This year’s Annual Historical Lecture will be delivered by John Hussey in Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16, on Friday 30th June at 8pm. The title of his talk is ‘Quaker Settlement in West Wicklow’.
John’s talk will be based on his many years of research in the Baltyboys and west Wicklow area using the principles of historical-geography and will make reference to the various Quaker families associated with the area. He will look at Baltyboys before the arrival of the first Quakers in 1678; the time distribution of Quaker settlement; the physical distribution of their settlement around the Kings River valley, including their involvement in local ‘partnership leases’; the roles of Anthony Sharp and Michael Boyle, Archbishop of Dublin and the weaving industry established by the Baltyboys Quakers. Finally, he will examine why the community died out.