Kilmaine, Co. Mayo - Chief Landlords of the area.

Photo:Cloghans

Cloghans

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Photo:Turin Castle

Turin Castle

by Evelyn Keane

Photo:Milford House

Milford House

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By Evelyn Keane

The Landlords were the Lewins, Rutherfords, Kirwans, Staples and Bowens.

Lewins

General Arthur Lewin owned part of the land of Kilmaine and occupied Cloghan Castle in the early 20tth century. The house has been described as 18th century with 19th century alterations. General Lewis was an aviation enthusiast and went to live in Nairobi, Kenya in the 1930’s.  Cloghan’s was sold in to the McCartans in the 1940’s and is now the home of the Kelly family. 

Rutherfords

In the 1850s, the Rutherfords occupied Turin Castle. They owned a vast amount of land around Kilmaine and a gatehouse was situated at the entrance to the estate. That small building still remains.

Kirwans

Milford House was the residence of the Kirwan family.  They owned several townlands within Kilmaine; Carrowmore; Ballycushion and Cloongownagh, to name but a few. In later years the Ormsby family married into the estate; the descendants of the family still occupy Milford House

Bowens

The Bowens of Co. Mayo appear to be descended from the Bowens of Ballyadams, Queen’s county (county Laois).  Anthony Bowen Elwood held lands in the parishes of Kilcommon, barony of Kilmaine and in Kilcolman, barony of Claremorris. He was recorded as an absentee landlord in 1802 and the estate was run by his agent Charles Cromie, who resided at Annefield, Hollymount.

This page was added by Averil Staunton on 26/09/2011.
Comments about this page

Hi, would anyone have any information on the Rippingham family of Ballinrobe?

Two Thomas Rippingham signed the 1716 Ballinrobe fortification petition; those who signed are described as freeholders, so presumably they owned land in the area at that time. Cheers,

Tim Scott.

By Tim Scott
On 22/03/2013

Milford House was featured in BBC4 programme 'The other Irish travellers', broadcast on 16/12/12.

By bernard joyce
On 20/12/2012

Rutherford Big House: There is a photo with Patrick Mooney holding the reins of a race horse at what appears to be the north side of the house at the corner of the front elevation facing west.

There also appears to be tall pillars along that north side and bay windows near the corner; basement windows and a portico in the center on the west side.

On a map the outline of the house appears to be square with a portico. An eye witness, who saw the house as a child, said that the hallway had animal heads displayed and that there were many windows.

The outline of the house is very faint but visible and I have hand-drawn what I could see, however, I am not an architect or artist.***

The will of Margaret Rutherford mentions an oil painting of Emily Gowen Tozzi or Fozzi; a large ivory vestal virgin and chippendale dining chairs among other things that she bequeathed to her brothers and sisters and nieces; Elspeth Howie (Barron), Dorothy Howie aviatrix and Alison Howie(Bailward).

*** Ms. Evans has very kindly supplied the drawings and map which are published on this site and titled Rutford Big House by Elizabeth Lee Evans as a seperate article.  Thank you for your interest and support.

By Elizabeth Lee Evans
On 13/04/2012

Regarding the mention of the Rutherford family,in fact,they did not occupy Turin Castle.They lived in Turin House,the mansion that stood,untill its demolition in the 1940s,a short distance from the Castle. I have often heard talk about the House but have never seen a picture of it.Would anyone have such an image of the building.It would be interesting to see it published on this site. Regards, Jon.

By Jon Dee.
On 12/10/2011

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