Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Smyth (Ballynatray)

The Smyths were settled in county Waterford from Elizabethan times. In the 17th century Richard Smyth of Ballynatray, county Waterford, married as his second wife Alice, daughter and co heir of Richard Grice of Ballycullane, county Limerick, and had a son Grice Smyth from whom descend the Smyths of Ballynatray. In the mid 19th century Ballynatray passed by marriage to Charlotte Mary wife of Charles William Moore, who succeded his brother as Earl Mount Cashell. They took the additional name of Smyth. In November 1861 their estate of 1,673 acres in the barony of Coshlea and liberties of Kilmallock, county Limerick (the Grice estate) was advertised for sale. In the 1870s the Honourable C.W.M. Smyth of Ballinatray owned over 7000 acres in county Waterford as well as 272 acres in county Limerick. In the 1890s Ballynatray was inherited by the eldest daughter of Earl Mount Cashell, Lady Harriette Gertrude Isabella Smyth, who had married in 1872 Colonel John Henry Graham Holroyd. They assumed the name of Smyth. Captain J.R. Smyth who owned 799 acres in county Tipperary and 2 acres in county Dublin in the 1870s may have been a member of this family. His agent was James Cahill of Blenaleim, Carrick on Suir.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballynatray House Ballynatray Demesne Templemichael Youghal Templemichael 102 Coshmore & Coshbride Waterford OSI Ref: X080832
OS Sheet: 37
Discovery map: 81

Archival sources

  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Smyth, 29 Nov 1861, Vol 63 (52), MRGS 39/032, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of Smyth of Yorkshire and of Rathcogan, Bridgefield, Headborough, Rathcoursey and Bishop's Island all in Co. Cork and of Ballynatra, Co. Waterford, c.1575 -- c.1850. GO MS 93, pp.136-139; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to Major John Henry Graham Holroyd and his wife Lady Harriette Gertrude Isabella Holroyd, eldest daughter of Charles William, Earl Mount Cashell by his wife, Charlotte Mary, only daughter and heir of Richard Smyth of Ballynatray, Co. Waterford on their assuming under Royal Licence the name and arms of Smyth, Aug. 1, 1894. GO Ms. 110, pp. 168-9 ; National Library of Ireland
  • W.J. Shannon & Co, solicitors, estate papers for Smyth family of Ballynatray, Co Waterford, 1614-1870. Acc No 1144; National Archives of Ireland
  • Holyroyd Smith Papers, unsorted collection. PC904-905 & PC 914-916; National Library of Ireland
  • Lismore Castle Papers, Collection List 129; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of royal licence to Charles William Moore of Ballynatray in the Co. Waterford to take the name Smyth only and use the arms of Smyth only, July 29, 1858. Genealogical Office: Ms.152, pp.298-300 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of grant of arms to The Hon. Charles William Moore of Ballynatray, Co. Waterford on his assuming under Royal Licence the name and arms of Smyth, Sept. 29, 1858. Genealogical Office: Ms.108, pp.241-2 ; National Library of Ireland
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey files. Barony of Coshmore & Coshbride. ; Waterford County Library

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Modern printed sources