Source: Clare Journal
Date: Descriptive Comments on 14 April 1853, Sale of Estate on 9 June 1853
Transcription: Local Studies Centre, Clare County Library
Incumbered Estates Court, Henrietta Street,
Estate of Burton Bindon
The Estates of Rossrawley, comprising the sub-denominations of Rossrawley and
Currenroe, and the seaweed shore adjoining same, in the Barony of Burren, 567
acres, one rood, nineteen perches, gross yearly value £203 5s 0d, is
held in fee-simple, subject to rent charge of £22 14s 8d. It is situate
in the Barony of Burren and County of Clare, and stretches along the sea-coast,
being the southern shore of the Bay of Duras or Aughinish, and inlet of the
Bay of Galway. The Seaweed Shore, for about three miles along this property,
at one time (before the potato disease) was so valuable in its production of
seaweed as a manure, that its value was about £400 per annum; and from
the improved circumstances of the county, in respect to Railways and Agriculture,
there is every prospect that the Seaweed Shore will produce a large income
before many years.
The Oyster Banks along the shore are the well known Red Bank Oyster Banks.
They are, it is admitted, the best in Ireland for fattening oysters and
from their extent can contain several boat-loads at a time. These Beds
being a description of property seldom brought under the notice of the
public for sale in the Incumbered Estates Court, a memorandum accompanied
by some calculations have been given by Dr Whitty, C.E., of Henrietta-street,
which is appended to the Rental, showing their yearly produce, net value,
etc. The facility of railway carriage now opened up to Dublin from Galway
affords an opportunity highly calculated to increase the large income at
present derivable from these Oyster Beds.
The High-road runs from the Village of Currenroe, which is on this property,
to New-quay, a post-town within about a half mile of the Estate. The lands
between this road and the seashore are divided into parts of about twenty
acres each, and surrounded by walls several feet high. They have been laid
out in Clover and Grass seeds, at a considerable expense, by the present
owner. The lands consist of a limestone soil and are either for tillage
or sheep pasture, considered very valuable. The greater portion of this
estate is grass land and has not been tilled for several years.
Sale of Estate.
Rossrawley and Currenroe and the seaweed shore adjoining same, in the Barony
of Burren, containing 567a, 1r 19p statute measure; net yearly rent, £175
10s 4d. Bought by Mr Guinness for £3,550 (in trust).
Part of Munnia and the seaweed shore adjoining, in same barony, containing
237a 2r statute measure; net yearly rent £96 10s 3d. This lot became
the property of Mr Guinness (in trust) for £1,775.
Portion of Munnia and the Oyster Banks in the same barony, containing 151a
statute measure; net yearly rent £332 14s 6d. Purchased by Mr Guinness
(in trust) for £2,750.