Samuel Francis Delap

31st Dec 1776 - 7th Jun 1849

Claimant or beneficiary


Born 31/12/1776, eldest son of Robert Delap of Monellan and Mary Anne, only child of James Bogle of Monellan. Graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, 1797; admitted an attorney, Court of Exchequer in Ireland, 1797; became Registrar in the Court of his brother-in-law Richard Pennefather (1773-1859), Chief Baron of the Exchequer, in 1820 and continued as such until Pennefather's death. Married, 1810, Susan, daughter of John Bennett (died 1792), fourth Justice of the Court of King's Bench in Ireland; her sister Jane married Pennefather. Of Bray, Co.Wicklow, when a candidate to be High Sheriff of Co. Donegal, 1818 (Dublin Weekly Register, 28/11/1818). A Deputy-Lieutenant of that county by 1834 (Londonderry Sentinel, 10/05/1834), a Justice of the Peace by 1846 (Northern Whig, 19/01/1846), and a Governor of the County Infirmary by 1843 (Derry Journal, 19/12/1843).

The residence, sugar-works and slave-houses on his Orange estate were destroyed in the uprising of 1831. He built Monellan Castle, on land in Castlefin which had been his mother's inheritance, in the 1830s; the house is said (see Wikipedia entry for Killygordan) to have had 35 rooms. He died 07/06/1849 (Dublin Evening Post, 09/05/1849). His wife had died in 1825.


See newspaper sources in text (supplied by Paul Hitchings); Burke's Landed Gentry (1879) vol. 1 p. 448; '1831 Slave Uprisings. List of properties burned with the proprietor's names and number of slaves on each property in Cornwall',

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for compiling this entry.

Further Information

Trinity College, Dublin [1797 ]

Associated Claims (1)

£1,914 2s 8d
Unsuccessful claimant (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1799 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Given as Samuel Delap in 1799-1800, as Samuel Francis Delap thereafter.

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Monellan Castle [Built] 
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Information is sketchy. Samuel Francis Delap's grandfather was "of Monellan" and either Robert Delap or more probably his son Samuel Francis Delap built the castle there. The house was demolished in...

Relationships (4)

Son → Father
Grandson → Grandfather

Addresses (1)

Monellan Castle, Killygordan, Co. Donegal, Ireland