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Ballymartle House,

Co. Cork

Documenting our Heritage

(Thanks to Mark Thomas for researching the Meade families of Cork)

The Ballymartle family can be traced from Robert Meade, 3rd son of Lt. Col. William Meade.

In 1682 Robert married Francis Courthorpe, the daughter of Sir Peter Courthorpe of Courtstown and Little Island, co. Cork.

Their son William Meade was born in 1685. William was Rector of Ballymartle, Dunderrow and Ringroane, and was made Dean of Cork in 1736. The Ballymartle family were an off-shoot of the Meade family who later became Earls of Clanwilliam. Rev. William Meade's son, Rev. John Meade, (Rector of Ballymartle from 1752 onwards) bought the Ballymartle and Ballintober estates in 1787 from his cousin John, 1st Earl of Clanwilliam.  

William Richard Meade of Ballymartle was born in 1804, worked as a barrister and died unmarried on the 20th January 1894.

In a survey of property owners in County Cork made in 1870, William R. Meade of Ballymartle House, Ballinhassig was recorded as owning 1,188 acres.

In the 1901 Census, the owner of Ballymartle House was recorded as Richard J Meade, age 35, a magistrate & farmer. The other occupants at the time of the survey were his widowed mother Louise age 65, his brother Robert, sister Louise and two servants - Catherine Fitzgerald age 20, and Ellen Donovan age 19.

In Ballymartle church the following graves can be found:

Here lyeth ye body of WILLIAM MEADE Esq. Eldest son of SIR JOHN MEADE of Ballintober & of his Wife ELIZABETH, LADY MEADE, daughter of PIERCE, LORD VISCOUNT IKERRYN He was borne the 18th of June 1689 & Dyed the 5th of June 1702.

Here lyeth also ye body of SIR JOHN MEADE, KNT & BARN(t) Father of ye above named WILLIAM MEADE Esq. who departed this life in ye 63rd year of his age, A.D. 1709

Co. Cork