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 to the north by the county of Galway. Within the county of Clare, it is bounded by the baronies of Tulla Upper (to the north-east), Tulla Lower (to the east), Bunratty Lower (to the south), Islands (to the south-west) and by Inchiquin (to the north-west). The narrow waters of Lough Cullaunyheeda separates the barony from its neighbour, Tulla Lower.
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.