Publications by John Hussey




  •  ‘The Quakers of Baltyboys, near Blessington, Co. Wicklow, 1678-1800s’ will be published by the Irish Society of Friends in July 2017







 Published papers


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

Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society, 2015


  • ‘Granite in Dublin’s railway termini and railway-company headquarters’

Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society, June 2000


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

History Ireland, Autumn/Winter 2014, pages 18-20, from JSTOR or as a back issue from History Ireland


  • '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.  It will be published in the 2017 edition of Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society (available October 2017)




Forthcoming talks by John Hussey

'The Quakers of Baltyboys, west Wicklow, 1680s to 1830s’

This will be the annual lecture to the Friends Historical Committee.  It will look at Baltyboys before the arrival of the first Quakers in 1678; Quaker settlement around Baltyboys; the roles of Anthony Sharp, the Quaker industrialist from Dublin, and Michael Boyle, Archbishop of Dublin.  Finally, it will examine why the community died out.


There will be an exhibition of related documents on display before the talk.


Venue - Friends Historical Library,

Stocking Lane,

Rathfarnham, Dublin 16


Date - 30 June  2017, 8pm (a display of related documents will be open from 7.30pm)




Recent talks by John Hussey

'Mineral-railways serving the granite quarries

of the Mournes, Wicklow and Cornwall'

Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Monuments and Buildings Records

Venue - Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, (PRONI)

Titanic Quarter, Belfast

Date - 10 March 2017




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

Venue -  Blessington Lakeside Golf Club

Date - 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) 

Venue - Dublin City University

Date - 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'

18 November 2015

Irish Geological Association

Geological Survey of Ireland, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4



  Updated 4 June 2017

The Author













John Hussey has degrees in Geography and in Civil & Environmental Engineering. 


The author adopts a regional approach based on historical-geography, focusing on human settlement and industry in north-west of County Wicklow, extending from Blessington into the upper Liffey valley and the Kings River valley.


He has written on the region's Granite Quarrying and Weaving industries 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 will be published by the Irish Society of Friends in July 2017.