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Killiney History | June 15, 2024

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Killiney & Ballybrack houses in 1837

Killiney & Ballybrack houses in 1837
Last Modified: 28 May 2024 | author


In this article we explore the earliest records of the houses of Killiney and Ballybrack. We also examine the roads network which was a very simple affair in the early part of the 19th century. Maps prior to 1837, when the Ordnance Survey first mapped the district, were not of a sufficient scale to provide much detail in terms of the general housing stock. However, they do give an indication of the larger estates and the main roads serving the area. The list compiled for this piece includes all of the named houses which existed in 1837. Earliest known occupants have also been listed. Along with the first OS map of 1837 we are also fortunate to have the information provided in Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary for the adjoining parishes of Kill and Killiney. This document lists the main estates and residents of the parishes and is a useful reference to compare with the information provided on the map. Another directory which proved useful was Watson’s Almanac of 1834 for Dublin City and County. Where available we have included references to houses which appeared in the historical newspaper archives which can be searched online.

Our interactive map below makes it easy to identify the houses and monuments, give it a try.

Earliest houses identified

Rocque’s map of 1760 shows buildings in locations which correspond to the following properties:

  • Rochestown House
  • Beechwood House.
  • Bellevue Park.
  • Mount Mapas (Killiney Castle). Captain Mansel is named as owner

Killiney Road leading down from Killiney Castle is identified as ‘New Road’. The only other significant road at this stage is Killiney Hill Road, Military Road has not yet made an appearance.

Taylor and Skinner’s road map of the district which was surveyed in 1777 and corrected in 1783 identifies a handful of properties and their owners. These include:

  • Mount Druid, Mr. Wilson
  • Loftus Hill, Medlicott Esq
  • Ballinclea, Judge Lill
  • Rochestown, Malpas Esq

The 1787 map of the Malpas Estate by John Sherrard is one of the earliest sources to depict some of the larger houses in greater detail which includes landscaping layouts and building footprints. Unfortunately not many of the houses are named but tenants names are given and we have been able to identify the properties by comparing to current mapping. The map only covers the Rochestown Estate which extended to the coast to include Rocheshill, Killiney Village and Killiney Hill. The houses identified here match those in Rocque’s map:

  • Rochestown House. John Malpas landlord of the entire estate
  • Beechwood House. Occupant is Patrick Darcey esq.
  • Bellevue Park. Occupant is Mrs. Lill and Lessee is T.T. Medly Esq
  • Mount Mapas (Killiney Castle)
  • A number of cabins and smaller buildings can be made out around Killiney Village

The Ballinclea Estate of Mrs. Lill is outlined but no detail is provided on the buildings or field layouts in this plot. The road from Bray to Dublin is identified and is shown to follow the present day route via Killiney Hill Road, turning onto Killiney Road at Killiney Castle. Ballinclea Road leading down to Rochestown Avenue is also indicated. Ballinclea Road follows a different route to today’s layout and appears to pass Bellevue Park (now Cluny School) on the northern boundary, not the southern side as it does today.

Taylor’s map of 1816

In 1816 Taylor’s map shows all of the houses listed above along with ‘Ballinclay’ and ‘Carrigmuleen’. This would appear to be the site of the current Carrickmoleen possibly replacing the earlier house. Killiney Castle is now called Loftus Hill and the surrounding estate of Killiney Hill is identified as Deerpark. A school is shown where Urney, now Gleneagles, on Killiney Road is located.

Military Road appears for the first time, this is shortly after the construction of the Martello towers and military installations in 1804/1805. Martello Farm is shown on Military Road and marks the location of what was later to be called Martello House. This was subsequently incorporated into the grounds of Ashurst. A Lime kiln can be seen at the bottom of Military Road just above Killiney Strand. This would have provided much needed lime which was used in the construction of the batteries and Martello towers.

With the advent of the Ordnance Survey everything changes with regards to mapping and the accurate representation of information available in the public realm. The professional surveyors who produced the first 6 inch maps of Ireland applied a strict set of criteria to their work resulting in the ground breaking maps which were produced in the late 1830’s. Killiney and Ballybrack along with the rest of the country were surveyed in detail to a very high level of accuracy. It is possible to overlay these maps with current digital mapping and the quality of the historical document really shines through.

It is these early manuscript maps known as the ‘fair plans’ which we have used as the baseline for the listing of the houses in the district. The Killiney ‘fair plans’ were made in 1837 and represent the first true representation of what existed on the ground at this time. Remember, this was long before the coming of the railway which radically changed the situation and made the area a most desirable place to live for those wealthy individuals who worked in the city but wanted to escape to the resort like surroundings of Killiney in their down time. This ‘snapshot’ of Killiney before the boom recorded many houses and buildings which have long since vanished or have been changed beyond recognition. Many of the houses listed below no longer exist and are indicated with an *. Quite a few have been replaced by houses built later in the 19th or 20th century. A considerable number have been changed beyond recognition but it is still possible to discern some of the very old features if examined closely.

32 of the houses in the table below are mapped for the first time although they may have appeared in street directories like Watson’s of 1834. The road layout is largely the same as before with the exception of the opening up of Church Road linking Rochestown Avenue to Ballybrack Village. Interestingly Church Road ends at a T junction in the village where it meets Military Road. Shanganagh Road has not been built at this stage but appeared in the later 1843 published version of the map. Essentially the development of Killiney took the form of ‘ribbon’ development along Killiney Hill Road as can be clearly seen from the map below. It was not until much later that the coastal roads were developed along with the connecting roads from the main thoroughfare above eg. Strathmore Road, Kilmore Avenue and Marino Avenue linking to the new Railway Road above the beach.

Whereas the Taylor map of 1816 is dominated by the military installations in the district it is clear that houses are now being built along Killiney Hill Road between Killiney Village and Military Road. The new names which are printed on the map, commencing from the village going south, are: Killiney House, Killiney Park, Saintberry, Templeville, Druid Lodge, Desmond (now Padua), Percy Lodge, Rose Lodge, Marino (now Abbey Lea), Dorset Lodge and Rosetta.

Ballybrack Village is denoted by one sole building and is at a very early stage of it’s development. A number of houses have appeared further along Church Road towards the church. The main houses of the area are Ballybrack Grove (now demolished), Wyattville (now demolished) and Ballybrack Lodge (now Ballinacor House).

Listing of the earliest houses in Killiney & Ballybrack, as existing in 1837

Houses denoted in the table below with * no longer exist. Where highlighted you can click through to the relevant article which provides further detail. We hope to have articles on all the houses in due course so do come back. Any information on the houses would be greatly appreciated.

Name of houseAlternative nameEarliest recordEarliest known Occupant
Anglesea*1833 NAI recordFrederick Saintbury Parker, 1833
Abberley*Farm Lodge1837 Map
Ballinclea*1590 list of outlaws1590 Rowland Goodman
Ballybrack Grove*Shanganagh Grove1837 MapJaphet Alley, 1837
Ballybrack LodgeEgremont, Ballinacor House1837 MapGeorge F. Fowler, Thom’s 1847
Beechwood*1760 Map1787 Patrick Darcey esq.
Bellevue Park1760 Map1787 T.T. Medly Esq
CarrigmuleenCarrickmoleen1816 Taylor’s map
CoolmeenUrney, Eagle Lodge1834 Watson’s AlmanacJoseph Farrell, smith and farrier, 1834
Dalkey & Killiney DispensaryBellair House1837 mapFrederick Hasler MD
DesmondPadua1832 NAI recordFrederick Saintbury Parker 1832
Dorset LodgeSaint Declan’s1834 Watson’s AlmanacThomas Crofton, 1834
Druid Cottage*Glen Druid1837 MapMrs. Patten, Lewis 1837
Druid LodgeMount Druid?1777 Taylor & Skinner MapPeter Wilson
EdenvilleEden Villa1837 MapMrs. Rose Byrne, Thom’s 1847
Evergreen LodgeMarchington, Cedar LodgeEdward Walpole, Thom’s 1858
Ivy LodgeIvy Cottage 18371834 Watson’s AlmanacJames Dowling, 1834
Killiney CastleMount Malpas, Roxborough, Loftus Hill, Killiney Castle1740 Built by John Malpas as a speculative development.Captain Edward Maunsell, 1755
Killiney ChurchSt. Matthias’Built in 1835Rev. Charles Sleater, Thom’s 1847
Killiney CottageBanqueting Cottage, St. Mary’s1837 MapMr. McCann, 1847
Killiney House1834 Watson’s AlmanacCaptain B. Gaynor & James Rhody
Killiney Lodge*Merton Lodge1834 Watson’s AlmanacMrs. Elizabeth Clements Southwell & David Tobin Esq
Killiney Park*Park House1802 advertMrs. Elizabeth King, 1834
KilmarnockHaldane Grange1832 advertLt. John Robert Baker, 1834
Laughlinstown HouseLoughlinstown Housec.1660 Built by Sir William Domvile replacing existing medieval castleSir William Domvile
MarinoAbbey Lea1836 to let advertMrs. King, Lewis 1837
Martello CottageKilmuire/Little Anstice1837 MapWilliam Milling Esq, Thom’s 1847
Martello Farm*Martello House/Ashurst site1816 Taylor’s mapThomas Oxley, 1834
Mount MapasMount Mapas Cottage1836 to let advertRobert Warren
Mountain View*Mr. Farrell’s Yard and Forge1837 MapMr. Michael Farrell, Thom’s 1847
Obelisk Cottage*St. Germains (demolished)1837 MapMartin Creane, Thom’s 1847
Percy Lodge1837 MapThomas Farrell, Thom’s 1847
Plasnewyd*Rock Lodge1837 MapThe Hon. Mrs. Kaye
RainfordRainsford Lodge1837 MapMr. Thomas Murphy, Thom’s 1847
Rochestown House*c.1750 Built by John Malpas replacing existing medieval Rochestown CastleJohn Malpas
Rose CottageRose Lodge (1837)1834 Watson’s AlmanacJames Farrell, 1834
RosettaSite of Rathleigh1837 MapHugh Ferguson, Thom’s 1856
St. HelenaUplands1837 MapFagan, The Misses, Thom’s 1847
SaintburySt. Bury1832 newspaper advertFrederick St. Bury Parker Esq
SchoolHillview, St.Abbey’s1837 Map
Templevillec.1827 ‘Killiney Surroundings’ by FiggisRev. Charles Sleater, 1827
Victoria LodgeThe Cottage1837 MapMrs. Byrne, Thom’s 1847
Woodbine Cottage1837 MapMiss Mullin, Thom’s 1847
Wilmont1837 MapCaptain Swainson, Thom’s 1847
Wyattville*1837 MapMr. James Reilly, Thom’s 1847

Interactive Map of Killiney & Ballybrack in 1837

We have traced and overlayed the houses and buildings of note from the 1837 ‘fair plan’ map onto the current map of the district. Hover over the red blocks to get the name of the property. If available you can click through to the article on that house or monument. The roads as existed in 1837 are also highlighted and the development along these spines is visible.