Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Lowe (Sunvale/Sunville)

In the late 18th century the Lowe family had connections with counties Limerick, Cork and Tipperary. Simon Low of Galbally, county Limerick, by his second wife Elizabeth Blackmore, had two sons, John, ancestor of the Lows of Kilshane, county Tipperary and Sillahertane, county Kerry and Peter, ancestor of the Lows of Lowtown and Sunville, county Limerick. Peter married Louisa, daughter of Sir Richard Butler, baronet, of county Carlow. Their son John resided at Sunvale and married Sophia Georgina Mahon of Mount Pleasant, county Mayo and they had two sons and two daughters. At the time of Griffith's Valuation John Low held an estate in the parishes of Athneasy, Ballingarry, Galbally, Knocklong and Particles, barony of Coshlea and Doon, barony of Coonagh, county Limerick. By the 1870s their second son Lieutenant Colonel John Maxwell Low of Sunville, Kilfinane, owned 3,204 acres in county Limerick and 132 acres in county Cork.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Rockbarton Rockbarton Tullabracky Croom Grange 19 Coshma Limerick OSI Ref: R619 395
OS Sheet: 31
Discovery map: 65
Ryves Castle [Castle Jane] Ryvescastle Ballyscaddan Kilmallock Knocklong 32 Coshlea Limerick OSI Ref: R749 300
OS Sheet: 41
Discovery map: 73
Sunville Sunville Lower Particles Kilmallock Ardpatrick 40 Coshlea Limerick OSI Ref: R648 218
OS Sheet: 56
Discovery map: 73

Archival sources

  • Copy of confirmation of arms to the descendants of Simon Low of Galbally, Co Limerick & to his eldest son, 30 Sept 1808. GO MS 105:59; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Ardpatrick, barony of Coshlea, 1943. Limerick North East 2 ; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Pedigree of Lowe of Galbally, Co. Cork [Limerick], c.1700--1800. Genealogical Office: Ms.174, p.78 ; National Library of Ireland
  • S. Gordon & Son, solicitor's collection, Pennefather estates section includes a map of Kenilworth, property of Richard Butler Lowe in barony of Iffa & Offa, 1838. Small Accs. Index 103, M. 2142 ; National Archives of Ireland

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