Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Massy (Glenville)

The Massys of Glenville, county Limerick, are descended from younger sons of the Massys of Duntrileague and Stoneville. John Massy (c1720-1812), Treasurer of Limerick, bought Glenville in 1763 and the property remained in the possession of his Massy and Langford descendants in the 20th century. In the early 1850s William Massy held three townlands in the parish of Ardagh and one townland in the parish of Kilfergus, barony of Shanid. The Glenville estate amounted to 716 acres in the 1870s. 1100 acres of William Massy's estate in the barony of Trughanacmy, county Kerry was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in 1854 as well as the lands of Glenville and elsewhere in the barony of Connelloe, county Limerick. These were bought by William's uncle, Eyre Massy of Glanduff. In the 1830s, the Ordnance Survey Name Books record John Massy of Glenville as the owner of townlands in the parish of Castleisland, county Kerry.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Glenville Glenville Rathronan Newcastle Ardagh 97 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R277 397
OS Sheet: 28
Discovery map: 64
Glenduff Castle Glenduff Monagay Newcastle Mountplummer 108 Glenquin Limerick OSI Ref: R303 217
OS Sheet: 53
Discovery map: 72
St Kevinsfort Liskeveen Ballymurreen Thurles Ballymurreen Eliogarty Tipperary OSI Ref: S172 527
OS Sheet: 48
Discovery map: 66

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates' Court Rentals (O'Brien), Massy, 30 November 1854, Vol 32, MRGS 39/0014, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Heytesbury Papers, including title deeds, leases, maps & surveys re the Irish estates of the Holmes family in Limerick, Waterford & Wicklow, with references to Coote of Ash Hill & Mount Coote, 17th-20th centuries, with references to Massy of Glenville. JER/HBY/; Isle of Wight Record Office

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources