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Seeing the Woods AND the Trees

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Full title: If trees could talk: Wicklow’s trees and woodlands over four centuries

Creator / Author: Michael Carey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 290p

When Published: 2009

Publisher / Place of Publication: COFORD National Council for Forest Research and Development / Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

About: Wicklow is the most forested county in Ireland. This book, which is aimed at a general readership, looks at the historical background to this. It also details the many uses of timber and timber products over the centuries. As well as being a history of Wicklow’s woodlands, it can also be seen somewhat as a history of rural Wicklow itself.

ID number(s): 1902696646

Chapters:  Acknowledgements – Preface – [Section 1. The Woodland Resource] – Historic background – How big was the woodland resource? – Gathering evidence on past woodland cover: Archaeology, Pollen analysis, Documentary record, Ecological survey, Place names, Iconography – Woodland in the ancient past in Ireland and Wicklow – Woodland cover in Wicklow in recent centuries – Visitors’ and commentators’ views on the woodland resource – Woodland cover clues from maps and surveys – Sixteenth and seventeenth century maps and documents – Seventeenth century surveys: The Civil Survey (1654-56), Seventeenth century Shillelagh land resource surveys, Other seventeenth century documentary sources, Survey of the Meath estate 1679 – Eighteenth century surveys: Woodland surveys of the Watson-Wentworth-Fitzwilliam estate (Coolattin estate) 1724-1764 – Miscellaneous eighteenth and nineteenth century maps and paintings: Bayly estate maps, Ballyarthur 1700 and 1810, Tighe estate, Rosanna, Ashford 1756-1820, Jacob Nevill map of Co. Wicklow 1760, Updated Nevill map 1798, Jacob Nevill map of the Powerscourt demesne 1763, Downshire estate maps, Blessington 1785-1806, Early nineteenth century estimate of woodland area (Fraser 1801), Evidence from eighteenth and nineteenth century paintings – The Ordnance Survey 1835-40 – 1841 Census of Ireland – Nineteenth and twentieth century photographic evidence of woodland – Twentieth century surveys: John Nisbet survey 1903 – Woodland expansion and transformation in the twentieth century – Summary – [Section 2. Tree planting over the centuries] Background to tree planting – Legislation on tree planting – The plant hunters – Eighteenth and nineteenth century planting initiatives: The Dublin Society, Tenant tree planting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Tenant tree planting under the Tree Registration Scheme 1788-1905, Estate tree planting in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries- Watson-Wentworth-Fitzwilliam estate, Tighe estate at Rosanna, Ashford 1718-1874, Downshire estate-the Coronation Plantation, Planting at Charleville estate, 1840’s onwards, Kilmacurragh, Killruddery estate, Powerscourt, La Touche, Bellevue, Mount Usher and Glencormac Gardens, John Nisbet survey (nineteenth century estate planting) – Planting in the twentieth century: The Avondale initiative 1905-1915, Other recent twentieth century initiatives – [Section 3. Woodland industries] Introduction – Timber-using sectors: Ship building, House building and firewood, Pipe and barrel staves for the provision trade, Bark for tanning leather, Charcoal and iron smelting – Woodland business at Watson-Wentworth-Fitzwilliam estate in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: The estate, Woodland business, Trespass and protection of the coppices, Summary, The twentieth century at the Watson-Wentworth-Fitzwilliam estate – Woodland business at the Tighe estate, Rosanna, Ashford — Woodland business at the Powerscourt estate, Enniskerry — Woodland business at the Ballyarthur estate, Avoca Valley — Woodland business at the Castle Howard estate, Avoca Valley — Woodland business in Wicklow in the twentieth century – Epilogue – Appendix 1 – Appendix 2 – Appendix 3 – Index.

WW Connection #1: Some of the key areas referred to in the text include Kilbride, Russborough, Tulfarris, Rathsallagh, Oakwood, Humewood and Coolattin.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Includes several colour photographs, maps, other illustrations and tables.

 

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Russborough Through the Years

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Full title: The Story of Russborough House

Creator / Author: Valerie Ryan

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 42p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Prince Publications / [Main Street, Naas, Co. Kildare]

About: This is a compact publication which packs a lot of information into its 42 pages. It chronicles the major events associated with the house from its foundation in the 18th century up until 1974. In addition, a complete list is provided of the owners and heirs of Russborough House throughout the years. Overall, it is an easy to read introduction to West Wicklow’s finest house.

ID number(s): 9780992652708

Contents: Introduction – Before Russborough – [1741] The story of Russborough begins – Russellstown – [1744] Paintings and furniture from Europe – [1750] Art and portraits from the Second Grand Tour – Four new paintings – Grand Kildare friends pay a Spring visit to Russborough’s waterfall – [1763] Joseph Leeson becomes the Earl of Milltown – [1798] The Rebellion and Russborough House – [1814] Russborough House had never been seen in better condition – A grandson becomes the Fourth Earl of Milltown – [1765] Wedding in the Music Room – [1861] The Prince of Wales pays a visit – A wedding before Christmas – [1871] The winds of change at Russborough – [1906] – The National Gallery of Ireland extended to house the contents of Russborough House – [1914] An inquest at Russborough – Paintings returned on loan to Russborough House – [1930] A gift for the new Irish State? – [1931] A home from home for the Daly Family – [1934] A Hunt Ball at Russborough – [1946] Daily life at Russborough in the 1940’s – Who was going to buy Russborough House? – [1952] A proposal under the Portrait of a Woman in a Black Dress – [1957] A Christmas Party at Russborough – [1974] A second gift to the State – Acknowledgements – Sources – At a glance-the owners and heirs through the years.

Extra #1: includes several photographs and illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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.

Russborough : a Plea for its Future

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Full title: What Now for Russborough?

Creator / Author: Desmond Fitzgerald / Sir Alfred Beit / John Mulcahy

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 6p

Journal Information: Irish Arts Review, Vol. 22, Number 4, pp. 120-125

When Published: Winter, 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Arts Review / Dublin

About: This feature is a composite article comprising a republishing of the text of a concise account of the history and heritage of the building and its contents originally written by Sir Alfred Beit in booklet form in 1978 together with a much shorter opinion piece on its future development by Desmond Fitzgerald, President of the Irish Georgian Society, plus a paragraph on the Alfred Beit Foundation. It would now seem that the concerns of Mr. Fitzgerald regarding the future of Russborough have been allayed by the continuing increase in its popularity as a cultural and tourism destination.

ID number(s): 1649-217x

Contents: Russborough, Blessington, County Wicklow / Sir Alfred Beit — The Alfred Beit Foundation / John Mulcahy — Some thoughts on Russborough / Desmond Fitzgerald.

Extra #1: includes several colour photographs

Extra #2: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #4: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #5: Check our blog entry for the booklet containing the original article by Sir Alfred Beit.

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.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication

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

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.

More than a Beit-sized Plan

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Full title: Russborough County Wicklow Conservation Plan

Creator / Author: The integrated conservation group for The Heritage Council and The Alfred Beit Foundation

Item Type / Page count: Book / 93p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Heritage Council / Áras na hOidhreachta, Church Lane, Kilkenny

About: A thorough and insightful report, which perhaps for the first time, puts the significance of the house and its grounds fully into the public record. It details the history, profiles the current state of the property and provides a roadmap for its future sustainability as one of the major tourist attractions not just of West Wicklow but of the wider South-East region.

ID number(s): 1393–6808 / 1901137457

Contents: FOREWORD — SUMMARY — the background — the conservation plan – participants — UNDERSTANDING RUSSBOROUGH — historical development — the house — the architect — Richard Castle — the families of Russborough — the collections and the collectors — landscape, built features and habitats — changes through the centuries — THE CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RUSSBOROUGH — the estate — the house — the demesne — the Milltown and Beit collections — the architectural drawing collection — the statues — wildlife habitats — the visitors — ISSUES AFFECTING THE ESTATE TODAY — issues affecting the integrity and setting of the demesne — issues affecting the house — issues relating to services installations, safety and security — issues affecting the collections — issues affecting other estate features — visitor management issues — resource management issues – POLICIES – Policies relating to the integrity and setting of the demesne — Policies relating to maintenance and repair of the built fabric of the house — policies relating to services installations — Policies relating to the collections — Policies relating to other estate features — Policies relating to visitor management — Policies relating to resource management — RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION, MANAGEMENT AND REVIEW — implementation and management — business plan — visitor survey — review procedures – BIBLIOGRAPHY — LIST OF PLATES — LIST OF FIGURES – APPENDICES.

Extra #1: Contains 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.

Extra #4: Link to the full text of this publication online via the Heritage Council of Ireland website

No Room on the Estate

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Full title: Surplus people: the Fitzwilliam Clearances 1847-1856

Creator / Author: Jim Rees

Item Type / Page count: Book / 156p (168p)

When Published: 2000 (Re-issued 2014)

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Collins Press / West Link Park, Doughcloyne, Wilton, Cork.

About: During the Irish Famine Period, a number of landlords persuaded or coerced their tenants into emigrating from Ireland. In West Wicklow, a major clearance of about 6,000 persons took place from the Coolattin Estate of Lord Fitzwilliam. These men, women and children ended up in the Canadian districts of Quebec and New Brunswick. This book details the circumstances of the clearout and gives some account of how the displaced families managed in Canada.

ID number(s): 1898256934 / 9781898256939 / 9781848892040

Contents: Introduction — Coolattin Estate — Life on the Coolattin Estate 1830-1845 — The Poor Law — Crisis: 1845-6 — Shedding the Surplus — Life in the ‘Tween Decks — Quebec — New Brunswick — 1850-6 — Conclusion — Appendices — Endnotes — Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: The Coolattin Estate comprised 80,000 acres in South-West Wicklow and amounted to around one-fifth of the total area of County Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes several illustrations and maps.

Extra #2 Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Occupants of the Big House

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Full title: The Landed Gentry and Aristocracy of County Wicklow: Volume I

Creator / Author: Turtle Bunbury

Item Type / Page count: Book / 244p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Family Names / 11 Emerald Cottages, Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4.

About: A collection of histories of nine of the most prominent landowning families in Wicklow. This is the first in a projected series of four volumes

ID number(s): 0953848574  /9780953848577

Chapters: The Earls of Wicklow (Howard of Shelton Abbey) — The Earls of Meath (Brabazon of Kilruddery) — Viscounts Powerscourt (Wingfield) — Acton of Kilmacurragh House — Barton & Childers of Glendalough House — Dennis of Fortgranite — Hume & Dick of Humewood Castle — Leslie-Ellis of Magherymore — Tighe of Rossanagh — Further Reading — Absent families.

WW Connection #1: Dennis of Fortgranite and Hume & Dick of Humewood Castle are both West Wicklow families.

WW Connection #2: The author attended primary school in Baltinglass.

Extra #1: includes many photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Link to the Author’s website http://www.turtlebunbury.com

Extra #5: Link to extracts from the book via the Author’s website. Note: This text does not necessarily correlate with that in the print edition of the book.

Humewood Under the Hammer

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Full title: Humewood, Kiltegan, Co, Wicklow: the entire contents on the instructions of the Trustees of the Estate of Madame Hume-Weygand, deceased, and the contents of the Ballroom to be sold on Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th July 1992 at 10.30 a.m.

Creator / Author: The Publisher(s)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 149p

When Published: 1992

Publisher / Place of Publication: Hamilton Osborne King / 4 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin in conjunction with E.A. Coonan & Son Ltd, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

About: The title says it all. An auction catalogue listing 1304 items, being the entire contents of Humewood Castle which were presented for auction in 1992. A two-page introduction gives a brief history of the Hume family connection with the estate.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Humewood and the Humes — Catalogue.

Extra #1: includes many photographs, both colour and black & white.

Russborough Ransacked

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Full title: The Beit Paintings Robbery

Creator / Author: Paul Williams

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 20p

When Published: 1995 with later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: O’Brien Press / 20 Victoria Road, Dublin 6.

Parent Publication [book]: The General: Godfather of Crime / by Paul Williams / 221pp

About: This book tells of the exploits of Martin Cahill, aka ‘The General’, who was one of Ireland’s most notorious gangsters.

ID number(s): 0862784336 / 9780862784331

WW Connection #1: The Beit paintings were taken from Russborough House in West Wicklow

Extra #1: includes photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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