John Maunsell of Ballyvoreen, county Limerick, was the third son of Thomas Maunsell of Buckinghamshire. He was a barrister and fought at the Battle of Naseby. In 1667 he was granted 1,952 acres in the barony of Clanwilliam, county Limerick, including Ballyvorneene and Ballybroode. His second son settled at Ballybrood, county Limerick and five generations of his descendants continued to live at Ballybrood until Samuel Maunsell emigrated to New South Wales, Australia, in the mid 19th century. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Samuel Maunsell held the townland of Ballybrood. His estate at Ballybrood and Toneteere and premises in Kilkenny city were first advertised for sale on 2 July 1850.
- Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Maunsell, 2 July 1850, Vol 2 (4) & 30 May 1851, Vol 7 (45), MRGS 39/001 & 39/003, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
- Detailed abstract of will of John Maunsell of Ballyvornane, Co Limerick, 1685. GO MS 142:102-104; National Library of Ireland
Contemporary printed sources
- ''GRIFFITH'S VALUATION OF IRELAND'[Primary Valuation of Tenements]', 1850-1858. : Barony of Clanwilliam, 9 (Ballybrood)
- LEWIS, Samuel. ''A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland''. London: S. Lewis & Co., 1837: I, 124 (Ballybrood)
- PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS. ''15th Annual Report of the Commissioners of Public Records Ireland,'' 1825. Vol XVI, Appendix I, Grants under Acts of Settlement: 94