Baronies were created after the Norman invasion of Ireland as divisions of counties and were used the administration of justice and the raising of revenue. While baronies continue to be officially defined units, they have been administratively obsolete since 1898. However, they continue to be used in land registration and in specification, such as in planning permissions. In many cases, a barony corresponds to an earlier Gaelic túath which had submitted to the Crown.
Bunratty Lower is a division of the former barony of Bunratty. This belonged to the Macnamara family, and was called Dangan-i-vigin. It is bounded on the north by County Galway, on the east by the barony of Tulla Upper, on the south by the barony of Bunratty Lower and on the west, by the baronies of Islands and Inchiquin. The barony has an area of 53,844 acres (21,790 ha). The land is rocky, but able to support large numbers of sheep.
Parishes and Settlements
- "Barony of Bunratty (Lower and Upper)". Parliamentary Gazeteer of Ireland. 1845. Retrieved 2014-03-09.