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West Wicklow Through Scottish Eyes (1)

© Woodfield Press

Full title: The Wicklow World of Elizabeth Smith, 1840 – 1850.

Creator / Author: Dermot James and Séamas Ó Maitiú, editors.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 1996

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Woodfield Press / 29 Oaklands Terrace, Terenure, Dublin 6.

About: Elizabeth Smith (neé Grant) was born in Scotland in 1797. While in India, she met and married Colonel Henry Smith of Baltiboys House. After he inherited the estate, they came to live there. Elizabeth kept a journal which describes her day to day life and that of the surrounding areas. The editors of this book have taken a selection of extracts from her journal and penned a commentary covering the period 1840 – 1850.

ID number(s): 095284530X /9780952845300 (paperback edition)

ID number(s): 0952845318 / 9780952845317 (hardback edition)

Chapters: Preface — Introducing Elizabeth Smith — 1840 – ‘All thriving except old Shannon’  — 1841-1842 ‘My whole heat is in Baltiboys’  — 1843-1844 ‘Twelve busy years we have lived here’  — 1845 ‘Two damaged potatoes, the first we have seen’ — 1846 ‘Here comes the famine’  — 1847 ‘Alas, the famine progresses’  — 1848 ‘We in Baltiboys must descend a few pegs’  — 1849 ‘God help the country, man won’t seemingly’ — 1850 ‘The starving children are looking better already’ — Epilogue — Appendix 1: Memorials of the dead — Appendix 2: Historical and statistical descriptions of Blessington, Baltiboys and Ballymore,1837 –Index to placenames — Index to persons.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, editor Séamas Ó Maitiú is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes many illustrations, photographs and maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

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