Baltyboys Quaker community - 1678 to 1820s

The Quaker community at Baltyboys dates back to the 1678s and predates the nearby, but far better known, Quaker community at Ballitore by two decades.

The first burial in the Quaker graveyard at Baltyboys was that of Peter Paisley.  He was born in Oxfordshire in the same year as George Fox, who founded the Quaker movement, and died at Baltyboys in 1684, aged 60.

Initially, meetings for worship were held in members’ own houses, but the membership grew large enough to justify a local Meeting House, which was built in 1710.

Family names associated with the Baltyboys Quaker community in the 1700s were:- Peisley (Paisley), Lapham, Barker, Thacker, Haughton, Barcroft, Eves and Williams. 

The community was in decline from the mid 1700s.   The last Meeting House trustees were 
appointed in 1794, the Meeting was discontinued in 1799.  The last burial in the Quaker graveyard was in 1809 and the last documented reference to a Quaker is to James Butler, aged 45, who was baptised into the Church of Ireland on 9 May 1826 and died one week later.

Although there are no records of Quakers after 1826, the Quaker family-names continued in the area as they intermarried with their Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic neighbours.

Today, the Quaker Burial Ground is the only surviving physical evidence of the former Quaker community at Baltyboys.  It has been cleaned and secured by the members of the Blessington Lakeside-Heritage Group and lies directly opposite the entrance to Baltyboys Golf Club.

Book on the Quakers of Baltyboys

My book on the Quakers of Baltyboys has been published by the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland. 

It is available for purchase by mail order from The Historical Library, Quaker House Dublin, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16.

Phone: (International) 00 353 1499 8006  (Ireland) 01 499 8006


There is a link here to the catalogue and for postage rates for all publications on Quakers in Ireland available from the Historical Library.

Copies of the book are also available in the Blessington Bookstore, Main Street, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.





This page created 19 July 2014 by John Hussey.  Updated 11 October 2017.

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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.