Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Maunsell (Ballywilliam)

Richard Maunsell (1721-1790), second son of Richard Maunsell, Member of Parliament for Limerick city 1740-1761, settled at Ballywilliam, parish of Rathkeale, county Limerick. He married Helena Toler and was succeeded by his eldest son, George, who married Sarah Meares in 1779. They had eleven sons. In the mid 19th century the Ballywilliam estate was in the parishes of Kilscannell and Rathkeale, barony of Connello Lower, Crecora, barony of Pubblebrien and Killeedy, barony of Glenquin. The lands of Annaghrosty, barony of Pubblebrien were advertised for sale in June 1851.The estate was comprised of 4,231 acres in the 1870s. Two of the eleven sons of George and Sarah Maunsell married members of the Lloyd family of Beechmount, county Limerick and in 1851 one of their grandsons, John Maunsell of Edenmore, Raheny, county Dublin, married his cousin, Catherine Lloyd, described in ''Burke's Irish Family Records'' as the only surviving daughter and "heiress" of Thomas Lloyd of Beechmount [she was the only surviving child of Thomas Lloyd's first marriage]. In the 1870s John Maunsell of Edenmore owned over 5,000 acres in county Limerick. George Maunsell of Milford was a younger brother of Daniel Maunsell of Ballywilliam. The fee simple estate of Frances Maunsell, [widow of George] in the lands of Sreelane, barony of Clanwilliam, which included the mills of Messrs John Norris Russell and Sons and the "newly built" Plassy House plus the "splendid residence" of the Dowager Lady Massy called Milford House was advertised for sale in July 1868.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballywilliam Ballywilliam Demesne Rathkeale Rathkeale Rathborney 11 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R384 408
OS Sheet: 29
Discovery map: 64
Milford Sreelane Kilmurry Limerick Ballysimon 45 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R616 580
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 65
Plassey Sreelane Kilmurry Limerick Ballysimon 45 Clanwilliam Limerick OSI Ref: R615 582
OS Sheet: 5
Discovery map: 65

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Maunsell, 13 June 1851, Vol 8 (13), MRGS 39/003, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Maunsell, 3 July 1868, Vol 90 (42), MRGS 39/044, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Plan of Ashford & Rootiagh, parish of Crecora, barony of Pubblebrien, estate of R. Maunsell, 1851. 16 H 32 (10); National Library of Ireland
  • Map of part of lands of West Ballywilliam, parish of Rathkeale, Jan 1818. 16 F 32(16); National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of licence to change surname & of grant of arms to Mark Frederick Wyndham Maundsell, grandson of Frederick Maunsell of Finneterstown, Adare, [7th son of George Maunsell of Milford] on his assuming in compliance with will of Robert Wybrants of Dublin the name & arms of Maunsell Wybrants, 1 Feb 1945. GO MS 111g:13; National Library of Ireland
  • William B. Fitt & Co, auctioneers, 46 O'Connell St., Limerick, inventories & valuations of Co Limerick properties, including Ballywilliam, 1931. Ref. 1993.0165; Limerick City Museum

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources