Lewis records W. H. Head as the proprietor of Modreeny House in 1837. He was still resident at the time of Griffith's Valuation and held the house valued at £35 in fee. Burke's ''Landed Gentry of Ireland'' (1904) records William Henry Head's father as "of Modreeny House". In 1906 the representatives of George Whitfield were the occupiers and the house was valued at £36.10 shillings. George Whitfield of Modreeny owned 443 acres in the 1870s. In 1890 his daughter Kathleen married Sir Francis Osborne, Baronet. This house was bought by Donald Swan in 1965 and Charlie Swan, champion jockey, was born at Modreeny in 1968.