.