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.