Boystown (Bailte Bhuí) Quaker Grave Yard

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Title

Boystown (Bailte Bhuí) Quaker Grave Yard

Subject

Heritage Site

Description

In Boystown, a restored Quaker Graveyard is located at the entrance of Blessington Lakes Golf Course. Originally based in Dublin, there were Quakers in this area from the seventeenth century and they worked mainly in the wool industry.

Creator

ActiveMe Tourism Media and Heritage Services

Source

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/2.790/a-quaker-take-on-irish-business-history-1.473652

Publisher

Wicklow County Council

Contributor

Aidan Cruise

Rights

Wicklow County Council

GPS Location

53.124192, -6.540667

Short Interpretive Text

In Boystown, a restored Quaker Graveyard is located at the entrance of Blessington Lakes Golf Course. Originally based in Dublin, there were Quakers in this area from the seventeenth century and they worked mainly in the wool industry.

Interpretive Text

The townland Boystown or Bailte Bhuí in Irish is named after Séamas Buí (James Boyce), a retainer of the Earl of Kildare and constable of Maynooth in the 16th century.

In Boystown, a restored Quaker Graveyard is located at the entrance of Blessington Lakes Golf Course. Originally based in Dublin, there were Quakers in this area from the seventeenth century. The Quaker faith arose from the views of Englishman George Fox and came to Ireland by way of the Ulster Plantation. The first Quaker meeting was held in Ireland in 1654.

It is thought that the Quakers living here were mainly involved in the wool industry. At that time in Ireland the landed gentry were mainly focused on affairs across the Irish Sea and the Irish were mainly focused on agricultural activities. The Quakers saw the potential of neglected industries and focused in on areas such as milling, textiles, shipping, imports and exports, food and tobacco production, brewing, iron production and railways.

The Quaker community, though small in size has played a huge part in the social and business history of Ireland. It was a core Quaker belief that people were equal, and so the Quakers were known for their work on slavery, prison reform, the care of people with mental problems, and the poor. The Quakers were not prone to extravagance and the graveyard here reflects that simplicity. There are no headstones and the area was neatly walled off with only a design on the gate reflecting the beliefs of the graveyard’s occupants. The graveyard has been restored in recent years. It is a local tradition that the Quakers buried at Boystown were buried upright.

Parking Available

Car Park

Category of Interest

Historical,

County

Wicklow

Nearest Town

Blessington

Geolocation

Social Bookmarking

Comments

Citation

ActiveMe Tourism Media and Heritage Services, “Boystown (Bailte Bhuí) Quaker Grave Yard,” Lakeside Heritage Trail, Blessington Lake, accessed August 20, 2017, http://wicklowheritage.omeka.net/items/show/14.