Ballinruddery was owned by the Knight of Kerry at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £23 10s. This seems to be the house referred to by Wilson in 1786 as Woodford, "the seat of Robert Fitzgerald, with ample demesnes". Leet notes it as the residence of Hon. M. Fitzgerald in 1814. Lewis, in 1837, describes it as "the occasional residence of Maurice Fitzgerald, Knight of Kerry, beautifully situated in a wooded demesne". It is recorded by Slater as the seat of Sir Maurice Fitzgerald in 1894. Bary states that the house was believed to date from the sixteenth century but was destroyed by fire accidentally in the later nineteenth century.