Munsel  Family Heraldry                   



Notes from Doug


Describes as a Chevron between three maunches ( fancy sleeves)

Crest or family shield : On a chapeau, gu., turned up erm., a falcom rising and a cap of maintenance , enflamed at top.

Family Mottos  :Quod Vult Valde Vult ~What he wishes he wishes fervently & Honorantes me Honorabo~I will honor those who honor me.

Spelling variations include : Maunsell, Maunsel, Mansel, Mancel, Mauncell, Munsel, Munselle and many many more.

First found in Glamorgan where they were anciently seated. Sir John was succeeded by Sir Thomas, a gallant knight who fell in the Baron Wars.

The orthography of the name varies upoon the ancient records but : de Maunsel, Mnnsell, Mancil, Monsell, Munsell. It  is now written Munsell by most of the families in America.

Sir Philip de Maunsell of Normandy was one of the companions of William the Conqueror,  in the invasion and conquest of England by the Normans in 1066.  His eldest son Henry Maunsell was the father of Sir John Maunselll, Lord Chancellor of St. Paulís and keeper of the Kings Seal.  His son,  sir Henry Maunsell settled in Glamorganshire and was the ancestor of Sir Thomas Mansell created Baronet and of Sir Thomas Mansell who was created Baron Mansell of Margam. The family is thought to have omitted the "u" during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

A branch of the family settled in Ireland and is known as Monsell of Tervoe.

From the "Munsell Genealogy " by Frank Garfield Munsell, 1950.


Arms of Sir Rice Mansell





an 850 acre country estate situated two miles east of Port Talbotin in WALES

this is the ancestral home of Sir Rice Mansell. He is one of the better known Mansell relatives and could be a distant realtive of the present day American families of Munselle/ Munsell/ Munsel etc.

The Mansel Era 1536 - 1750 1537  Dissolution of the monastic establishment by the Crown Visitors of Henry VIII. 1540 Abbey bought by Sir Rice Mansel(1487-1559) of Oxwich Castle, Gower Peninsular and Old Beaupre, Vale of Glamorgan.
Tudor Mansion built out of and on the former monastic ranges of the Abbey, the Abbey's stone buildings being adapted, elaborated and extended over a period of two hundred years. The house is remodelled in the late sixteenth century by Sir Thomas Mansel. 1611 Sir Thomas Mansel becomes a Baronet when James I creates the hereditary order. 1661 The first mention of the gardens when accounts show that there was a gardener, John Thomas, and reference is made to various walls and gardens. 1711  Sir Thomas Mansel, who had been Comtroller of the Household of Queen Anne, was elevated to the peerage as Baron Mansel of Margam. 1723  Lord Thomas Mansel dies. 1727  Joseph Kirkman, the gardener at Margam, drew up a catalogue of the greenhouse plants in the garden which is the earliest detailed list of the orange trees at Margam which has survived, an earlier reference being a 1711 book of household accounts.

Burials at St. Mary's, Kidwelly

Register: 1810-1872



Sir Thomas Mansel and his wife Jane,c.1625  Collection of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales

The Mansel family from Margam were a very rich family. What do you notice first of all when looking at this painting. Many people notice the clothes which are heavily decorated with expensive materials. They are shown here holding hands which was very unusual in a portrait from this period. The marigold in Janeís hand is believed to be a symbol for their daughter Mary.


Oxwich Castle


The Mansels were one of a number of minor gentry families in south Wales who gained in power, prestige and property under the Tudor monarchs. The growth of this powerful gentry class, whose lifestyle resembled that of earlier feudal magnates is reflected in the appearance of similar manor houses throughout south Wales. Beaupre in the Vale of Glamorgan, for example, was another Mansel house, and Sir Richard Williams created an imposing mansion in part of the former abbey at Neath.

Adapted from "History of the the Family of Maunsell (Mansell, Mansel)" by Edward Phillips Statham
London: Kegan Paul Trench & Co. Ltd. 1917

Some Ghost stories

Monk's curse hangs over steelworks

 According to local tradition, a monk forced to leave Margam Abbey when King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries told new owner Sir Rice Mansel that, if this wall was destroyed, everything in the vicinity would fall with it.

SPUDDER'S BRIDGE GHOSTThere is a legend attached to the bridge* over the River Gwendraeth Fawr, near Kidwelly, which is worth while noting; not for the story itself, which is one of the ordinary or extraordinary romances so common in Wales; but on account of certain allusions to the Mansel family.



This web page is just for fun and only to show the reader some of the more well known British members of the Mansel family.

One of the know original progenitors of the American line of Munsels is a Thomas Munsel who first appears in the "History of New London Connecticut" as follows:

"Thomas Munsell was believed to have been born in England and died in New London in 1712

We find this person mentioned in 1681 and as comitteeman to lay highways in 1683 .

He and his family are also mentioned in the "' Diary of Joshua Hemstead of New London , CT"

Information compiled from the above mentioned sources as well as

"Genealogies of Ancient Windsor"

and other research by

Nancy West and Nancy Cunningham