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Glenstal House, Co.Limerick

The Humphrys ancestral home, Glenstal House, Glenstal townland, Abington par, Co.Limerick (see map).
Not to be confused with the massive Glenstal Castle (now Glenstal Abbey) to the W, in Garranbane townland.
Near Murroe and Abington and Cappercullen. Not far from Co.Tipperary border.






Land in Abington parish was granted to Peter Walshe in 1553. See [Tierney, 1966].
[Civil Survey, 1654-55] lists "Lewes Welsh, deceased" as the old owner of "Glanstaile" (Glenstal).

White owns Glenstal, 1666 to 1724:
Under the Act of Settlement, Glenstal was granted to Robert Wilkinson and Symon White by a deed of 20 Dec 1666 [White papers, Glenstal]. Lands included Glenstal and part of Garranbane.
Humphrys is found in Glenstal area in 1698.
By a deed of 16 June 1718, Simon White of Dublin leases Glenstal to Christopher Hewetson, of Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny [White papers, Glenstal].
[Deed, 1718] is bargain of sale of Glenstal from Simon White of Dublin to Rt. Hon. George Evans of Carass, Co.Limerick (could be 1st Baron Carbery or his father). Seems to be a mortgage. White recovers Glenstal later.

Morgan owns Glenstal, 1724 to 1735:
By a deed of 8 May 1724, Simon White of Dublin sells Glenstal to Richard Morgan of Dublin [White papers, Glenstal].
Glenstal is mentioned in Morgan deeds [Deed, 1728] and [Deed, 1735].

Price owns Glenstal, 1735 on:
[Deed, 1735, Price] is deed of conveyance from Richard Morgan of Dublin to Richard Price of Ardmayle, Co.Tipperary, of lands of Glenstal.
Richard Price of Ardmayle and "Philip Cahill of Glanstall", farmer, are parties to [Deed, 1746].

Hyde owns Glenstal:
The family of Hyde of Castle Hyde, Co.Cork came into possession of Glenstal through Arthur Hyde's marriage to Anne Price, dau of Richard Price.
John Humphrys is apparently at Glenstal in 1756.
[Deeds, 1763] concern the marriage settlement of John Hyde, of Castle Hyde, to Sarah Burton. Lands listed include "Glanstale".
Hyde had seats at Castle Hyde and Cregg, both near Fermoy, Co.Cork.
John Humphrys of Glenstal in [Deed, 1782] got a long-term lease of Glenstal from John Hyde of Cregg, Co.Cork.
"John Hyde of Cregg, Co.Cork" is party to [Deed, 1790] concerning "Glanstall".
John Humphrys, "Cracked Jack" is listed at Glenstal in [Deed, 1809].

Barrington owns Glenstal, 1818 on:
The Barrington family acquired Glenstal and neighbouring lands in 1818.
Matthew Barrington (future 2nd Baronet) moved out of Limerick city in 1818 and took up residence at Clonkeen House, Clonkeen townland, Barrington's Bridge (see old map).
Matthew Barrington took lease of lands including Glenstal, Garranbane, Meentolla and Cappercullen in [Deed, 11 Dec 1818].
Deed of 9 June 1819 [Barrington papers, Glenstal] transfers Glenstal and Garranbane and "Skartivallinoy otherwise Skartvallavoy" and other lands from John Hyde of Castle Hyde to Matthew Barrington.
John Humphrys, "Cracked Jack" is listed at Glenstal in [Tithe Survey, 1826]. The landlord is Matthew Barrington.
Matthew Barrington's father, Sir Joseph Barrington, 1st Baronet, was cr 1831.
Barrington built a new seat, Glenstal Castle. They considered building it in Glenstal townland, but switched to a site in neighbouring Garranbane townland. But they confusingly kept the name "Glenstal" for it. Barrington did not like the name "Garranbane".
First designs for the castle 1833. Completion of first part 1839.
Matthew Barrington succ as Sir Matthew Barrington, 2nd Baronet, in 1846.
James Humphrys, "The Squire" inherited the Humphrys farm at Glenstal, maybe c.1850. He is listed there in [Griffiths Valuation, 1851]. The landlord is Sir Matthew Barrington, 2nd Baronet.

Sir William Hartigan Barrington, 3rd Baronet, succ 1861.
Sir Croker Barrington, 4th Baronet, succ 1872.
James Humphrys, "The Squire" had a dispute in 1882 with his landlord Sir Croker Barrington, 4th Baronet, about payment of rent. He was nearly evicted.
Sir Charles Burton Barrington, 5th Baronet, succ 1890.
Tim Humphrys inherited the Humphrys farm at Glenstal, 1899.
1901 census shows Tim Humphrys as apparently the owner of the Humphrys land (not just renting).
During the War of Independence, the 5th Baronet's daughter, Winifred Barrington, was killed in an IRA ambush on 14 May 1921.
Barrington left Ireland after 1923. Living England by 1925.

Glenstal Castle was sold 1926 to Benedictine monks. The monks arrived in 1927.
Glenstal Castle became Glenstal Abbey.
A private secondary boarding school for boys, Glenstal Abbey School, was founded 1932.
Jimmy Humphrys inherited the Humphrys farm at Glenstal, 1934.
The 5th Baronet died 1943.

  



Garranbane townland (left) and Glenstal townland (right) on 1829 to 1842 map.
Glenstal Castle is actually in Garranbane townland.
The Humphrys house, Glenstal House, is in Glenstal townland.



"Glanstaile" (Glenstal) in Abington parish in [Civil Survey, 1654-55].
From p.4 in Limerick, vol.4 (p.58 in online copy).


 

Garranbane townland and a piece of land called "Scartiearyvay".
To the E is called Glenstal. See wider.
Map of parish of "Abbeyouthneybeg" (Abington) in the [Down Survey, 1658].
"Scartiearyvay" (and other spellings Scartavaryvog or Skartivarryoge or Scartvavaryeoge or Scartvaryouge or Scartovyvoge) has vanished as a placename. It may correspond to part of modern Glenstal. It may be the Humphrys farm.
Garranbane and "Scartiearyvay" were owned by Grady from 1734.
From here.


 
 

Extract from HYDE in [Burkes Irish, 1976].
Hyde came into possession of Glenstal through Arthur Hyde's marriage to Anne Price.
John Humphrys of Glenstal in [Deed, 1782] got a long-term lease of Glenstal from John Hyde of Cregg, Co.Cork.



Entry for Glenstal in [Tithe Survey, 1826].
Barrington now own Glenstal.
From here. See also here.


  

Tenure Book and Griffith's Valuation

The [VO] Tenure Book for Glenstal, 1850, shows the following plots held by Humphrys tenants in Glenstal. All leasing from Barrington.
All the Humphrys are leasing their plots under a lease of 1797 (pre-dating Barrington).
  

Humphrys plot in Glenstal townland in [VO] Tenure Book, 1850.
Reference OL/6/389, [NAI] microfilm MFGS/47/19.
See larger and full size. From findmypast.ie.



Humphrys plots in Glenstal townland in [VO] Tenure Book, 1850.
See larger and full size. From findmypast.ie.



Humphrys plot in Glenstal townland in [VO] Tenure Book, 1850.
See larger and full size. From findmypast.ie.



Humphrys plots in Glenstal townland in [VO] Tenure Book, 1850.
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Entries for Glenstal on p.11 of [Griffiths Valuation, 1851].
From askaboutireland.ie.
These plots do not match the plots in the Tenure Book.



Unfortunately, the map linked to [Griffiths Valuation] at askaboutireland.ie does not match the plot numbers in the text.
Plot 5 is huge on the map, small in the text.
Plots 6, 7 and 8 are similar on the map, not similar in the text.


  

Maps

  

Think this is Glenstal House on 1829 to 1842 map.
Not confirmed.



Same site. Think this is Glenstal House on 1887 to 1913 map.
Not confirmed.



Same site. Think this is Glenstal House.
Not confirmed.
Drag to move.
From Google Maps.




Glenstal House



Glenstal House.
Timmy Humphreys.
Photo 1985.
See larger and full size.
See other scan.



Glenstal House.
Photo 2009. See larger and full size and similar shot.




"The Herdsman's Hut"



"The Herdsman's Hut", Glenstal.
This was the home of Humphrys before Glenstal House was built.
Photo 1985.
Think this was demolished in 1985-2009.
See larger and full size.
See other scan.



"The Herdsman's Hut", Glenstal.
Photo 1985.
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See other scan.
See interior.



"The Herdsman's Hut", Glenstal.
Photo 1985.
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Other outbuildings



Outbuilding at Glenstal.
Photo 2009. See larger and full size.



Outbuilding at Glenstal.
Photo 2009. See larger and full size.






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