Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Monsell (Limerick)

Originally from England, this family sold their estates in Somerset and purchased estates in county Limerick. They were living at Tervoe by the mid 17th century. By the late 18th century they held Tervoe and other lands from the Wilsons of Cahirconlish on a lease renewable for ever. In 1751 William Monsell of Tervoe married Dymphna Pery, aunt of the 1st Earl of Limerick, and they were the grandparents of William Monsell, Baron Emly, Member of Parliament for county Limerick 1847-1873, Under Secretary of State for the Colonies 1868-1870 and Postmaster-Gereral, 1870-1873. Correspondence relating to his political career can be found in the National Library of Ireland and in the National Archives. At the time of Griffith’s Valuation Lord Emly held land in county Clare in the parishes of Killeely, barony of Bunratty Lower and Quin, barony of Bunratty Upper and in county Limerick in the parishes of Ballycahane, Kilkeedy and Monasteranenagh, barony of Pubblebrien, Corcomohide, barony of Connello Upper and Anhid, barony of Coshma. Lands at Kilbreedy, the property of William Monsell, were sold in the Encumbered Estates Court in June 1856. Mr. Coppinger was the purchaser. In the 1870s his county Clare estate was comprised of 464 acres and his county Limerick estate of 2,246 acres. He was also the proprietor of 700 acres in county Kerry. The 1761 rental of the estate of Robert Clive lists William Monsell as tenant of "Plassey otherwise Ballykilty".


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballykilty Ballykilty Quin Tulla Quin 145 Bunratty Upper Clare OSI Ref: R411 732
OS Sheet: 42
Discovery map: 58
Tanavalla or Garrantanvally House Garrantanvally Finuge Listowel Listowel Rural 121 Clanmaurice Kerry OSI Ref: Q979326
OS Sheet: 10
Discovery map: 63
Burrane Burrane Lower Killimer Kilrush Killimer 101 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R081 527
OS Sheet: 68
Discovery map: 64
Doonnagurroge Castle Doonnagurroge Killimer Kilrush Killimer 101 Clonderalaw Clare OSI Ref: R053 533
OS Sheet: 67
Discovery map: 64
Maryville Maryville Ballycahane Croom Kilpeacon Pubblebrien Limerick OSI Ref: R556 447
OS Sheet: 22
Discovery map: 65
Tervoe Tervoe Kilkeedy Limerick Carrig 54 Pubblebrien Limerick OSI Ref: R516 555
OS Sheet: 4
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Correspondence mainly relating to William Monsell, MP, Tervoe, Co Limerick. Private Sources Acc 1075; National Archives of Ireland
  • Monsell correspondence. MSS 8,317-8,319; 8,629; 19,336-19,337; 20,674-20,698; National Library of Ireland
  • Rental of the estates in Cos Limerick & Clare of William Monsell, 1st Baron Emly, 1834-1855. MS 7868-7870; National Library of Ireland
  • Copies of accounts of estates of William Monsell, 1st Baron Emly, in Limerick & Clare, prepared by agent James G. Barry, 15 ledgers, 1875-1885. MS 18,483; National Library of Ireland
  • Cash book of Robin V. O’Brien as agent for estates of H.S. O’Brien, Mrs Monsell & Miss M.C. Ffennell, in Cos Clare & Limerick, 1900-1905. Ms 5025; Trinity College Dublin
  • Large collection of solicitors' records including documents re the Monsell family of Burrane & Limerick, 18th-19th centuries. E.J.French solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 8; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Monsell (minor), 27 June 1856, Vol 41 (15), MRGS 39/019, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Rent ledger of Tervoe estate, 1824-1827. MS 4842; National Library of Ireland
  • 16 deeds re Fitzgibbon, Monsell, Lyons, Cudmore & Massy families, including will of R. Chappell Whaley, 1768, 1742-1854. D 6597-6612; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Col William Thomas Monsell & to his grandson Rt Hon William Monsell MP, Lieutenant for Co Limerick, of Tervoe, 18 Dec 1873. GO MS 109:287-288; National Library of Ireland
  • Deed re purchase of trees at Tervoe, William Wilson of Cahirconlish to William Thomas Monsell of Tervoe, 17 Sept 1784. D 18,747; National Library of Ireland
  • Letters to Monsell family of Tervoe re social, business and religious affairs, 1783-1896. MS 8629; National Library of Ireland
  • Foster/Massereene Papers, include legal papers in the case, Monsell -v- Lord Mountjoy, re an estate in Co. Limerick, 15 July 1736. D207/19/62; Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Patrick's Well/Ballybrown, barony of Pubblebrien, 1943. Limerick North East 30; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • William B. Fitt & Co, auctioneers, 46 O'Connell St., Limerick, inventories & valuations of Co Limerick properties, including Tervoe furniture & book sales, 1951. LM1993.0181 & 0182; Limerick City Museum
  • Deeds & other papers re properties of Waller family in Co Limerick, mainly 18th century, include reference to this family. Small Accs Index 78, Co. 2453-2464, D.11,802-11,980, M.1039-1049, T.3858-3873; National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re Monsell, mainly 19th century. A.Lane Joynt solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 51, Co.965-990, M.353-363, D.5534-5753, T.1176-1198; National Archives of Ireland
  • Indenture of a fine Luke Dillon, Baron Clonbrock, v William Monsell of Donegrogue, Co Clare & others re Lettyville, Co Tipperary, [1803]. 99/56/10/12/3; National Archives of Ireland
  • Baker, Ringwood & Gordon, solicitors' collection, includes plain copy will and grant of William Thomas Monsell of Tervoe, 2 June 1836. Small Accs. Index 105, T.11,903 ; National Archives of Ireland

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Modern printed sources