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Maunsell Andrews JP (1769 - 1864)

Maunsell Andrews JP
Born in Rathenny, Kings County, Irelandmap
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Husband of — married 1792 in Irelandmap
Husband of — married 1801 in Irelandmap
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Died in Roscrea, Kings County, Irelandmap
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Maunsell Andrews JP was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.

Maunsell was born about 1769, the eldest surviving son of John Andrews and his second wife, Ann Jones (daughter of Humphrey Jones of Mullinabro, County Kilkenny).

He married Mary Gason (daughter of Samuel Gason of Knockinglass) in 1792.

He married, secondly, Mary Hawtrey (daughter of Rev. Ralph Hawtrey, rector of Gaulskill, County Kilkenny) in 1801. They had the following children:

  1. John Hawtrey Andrews (c.1802-79)
  2. Sarah Andrews (c.1804-1881); died unmarried.
  3. Maunsell Hawtrey Andrews (c.1805-88); educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1821); Captain in the Lower Ormond Infantry (Tipperary militia) in the 1820s; in the 1850s, owned Annamore (Kerry) which he leased to the Roche family; married, 17 November 1843 at Rathkeale (Limerick), Ellen, daughter of John Saunders, but died without issue, 21 January 1888; will proved in Dublin, 26 March 1888 (estate £3,376 in Ireland and £1,520 in England).
  4. Charlotte Hawtrey Andrews (1813-80); died unmarried, 29 April 1880.
  5. Maria Andrews (c.1815-87); married, 1833, Prof. Charles Benson MD (d. 1880), President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and had issue; died in Dublin, 24 December 1887; will proved 1 February 1888 (estate £9,488 in Ireland; £1,953 in England).
  6. George V. Andrews (c.1815-1907); educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1832); married, 2 November 1853, Elizabeth Lucy, daughter of Rev. William Minchin of Greenhills (Offaly) and widow of Johnstone Stoney of Emell Castle and had issue a daughter; died 3 February 1907.
  7. Marianne Andrews; married, 1835, Dr John Thwaites MD (1804-76) of Ceylon and had issue.
  8. Catherine Andrews (d. 1881); died unmarried, 26 December 1881.
  9. Elizabeth Andrews.

He was High Sheriff of Co. Offaly (Kings County) in 1806 and JP for the same county.

Maunsell had inherited Rathenny Estate around 1800 and it was almost certainly he who was responsible for building the present very attractive house at Rathenny at about the same time, and the sophistication of the design, coupled with the fact that he sent his sons to University in Dublin, argues for a more metropolitan outlook than his forbears. A letter survives from a distant cousin describing life at Rathenny in the 1830's, and it was clearly a fairly comfortable and civilised place:

"Rathenny House, April 14, 1831. My beloved Family,—I write from the House of my dear cousin and nieces, where the four lions and the lion crest on an immense silver salver show that the owner is descended from the illustrious de Alta cousin’s house is very large. He is a Magistrate; he keeps a coach and a most commodious double gig, which he drives tandem; he has about a dozen horses, three or four men-servants, and lots of female. His place is one of the most beautiful on earth; the view from my bedroom window was one of the most delightful I ever beheld. He has prayers morning and evening. My nieces, Sarah and Marianne and Anne, are decidedly pious and lovely girls. My nephew Hawtrey is so like Stephen in profile that you can be in no doubt as to their bang of one and the same blood, and he is a lovely fellow, just about Stephen’s age. Sarah, my eldest niece, is the sweetest girl I have almost ever seen, and, by the way, her horse is, for an animal, what she is for a female—so gentle, so elegant, so beautiful, that you really love the animal, and when I this morning saw my sweet niece on her knees in the Hall spreading a plaster for a poor person at the Hall door, you may be sure I felt no common tenderness and love for her. My niece Marianne is highly accomplished, plays very beautifully on the harp, and to see her at the instrument and Anne at the Piano, and then John, Hawtrey, Charlotte, Catharine and Sarah standing by, singing one of Kelly’s Hymns, was as beautiful a sight as I have beheld for some time. My niece Sarah draws very prettily. She gave me two as I came away, one for my dear Anna and one for dear Emily, and knowing my dear Ned is unwell, she gave me a receipt with the medicine itself to do him good. It is very scarce and very dear, and I have a good bundle of it...The garden very much reminds me of the gardens at Tintern Abbey...Hawtrey this morning took me into the Spruce walk. Oh! it was beautiful. And there he opened his whole heart to me—told me of his hesitation at entering the Church, lest he was not fit for so sacred a profession... I have especially recommended him to read Fletcher's works and Watson’s ‘ Institutes,’ as his sweet and gentle mind is not decided as to doctrine, but inclined to the Arminian view, whereas my lovely nieces are Calvinists... J.H."

Maunsell passed away in 1864 at the great age of about 95.[1]

After his death his son John Hawtrey Andrews (c.1802-79), held the estate for only a fairly short time. His son, Maunsell Hawtrey Andrews (c.1839-90) was however, relatively young when he died, and both his sons died young too.

When John Bolton Andrews died unmarried in 1916, the estate reverted to his mother, and after her death three years later, it appears to have been sold. The subsequent history of the estate has not been traced.


Event Date: 2 July 1864
Event Place: King's
Beneficiary's Name: Maunsell Hawtrey Andrews[2]


  1. "Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 January 2016), DEATHS entry for Maunsell Andrews; citing Roscrea, 1864, vol. 13, p. 424, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101,582.
  2. "Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Maunsell Andrews, 02 Jul 1864; citing 00328, 005014886, Principal Probate Registry, Dublin; 100,972.

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