Baltyboys House

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Baltyboys House, also known as Boystown House, is an 18th-century Georgian country house in Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland.

Baltyboys House is a mansion built in the Georgian style. The estate sits on one hundred acres in Blessington, County Wicklow.[1][2][3] It is located a mile from Russborough House, near Poulaphouca Reservoir.[4]

The estate was previously owned by the Smiths, a gentry family. Elizabeth Grant Smith, the wife of Colonel Henry Smith, wrote extensively about managing the estate, particularly during the Great Famine.[5] Dame Ninette de Valois, the great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Grant Smith, was born at Baltyboys.[6][7]

In January 2014 the estate sold for €4.925 million by the owner, Elizabeth McClory, daughter of Vincent O'Brien and second wife of Kevin McClory. Baltyboys was not listed on the market, instead being sold through a private auction at Christie's.[1]


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  2. ^ "Baltyboys House". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ Long, George. The Penny Cyclopædia. 27. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. p. 356.
  4. ^ Hayes, Jim (February 2014). The Road from Harbour Hill. Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse LLC. p. 229. ISBN 9781491716236.
  5. ^ TeBrake, Janet K. "Personal narratives as historical sources: the journal of Elizabeth Smith 1840-1850 (3:1)". History Island. History Publications Ltd. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Baltyboys House, Hill and Cairn". Wicklow Heritage. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Blessington Lakeside". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2019.