Publications by John Hussey







The Quakers of Baltyboys,

Co. Wicklow,




Published by the Irish Society of Friends (Quakers),

July 2017.






 Published papers


‘Granite as a building material in Dublin in the early 18th Century’

History Ireland, Autumn/Winter 2014


The Earl of Kildare's invasion of north-west Wicklow 1480-1535'

 Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society, 2015


  • 'The Woolpack Road'

This paper examines the route and the history of the ancient wool-trader route from south-east Kildare and west Wicklow to Dublin.

Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society, 2017


  • 'Mineral rail-roads, granite quarrying and the piers at Newcastle, Co. Down, 1800 - 1850'

This paper outlines the discovery by John Hussey of the earliest of the mineral rail-roads leading to Newcastle pier, Co Down. 

Due North, 2017


Recent talks

'The Quakers of Baltyboys, west Wicklow, 1678 to 1800s’
The 2017 annual lecture to the Friends Historical Committee.  

Venue - Friends Historical Library,

Stocking Lane,

Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 

Date - 30 June 2017



'Mineral-railways serving the granite quarries

of the Mournes, Wicklow and Cornwall'

Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Monuments and Buildings Records

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, (PRONI)

Titanic Quarter, Belfast, 10 March 2017



'Quakers and weaving around Baltyboys and Lackan, County Wicklow'

Heritage Week Talk at Blessington Lakeside Golf Club

24 August 2016



'The migration of granite quarrying from Golden Hill to Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow, c.1824'

2016 Annual Conference of the

National Association of Mining Heritage Organisations (UK) 

Dublin City University, 18 June 2016



'Blessington House and its defence'

14th Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference 

The Country House and Landed Estate in Time of Revolution

Maynooth University, 10 May 2016



'The 1771 lease of Blessington Demesne

and the map by Charles Frizell'

Blessington History Society

Blessington, Co Wicklow, 21 April 2016



'Granite in Dublin’s buildings - the Blessington connection

Irish Geological Association

Geological Survey of Ireland, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4

18 November 2015



  • 'Granite quarrying and mineral rail-roads in Co Down in the 1800s'

Mourne Local Studies Group

Venue - Kilkeel, Co. Down

Date - 18 April 2017 at 8pm




Updated 3 September 2019

The Author













John Hussey is a historical-geography.  His studies focus on human settlement and industry in north-west of County Wicklow - the area extending from Blessington into the upper Liffey valley and the Kings River valley.


He has researched and written on the region's Granite Quarrying Industry, its Weaving Industry and its Quaker community.


His most recent research has focused on the Woolpack Road, along which the region's wool and cloth was transported to Dublin. 


His book on the Quaker community of Baltyboys was published by the Irish Society of Friends (Quakers) in July 2017.