The O'Naghtens were one of the tribes of Hy-Many and their territory was in the parish of Drum, barony of Athlone, county Roscommon. A branch of the family managed to retain some of their former estates after the Acts of Settlement and conformed to the Protestant religion in the 18th century and became known as Naghten.
In the mid 17th century the Nolans owned a large estate in county Mayo and resided at the Ballinrobe Castle. They lost much of their property to the Cuffs at the time of the Cromwellian confiscation and were transplanted to Ballinderry, near Tuam, county Galway, although they still retained some land in county Mayo. John Nolan of Ballinderry had 2 sons Patrick and Andrew from who descend the Nolans of Ballinderry and Ballybanagher respectively.