Armstrong (Garadice) -
Members of the Armstrong family of "Carrickmackeegan", Garadice, served as High Sheriffs of Leitrim in 168 and 1726.
Irwin (Streamstown) -
Various members of the Irwin family are recorded as the owners of land in county Sligo in the 1870s. McTernan notes that this branch had been prominent in Sligo social and political life in the eighteenth century, serving as magistrates, Grand Jurors and High Sheriffs. However, as the ninetenth century progressed the family tended to live out of the county, principally in Dublin. In 1883 Bateman noted B. Irwin as the owner of over 5,700 acres in counties Sligo and Donegal.
George Nugent Reynolds was the owner of Letterfine in the late 18th century. McParlan records Mr. Reynolds of Letterfyan as a resident proprietor in Leitrim in 1802. Tradition suggests he was afterwards murdered by Richard Keon, a lawyer. His daughter Mary married John Peyton of Laheen and secondly Richard McNamara. His son George Nugent Reynolds (1770-1807) was a noted ballad writer. Members of the Reynolds family were High Sheriffs of Leitrim four times in the seventeenth century.
Jones (Leitrim) -
Catherine Penelope Jones was a lessor of land in several townlands in Drumreilly parish as well as elsewhere in county Leitrim, in 1856. She owned over 9000 acres in county Leitrim including the town of Ballinamore and resided at Hayle-place, Maidstone, Kent in 1876. Property in and near the town of Ballinamore, leased by the Jones Estate, was offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court by Mary Anne Heran and others, in April 1870. Two sisters of Catherine Penelope Jones of Headford married members of the Marsham family, Earls of Romney, and she was succeeded by her nephew George Marsham.
In the 1850s Drumard House in the parish of Mohill was being leased by Rev. Thomas Jones to William Jones. Rev. Thomas Jones is also listed as the owner of over 700 acres in county Leitrim in the 1870s. Thomas H. Jones and Theophilus B. Jones, both of Drumard, served as High Sheriffs of Leitrim in 1822 and 1835 while members of the Jones of Headford family served as High Sheriffs over ten times in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. McParlan records that Theophilus Jones was a non-resident proprietor in Leitrim in 1802.
Gore (Woodford) -
In 1703 William Gore of Woodford bought part of the estate of Charles O'Connor, attainted, in the barony of Ballintober, county Roscommon. Sir Ralph Gore, of Belle Isle, county Fermanagh, served as High Sheriff of Leitrim in 1710 and later as Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. His mother was Hannah Hamilton of Manor Hamilton, county Leitrim. McParlan includes John Gore of Woodford on a list of "resident gentlemen of property" in 1802. Robert Johnston Gore offered for sale lands at Tumonaghan as well as the house and demesne at Woodford in the Landed Estates Court in June 1865. The Gore estate at Woodford still amounted to over 500 acres in the 1870s. By 1906 the house and c.100 acres of untenanted land was the property of Emily Upperton. Members of the Gore family served as High Sheriffs of Leitrim in 1677, 1734, 1774 and 1775.
Rowley (Co Leitrim) -
The Rowley family inherited the Campbell estate at Mountcampbell through the marriage, in 1766, of Clotworthy Rowley to Letitia, daughter and co-heiress of Samuel Campbell of Mount Campbell. The Rowley family made careers for themselves in the Royal Navy and were mostly absentee landlords. McParlan records that in 1802 William Rowley was a non-resident proprietor in county Leitrim. In 1835 Mount Campbell was let to the inspector of police, Major Warburton. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography states, however, that Sir Josias Rowley died at his residence, Mount Campbell, in 1842, when the title became extinct. In the 1870s the Rowley estate amounted to over 2300 acres in county Leitrim. In 1906 William Rowley held over 200 acres of untenanted land and the mansion house at Mount Campbell. Members of the family were High Sheriffs of Leitrim in 1851 and again in 1899.
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.
The Tottenham family's main properties were based in Leinster, especially in the counties of Wicklow and Wexford. However, they also held property in Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Waterford. In 1802 McParlan recorded Mr. Tottenham as a non-resident proprietor in county Leitrim. The main house was at Glenfarne but the family also held property at Glenade. Members of the family served as High Sheriffs of Leitrim on six occasions in the nineteenth century between 1820-1898. The estate in county Leitrim amounted to over 14,500 acres in the 1870s. Almost 6000 acres was offered for sale in the Land Judges' Court in 1878 and 1883. In 1766 Charles Tottenham of New Ross, county Wexford, brother of Nicholas Loftus Tottenham of Glenfarne, married Frances Boswell, daughter and heiress of Robert Boswell of Ballycurry, county Wicklow. Frances Boswell owned land in the parish of Kilronan, barony of Boyle, county Roscommon and in the parishes of Ahamlish and Drumrat, county Sligo, in the 18th century. In 1814 Charles Tottenham of Glenfarne married Dorothea, daughter and heiress of George Crowe of Nutfield, county Clare. Dorothea Tottenham held land in the parishes of Templemaley, barony of Bunratty Upper and Tulla, barony of Tulla Upper, county Clare, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In May 1855, Arthur Loftus Tottenham, a minor, offered for sale his lands in the barony of Gaultiere, county Waterford, amounting to 140 acres. The Freeman's Journal reported that it was purchased by Mr. Walsh for over £1000.
The Godley family held lands in the barony of Carrigallen, centred around the house at Killygar, sometimes spelt Killegar. Martin Morris writes that the estate was originally bought in 1734 by Richard Morgan, a successful Dublin merchant and land agent. His daughter Mary married the Reverend Dr William Godley of Mullabrack, Co Armagh and their grandson John Godley built the present Killygar House which was completed in 1813. John Godley is also recorded as the lessor of several townlands in the parish of Drumreilly, barony of Mohill. John's eldest son John Robert Godley (1814-1861) founded the province of Canterbury, New Zealand and his son John Arthur Godley (1847-1932) was a distinguished diplomat who was raised to the peerage as Baron Kilbracken of Killegar in 1909. Members of the Godley family were High Sheriffs of Leitrim in 1818 and 1843. In the late 1870s Archibald Godley owned over 2000 acres in county Leitrim as well as lands in county Louth. Denis Godley, with an address in Dublin, owned over 1000 acres in county Leitrim. In 1906 Archibald Godley held over 200 acres of untenanted land at Killygar as well as the mansion house valued at £43. The 3rd Baron Kilbracken, journalist, author and adventurer, lived at Killygar House until his death in August 2006. For more information on the Godleys and Killygar see http://homepage.eircom.net/~carrigallen/killegar.html
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 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.
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.
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
Peyton (Laheen) -
The estate at Laheen, which had previously been associated with the Reynolds family, came into the Peyton family though the marriage of John Peyton to a daughter of Christopher Reynolds of Laheen in the early 18th century. The Peytons had first acquired land in Leitrim through an earlier marriage with the Reynolds family of Loughscur in the mid-17th century. In 1830 and 1865 members of the Peyton family of Laheen were High Sheriffs of Leitrim. In 1868 George Peyton was offering lands in the parish of Kiltoghert for sale in the Landed Estates' court. He held this property on lease from Richard Reynolds Peyton.
A junior branch of the Peytons of Laheen were resident in Castlebar in the 19th century.
In 1854 Anthony Joseph French, his wife Anne Jane and members of the Peyton family were advertising for sale in the Encumbered Estates' Court 1509 acres in the baronies of Carra and Gallen, county Mayo. Some of this acreage was in the parish of Ballyhean and appears to have been part of the estate owned by the Chambers of Kilboyne, who were connected to the Peytons through the marriage of Hamilton Peyton and Susanna Chambers in the later 18th century. In Griffith's Valuation the Peytons were the immediate lessors of 3 townlands and Anthony J.French of one townland in the parish of Ballyhean. A house and lands belonging to Anthony French and his wife at Rosbeg, were sold in the Landed Estates Court in November 1866. They were purchased in trust by a Mr. London. In the 1870s Bernard Peyton of Creagh's Villa, Castlebar, owned 1307 acres in county Mayo.
St. George -
Richard St George, a member of a Cambridgeshire family, came to Ireland in the 17th century and was appointed Governor of the town of Athlone. His grandson, Richard St George of Carrick on Shannon, county Leitrim, had two natural children, Richard St George, founder of the Hatley Manor, county Leitrim branch of the family and Mary St George, who married James Mansergh and they were the parents of Colonel Richard Mansergh St George of Headford, county Galway. Members of the family served as High Sheriffs of Leitrim in the eighteenth century. Charles Manners St. George and his Swedish wife Christina were the owners of the St.George estate in Leitrim in the mid-19th century. Petronella Halberg, niece of Christina St George, married Charles Whyte of Newtown Manor and the Whytes inherited Hatley Manor and much of the St George property. The representative of Mrs. St. George are listed as the owners of over 1600 acres in 1876. The family also held lands in counties Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary (629 acres in the parish of Donaghmore, barony of Iffa and Offa East) and Waterford where Christina St George is recorded as the owner of over 1000 acres. Over 300 acres of Sir John St. George's estate in the latter county was offered for sale in the Landed Estates Court in June 1878.
Sir Richard St. George of Tully is recorded as a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon in 1828. In 1852 the Roscommon portion of the estate in the barony of Moycarn was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court.This was the property of Richard Bligh St. George and Thomas Baldwin St. George. However, it appears not to have all been sold as Kate St.George was a principal lessor in the parish of Moore, barony of Moycarn, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. Her property was sublet from the Bishop of Meath. In the 1870s she is recorded as owning over 1700 acres in county Roscommon and was resident at Cheltenham, England.
Lloyd (Croghan & Leitrim) -
The Lloyd estate was centred on Croghan, close to Carrick-on-Shannon but located in county Roscommon. Guy Lloyd is recorded as owning over 1200 acres in county Leitrim in the 1870s, including townlands in the parish of Cloone, near Mohill. In 1828 Guy Lloyd was a member of the Grand Panel of county Roscommon. The Lloyds were also one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Killukin and Killummod, barony of Boyle and in the parish of Kilmacumsy, barony of Frenchpark, county Roscommon and in the 1870s their estate in county Roscommon amounted to over 7,300 acres. For most of the latter part of the 19th century the Lloyds of Croghan were absentee landlords. John Merrick Lloyd, who died in 1929, was the last member of the family to own Croghan. Most of the estate was already in the hands of the tenants and the remainder was bought by Captain William French, a connection of the Frenchs of Frenchpark. One of J.M. Lloyd's sisters married Stanhope F. Kenny of Ballinrobe. Members of the Lloyd family were High Sheriffs of Leitrim in 1846, 1869 and 1902. In 1852 a portion of the estate of Edward Lloyd and Elizabeth Campbell at Lyonstown, barony of Boyle and Ballinabinna, county Leitrim, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court. Several other members of the Lloyd family are recorded as owners of land in county Leitrim in the 1870s notably Robert, with an address at Twickenham, London, who held over 800 acres. His estate was mainly at Annaghmore in the barony of Mohill. A portion of it was offered for sale in the Landed Estates' Court in January 1877. Robert Jones Saunderson Lloyd offered lands in the barony of Leitrim for sale in the Land Judges' Court in June 1884. The Irish Times reported the adjournment of the sale due to absence of bidding. James Stuart Lloyd had an estate at Ardagh, county Sligo and his only daughter, Hester, married Richard Graves Brinkley of Fortland, Easkey.
Stamer (Carnelly) -
William Stamer, a member of an old English Protestant family from Essex, England, moved to county Kildare in the 1630s. A grandson George Stamer settled in county Clare after the Cromwellian settlement and was leasing Carnelly/Carrownanelly and Carhugar by the early 1670s from the Earl of Thomond. By the 1680s he was in possession of the castle of Clare and about 1,700 aces and held other lands from Viscount Clare in the barony of Moyarta and in County Limerick. However he lost much of his property during the Jacobite War but this was subsequently restored. When he died in 1708 he left all his estates to his son William, High Sheriff of Clare in 1717. William Stamer married Anna Bindon of Clooney, sister of the architect Francis Bindon who designed Carnelly house. Carnelly was built in the Queen Anne style sometime between 1730 and 1740. Succeeding generations of Stamers were High Sheriffs of Clare but seemed to die young. The male line died out in 1819 with the death of Lieutenant Colonel George William Stamer. At the time of Griffith’s Valuation his wife Mary J. Stamer held Carrownanelly in the parish of Clareabbey. His daughter married Savory, Duke de Rovigo in 1839 but the Duchess returned from France to live with her mother at Carnelly circa 1850. She had one daughter Marie de Rovigo who married Francis N. Burton of Carrigaholt, parish and barony of Moyarta, in 1866. Following their marriage they lived at Carnelly and the Duchess and her mother went to live at Stamer Park, Ennis. The Browns of Limerick appear to have been agent for this estate in the 1850s. The Burtons had no children and when Marie died in 1890 Carnelly passed to Guillamore O’Grady (1879-1952) a great great grandson of William Stamer of Carnelly (1750-1785) and after his death to the Vereker family Viscounts Gort. The family of Stamer baronets descend from the county Clare family.