Drumsna House -
The 1854 Encumbered Estate Court Sale notice for the Walsh estate includes a lithograph of Drumsna House, the property then occupied by the family in Drumsna. It is shown, though not labelled, on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map but does not appear on the 25-inch map of the 1890s.
At the time of Griffith's Valuation Mary Anne Walsh was leasing a property valued at £17 to Hugh Byrne at Drumsna, barony of Leitrim. In June 1883 Gerald F. Walsh offered for sale the property in Drumsna known as Belmont. Modern housing now occupies the site.
Keogh (Drumsna) -
The bulk of the lands owned by the Keogh estate were held in county Roscommon. However, the Keogh family are recorded as residing at Flanker House, Drumsna in the 1870s. In the 1830s this house is recorded as being the home of Mr. Potter. In the 1870s George Keogh is listed as the owner of 600 acres in county Leitrim, his address is given as Brighton, England. At the same time Robert Keogh, residing at Bonnybeg, Drumsna, held lands in county Roscommon.
Walsh (Mohill) -
John Walsh was leasing property from Rev. Augustus Crofton in Mohill parish in the 1850s. He is also recorded as the lessor of a house valued at £12 in Clooncahir townland which was vacant at the time of Griffith's Valuation. The Walsh family "of Drumsna" are recorded as agents to the Boyle estate of Oliver Begg, of Mount Dalton, county Meath at the time of the first Ordnance Survey. In 1837 Hugh Walsh of Drumsna served as High Sheriff of Leitrim. In 1854 and again in 1861 the estate of Gerard Francis Walsh, a minor, was offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court. It included a house in Drumsna as well as lands in the baronies of Ballintober and Boyle, county Roscommon, the barony of Tullyhunco, county Cavan and other parts of county Leitrim. The petitioners included members of the O'Beirne family. Belmont mansion and demesne, part of the town parks of Drumsna, with a fee farm rent on some land in the parish of Kilmore, barony of Ballintober North, county Roscommon, the estate of Gerald Francis Walsh, were advertised for sale in June 1883. Gerald F. Walsh owned 257 acres in county Roscommon and 95 acres in county Leitrim in the 1870s.
Simpson (Clooncorick) -
A family who settled in the Drumsna area of county Leitrim at the beginning of the 18th century. Mr. Simpson of Drumsna was listed as a resident proprietor in Leitrim by McParlan in 1802.Pierce Simpson of Clooncorick served as High Sheriff of Leitrim in 1836. Clooncorick Castle was the seat of the Simpson family during the 19th century although it appears to have been leased from the Ormsby Gore estate. The estate also held several townlands in Mohill parish in the baronies of both Leitrim and Mohill and in the parishes of Elphin and Shankill, barony and county of Roscommon. In the 1870s the Simpson estate amounted to 1,652 acres in county Leitrim, 1,293 acres in county Roscommon and 339 acres in county Wexford. In June 1886 George Simpson, the owner, offered the estate for sale in the Land Judges' Court but the sale was adjourned due to absence of bidding.
Waldron/Waldron Hamilton -
A Leicestershire family who settled at Cartron near Carrick-on-Shannon on the county Leitrim/Roscommon border in the late 17th century. They later moved closer to Drumsna and resided at Ashfort House. In 1813, 1814 and 1832 members of the Waldron family of Drumsna were High Sheriffs of Leitrim. The Waldrons also held land in the parish of Kilmore, barony of Ballintober North, county Roscommon. In 1852 the heiress to Ashfort, Barbara Waldron, married John Hamilton from Lanarkshire who held land in the parish of Kilmore, barony of Ballintober North at the time of Griffith's Valuation. Their family name became Waldron Hamilton. Premises in Drumsna and land in the parish of Kilmore the estate of Edward Francis Waldron were advertised for sale in June and November 1863. The Irish Times of November 1867 reports that Mrs. M.A Waldron was the purchaser of most of this property. The original lease for these lands was between Baroness de Clifford and Edward Waldron in 1821. Waldron property at Lismoyle was offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in March 1871. The sale notice indicates that these lands wre held under grants in the 1790s from the Cullen and Nesbitt estates. Mary Anne Waldron of Cartron, Drumsna, was the owner of over 400 acres in county Leitrim in the 1870s. The Waldron estate in county Roscommon amounting to 1,437 acres was vested in the Congested Districts' Board on 17 July 1901. For more details of the genealogy of this family see http://www.binary.co.nz/Wald-Illawarra.txt
Campbell (Mountcampbell) -
The Campbell family held an estate at Mount Campbell outside Drumsna since the early eighteenth century. Lt. Col. Josias Campbell served as High Sheriff of Leitrim in 1720 and his son Samuel held the same office in 1756. In 1766 the Campbell estate passed to the Rowley family through marriage. The Campbells were also related to the Southwell and Russell families, Barons de Clifford.
King (Drumsna) -
The King family descend from the Reverend Edward King, Bishop of Elphin (1611-1639) who was granted lands forfeited by the O'Beirnes in the Drumsna area of county Roscommon early in the 17th century. The Bishop built the original houses at Charlestown and Kilmore. Members of the family served as High Sheriffs of Leitrim in the eighteenth century. Gilbert King was made a baronet in July 1815 and died in 1818. He was succeeded by his nephew Robert, who died in 1825. Robert's son Gilbert became the 3rd baronet and at the time of Griffith's Valuation he held an estate in the parishes of Kilmore, barony of Ballintober North and Aughrim, barony of Roscommon. In the 1870s Sir Gilbert King owned 1,858 acres in county Roscommon, 4,328 acres in county Sligo and 480 acres in county Leitrim.The King estate in North Sligo was principally in the parish of Drumcliff though Griffith's Valuation and the Ordnance Survey Name Books indicate Sir Gilbert King was the owner of a number of townlands in Tawnagh parish in Tirerrill barony also. In the 1870s Henry King owned over 1500 acres in county Sligo. . Extensive estates were also held in Leitrim and Roscommon. James King is recorded as owning over 2200 acres in county Leitrim in the 1870s while John King, with an address in France, owned almost 2500 acres.
O'Beirne (Drumsna) -
The O'Beirne estate was centred on Drumsna where they had a house at Jamestown. McParlan includes Mr. O'Beirne, Jamestown, on a list of "resident gentleman of property" in 1802.Francis O'Beirne and Hugh O'Beirne of Jamestown served as High Sheriff of Leitrim in 1831 and 1855. The O'Beirnes also held land in the parishes of Cloone and Fenagh, barony of Mohill and the parish of Oughteragh, barony of Carrigallen. The family also held extensive estates in the baronies of Ballintober North, county Roscommon and barony of Corran, county Sligo. 2000 acres of these were offered for sale in the Landed Estates court in June 1861. By the mid 19th century the surname of this family is found spelt in a number of different ways such as O'Beirne, Burns and Byrne. The Byrne family of Tinny Park, barony of Ballymoe appears to be the same family as the O'Beirnes of Jamestown. In 1906 Hugh O'Beirne still held 169 acres of untenanted demesne land at Jamestown. For further information about the O'Beirne family see ''The O'Beirne Family Journal'' and http://www.obeirnefamily.cwc.net/FamilyO'Beirne/Landowners.htm
Flanker House -
In the 1870s several members of the Keogh family, whose address is given as Flanker House, Drumsna, held property in county Roscommon. Flanker House is shown on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map. The Ordnance Survey Name Books mention "Flanker House, near the bridge, is the residence of Mr. Potter". The house is not labelled on the 25-inch map of the 1890s. Guckian indicates that the house was built and occupied by the Waldron family in the eighteenth century. In the first half of the twentieth century it was occupied initially by the O'Beirne family and finally by the McLoughlin family before it was demolished in the 1950s.
King (Ballylin) -
The King family of Ballylin, Ferbane, King's county (county Offaly) shared a common ancestry with the King family of Charlestown House, Drumsna, county Roscommon. John King established himself at Ballylin in the mid 18th century. He was succeeded at Ballylin by his nephew, Reverend Henry King, who held lands in the county Roscommon parishes of Kilmore, barony of Ballintober North, Roscommon, barony of Ballintober South, Elphin, barony of Roscommon and Kilmacumsy, barony of Frenchpark at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In the 1870s John Gilbert King of Ballylin owned 1033 acres in county Roscommon and 10,175 acres in King's county.
O'Beirne (Dangan) -
The families of Hugh O'Beirne and Patrick O'Beirne were both descended from Teige O'Beirne resident in the Drumsna area in the early 18th century. These two branches of the O'Beirne family were living at Jamestown and Dangan (the original O'Beirne stronghold) in the early 19th century. Patrick O'Beirne was a son of Colonel Andrew O'Beirne, Chief of the O'Beirne clan in the late 18th century. Andrew lost most of his property after the 1798 rebellion and four of his sons emigrated from Ireland. Patrick remained at Dangan and O'Beirnes continued to live there until at least the late 1830s.
The Lawders were a Scottish family who came to Ireland in the late 16th century marrying into landed families in county Cavan. At least one Lawder, John, is recorded as residing at Kiltubbrid, county Leitrim in 1649. The Lawder family were also settled at Bonnybeg House in Mohill parish by the late 17th century. Mough, in Fenagh parish was also associated with the family who later built Lawderdale in the same area. Several members of the family served as High Sheriffs of Leitrim between 1699-1853. McParlan records Edward Lawder "of Cloverhill" as a resident gentleman of property in county Leitrim in 1802. The Reverend Matthew Lawder, resident at Gresson House, Swanlinbar, county Cavan, succeeded to the property in 1876 and is recorded as holding 802 acres in county Leitrim in his own right. He also held property in Cavan and Limerick. William Lawder of Lawderdale is recorded as a lessor of lands in the parish of Kilronan, barony of Boyle, at the time of Griffith's Valuation and in the 1870s his estate amounted to 3,748 acres. The representatives of Mrs W. A. Lawder of Flanker House, Drumsna, owned 1,293 acres in county Leitrim in the 1870s.
The Devenish family were resident in county Roscommon from the 17th century. By the late 18th century William Devenish was living at Rush Hill. The families of two of his sons were resident at Rush Hill and Mount Pleasant throughout the 19th century. At the time of Griffith's Valuation one of his younger sons, Robert Devenish, held land from Reverend William Handcock and also from William Lloyd in the parish of Aughrim, barony and county of Roscommon and in the parish of Kilmore, barony of Ballintober North. Robert's older brother, John Devenish, held land in the parish of Lissonuffy, barony of Roscommon. Over 600 acres of the estate of John Devenish was offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in July 1873. These lands were situated in the baronies of Frenchpark and Roscommon. The Irish Times reported that they were sold to John Grady and Thomas Conry, the sales realising over £7500. In the 1870s George Devenish, of Delgany, county Wicklow and John Devenish of Rushill, Drumsna held 54 and 35 acres respectively in the county while John Devenish of Mountpleasant, Strokestown, still owned 597 acres.
Gilbert Mahon held land in the parish of Lissonuffy, barony and county of Roscommon in the mid 19th century. The ''Landowners of Ireland'' record Gilbert Mahon "now John Devenish", Rushill, owning 365 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s.
Lawder (Tully) -
Bryan Lawder, a farmer, was resident at Tully, parish of Elphin in 1749. The Lawder pedigree shows that this branch of the Lawder family were descended from Christopher Lawder of Drumsna who married Priscilla Crozier in 1761. Their grandsons were Christopher Hume Lawder, Horatio Lawder and Alonzo Lawder, all sons of John Lawder of Ashfort. Horatio Lawder, resident at Aghamore House, in Mohill parish, held 92 acres in county Leitrim and 443 acres in county Roscommon in the parish of Kilmore, barony of Ballintober North. The estate of Arthur Auchmuty Lawder, which included part of Aghamore, was advertised for sale in July 1884. Alonzo Lawder was married to a granddaughter of Thomas McDermottroe and lands in the parish of Kiltrustan of which he, his wife and his sisters-in-law were owners, were advertised for sale in January 1852. The purchasers included Messers. Eyre, Johns and Moore. Alonzo Lawder held land in the parishes of Cloonfinlough and Kitrustan, barony of Roscommon at the time of Griffith's Valuation. His land in the parish of Cloonfinlough was advertised for sale by his trustee in April 1864. The Irish Times reports that it was sold to Mr. John Gardiner, in trust for A. Lawder, for £1800. The Irish Times reported in February 1870 that attempts to sell parts of Alonzo Lawder's estate were repeatedly being frustrated and included the intimidation of prospective bidders. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Christopher Lawder was residing at Tully, parish of Kilmore, barony of Ballintober North, which he had purchased from the Kellys. In January 1877 the trustees of his will, John Lauder and James Henry Patrickson, were advertising the sale of Tully. The Irish Times reported that it was sold to Mr. Russell for £7700. George Lawder held some land in Lavagh, parish of Kilglass, in the 1850s. 47 acres of Lavagh held in fee by Thomas Hubback White and Allan White was advertised for sale in 1861. Christopher Hume Lawder who often appears on the sale rentals of the Land Courts as an assignee of insolvents, was First Clerk in the Town Department of the Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors, Dublin. George Dance Lawder was Second Clerk in the County Department of the same Court. Members of this branch of the Lawder family owned approximately 1,800 acres in county Roscommon in the 1870s. In 1889 Christopher Lawder sold lands at Aughamore in the Land Judges' Court. Following what was referred to by the Irish Times as "smart competition" the purchaser was M.J. O'Farrell, solicitor, in trust for John Rogers.
James Lawder lived at Lowfield in the parish of Kilmore in 1749, he was murdered in 1779.