Joyce Branches

Nov 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Tales of the Joyce Family

The following information comes to me from Dennis Joyce.

Per the NUI Galway Landed Estates Database I approximate the following branches of Joyce Family Tree with material provided:

Joyce (Clifden) “In 1870s John Joyce owned 5,366 acres in Co. Galway.”

Joyce (Corgary) “An estate bought by Walter Joyce of Mervue from the French family in 1806.  In the mid 19th century it was comprised of 7 townlands in the parish of Killoscobe, barony of Tiaquin, county Galway, some of which was leased to the Concannons.  Walter Joyce had 3 sons, Walter of Corgary, Pierce of Mervue and Thomas of Rahasane Park.  In the mid 1870s Walter Joyce of Corgary owned about 1,000 acres in county Mayo, 2,828 in county Galway and smaller acreages in Galway town and county Clare (365 acres in Muckinish East, parish of Drumcreehy, barony of Burren).  680 acres of the Joyce estate was vested in the Congested Districts’ Board in March 1913.  Walter Joyce of Corgary was fatally shot in January 1923 and following his death his estate was sold to the Land Commission.”

Joyce (Gortnarup) “Late 18th century leases in the Milford Papers record Roger Joyce of Gortnarup, parish and barony of Ross, county Galway, renting a large amount of the Miller of Milford’s estate situated along the coast in the parish of Ballynakill, barony of Ballynahinch, county Galway, which later became the property of the Thomson family.  He also leased land in the barony of Ross in the mid 18th century from Sir Ulick Blake of Menlough, county Galway.  Roger Joyce of Rupfield was buried in Rosshill cemetery, Clonbur in 1777.”

Joyce (Joycegrove) “An estate in the parishes of Tuam, barony of Dumnore and Dunn of Ballymoe, county Galway, owned by a branch of the Joyce family.  Henry Joyce was proprietor in the 1830s and his assignee Thomas Reilly sold the estate to the Brownes in the 1850s.  The Browne family renames the house Brownesgrove.”

Joyce (Leenaun) “The Joyce of Leenaun, barony of Ross, county Galway, leased large tracts of land in Joyce Country and surrounding locality, from such landowners as the Earls of Leitrim, the Martins of Ballynahinch and the Provost and Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin.  The men of the family are described in many contemporary accounts as very tall.  The Leenaun Hotel is marked on the first Ordnance Survey map.  In the 1870s three members of the Joyce family of Cullaghmore,  Leenaun owned 1,179 acres.  In June 1927 the “Tuam Herald” reported that the Land Commission had taken over the estates of Thomas Walter James B. Joyce and Theobald Paul Joyce amounting to approximately 2,700 acres in the barony of Ross.”

Joyce (Mervue) “The Joyces of Mervue, Corgary, and Rahasane were all descended from a family of Joyces long established in the town of Galway.  In the 18th century the Joyce family prospered in their mercantile and banking activities and began to acquire land including the lease of Mervue from the Governors of the Erasmus Smith Schools in 1789.  In 1792 they sold property in county Mayo to the Blakes of Towerhill….  By the 1870s they owned 3,742 acres in county Galway, 146 in the town of Galway and 381 acres in county Mayo.  Thomas Joyce bought Rahasane Park in 1846 and in 1855 Pierce Joyce was leasing Ardfry House from the trustees of Lord Wallscourt.  Frank Joyce was agent to the Earl of Canricarde between 1882 and 1887.  In 1909 Pierce Joyce had accepted an offer from the Congested Districts Board for over 300 acres of his estate.”

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