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The Blessington Link with County Down

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Full title: The Blessington Estate and the Downshire Connection

Creator / Author: Kathy Trant

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / [??]pp

Journal Information: Lisburn Historical Society Journal, Volume 10, 2005-2006

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: Lisburn Historical Society / [Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland].

About: An article that gives a brief history of the Blessington Estate which extended to around 17,000 acres and included 36 townlands in West Wicklow and Kildare. In particular, the author traces the connection between the estate and the Hill Family of Hillsborough, Co. Down. This family were more commonly known as the Downshires.

ID number(s): None

Extra #1: Includes two illustrations.

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Extra #4: Link to the Table of Contents of this journal and read the full text of this article online.

Hat-Tip: To the website Lisburn.com for hosting this journal and making it freely accessibility online.

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The Book of Blessington

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Full title: The Blessington Estate, 1667-1908

Creator / Author: Kathy Trant

Item Type / Page count: Book / 239p

When Published: 2004

Publisher / Place of Publication: Anvil Books / 45 Palmerston Road, Dublin 6.

About: The definitive history of the Blessington area from the mid-17th century to the beginning of the twentieth. It combines the story of the Boyle and Hill families of nobility with the eternal tension of the landlord and tenant relationship.  The author has researched the subject extensively and the highest levels of scholarship are evident. However, the book is very accessible and a recommended read for local historians.

ID number(s): 1901737519 / 9781901737516

Chapters: Foreword — The Struggle for Land — The Boyle Dynasty — The Downshire Connection — The Rebellion of 1798 — Bad Debts and Good Neighbours — Land Tenure and Agents — The Tenants — Rents and Arrears — The Landlord’s Role — The Famine Years — The Social Round — The Final Chapter — Epilogue — Appendix: List of tenants on the Blessington Estate, 1850 — Acknowledgements — Abbreviations — Notes and Sources — Notes on Illustrations — Bibliography.

Extra #1: includes 98 illustrations and images.

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Extra #4: Read a review of this book online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this review.

Extra #5: For information, a review of this book was also published in the Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society, Volume 19 (3), 2004-5 pp568-570.

Blessington House No More

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Full title: The Building of the Mansion at Blessington, 1672

Creator / Author: Brian de Breffny

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 5p

Journal Information: The GPA Irish Arts Review Yearbook, pp. 73-77

When Published: 1988

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Arts Review / Dublin

About: In 1667, Archbishop Michael Boyle purchased the old Norman Lordship of The Three Castles and was granted a royal charter to establish the town of Blessington. He set about building a fine big house to be his residence. This article deals with the contract which was drawn up for the building of Blessington House and looks at the financial and construction aspects of what was a major project at the time. The mansion was destroyed during the rebellion of 1798.

ID number(s): 1649-217X / 0790-178X

Extra #1: includes black & white engraving plus elevation and ground plan.

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

Extra #4: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

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