The Smyths settled in County Waterford during the Elizabethan era. In 1683, Richard Smyth of Ballynatray, County Waterford, married his second wife Alice, daughter and co-heir of Richard Grice of Ballycullane, Co. Limerick, and had a son named 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, Co. Limerick (the Grice estate) was advertised for sale. In the 1870s, the Honourable C.W.M. Smyth of Ballinatray owned over 7000 acres in Co. Waterford in addition to 272 acres in Co. Limerick. In the 1890s, Ballynatray was inherited by the eldest daughter of Earl Mount Cashell, Lady Harriette Gertrude Isabella Smyth, who, in 1872, had married Colonel John Henry Graham Holroyd. They assumed the name Smyth.
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Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Holroyd-Smyth Family ↴
This collection contains family and estate papers of the Holroyd-Smyth family of Ballynatray, Co. Waterford. Estate papers include conveyances, leases, rentals, surveys, maps and labour accounts for their holdings in Waterford, Limerick and Cork. Also contains papers for the Grice family of Co. Limerick and the Moore family of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The papers of the Moore family came into the collection due to the marriage of Charlotte Mary Smyth to Charles William Moore, 5th Earl Mount Cashell in 1848. Among the family papers is a large collection of correspondence, the majority of which is that of Richard Smyth (1796-1858) of Ballynatray. The family papers also include a substantial collection of legal and financial papers, genealogical material and photographs, as well as marriage and testamentary material.
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The collection is arranged as follows: I. Estate II. Family
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Conditions Governing Reproduction
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There are additional papers related to the Holroyd-Smyth family held in the Department of Manuscripts of the National Library of Ireland, see MS L 321-325.
Descriptive Control Area
NLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
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