David Smyth's History of Smyth Family"SMYTHE of BARBAVILLA" (Westmeath, Ireland)
descended from Thomas Smyth (b.1520) who married Jane Layton.
Ralph Smyth (d. 1689) - of Ballymacash, Co. Antrim. (High Sheriff, 1680)
Captain Ralph Smyth (the Tanner) was the progenitor of the Irish Smythe line treated here.
He married, in 1643, Alice (Elizabeth?) Hawksworth - the daughter of Sir Richard Hawksworth of Hawksworth Hall, Yorkshire. Click on the Rosedale "spot" on the map (right) to follow David Smyth's research on the Smyth family.

The children of Ralph Smyth and Alice (Elizabeth) Hawksworth

1. William Smyth - The Rt. Revnd. (Bishop of Kilmore & Ardagh 1682) - of Manor and Castle of Ranaghan - became Bishop of Killala in 1680, trans. Raphoe 1693. He married (1672) Mary (?) Elizabeth Povey (d. 1730). (Mary) Elizabeth Povey was the daughter of Chief Justice, Sir John Povey.

Children of the marriage:

Ralph Smyth (d.1757) married Anne Lanier, daughter of Colonel Sir John Lanier. There were no children of the marriage.
In progress
(The Builder of Barbavilla)
Elizabeth Smyth m. 1696
Rt Reverend Edward Smyth DD, Bishop of Down & Connor - who d. 1720. (Smyth family of Mount Henry) A daughter, Elizabeth Francis Smyth married (1727) 1st Earl of Courtown. There were children of this marriage.
Mary Smyth d. 1753 married Thomas de Burgh MP (d. 1730) of Oldtown, Co. Kildare. There were children of the marriage. NB - Anstruther family is also linked by marriage to the de Burgh family, late 19th/20th Century.
Ann Frances Smyth married Darby Clarke of Kildare.
There were children of the marriage among whom the youngest daughter was Frances Clarke (1721-1771).
Alice Smyth married the Rev. John Echlin - nephew of Most Rev. John Vesey, DD Archbishop of Tuam.

2. Thomas Smyth, (High Sheriff of Co. Antrim in 1691) - progenitor of Smyth(e) families in Drumcree, Glananea and Coole - Westmeath.

3. Ralph Smyth - of Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary, married Mary Jackson. There were children of the marriage. In progress
4. Alice Smyth - rnarried George Lambert - There was a child/there were children of the marriage.
5. Mary Smyth - rnarried Col. Daniel McGenis (McGuiness family?)
6. Margaret Smyth - no known details
7. Robert Smyth - Vicar of Ballyloughloe, Co. Meath, (of Portlick Castle)
rnarried (unknown) Arnold.
The children of the marriage:
7. i Michael Smyth m. Isabella Johnstone. There were children of the marriage.
7. ii Jane Smyth m. 1714 the Rev. Stephen Radcliffe. There were children of the marriage.
7. iii Alice Smyth m. 1718 the Rev. John Travers, (d. 1774) Rector of Ballyloughloe, Co. Meath. She died in 1778, leaving children of the marriage. Follow the Alice Smyth link to see one of the descendant lines.
Note: James Stopford - 1st Earl of Courtown
Irish Member of Parliament 1721-1758; raised to the Irish peerage on 19th September 1758 as Baron Stopford; became Viscount Stopford and Earl of Courtown on 1st. April 1762; built Courtown House 1726. The link will give access to the ancestry of STREATFIELD and includes many of the families identified with the Smyth families of Ireland. His wife, Elizabeth Francis Smyth (1705-1788) is buried in 'St. Andrew's Church', Dublin.

Mount Henry Ballybrittas, Portarlington, is now a convent. It was completed in 1820 for Henry Smyth to the designs of Richard Morrison of Morrisons in London. The 'Skeffington' Smyth branch of the family took up residence in 1823 and the house was occupied by the Smyths until 1922.Mount Henry as it appears today - "Mount St. Anne's"

Smyth, Edward Skeffington Randal, V.L. (Vice-Lieutenant) J.P. King's County; late Lieut. 28th Foot), Mount Henry, Portarlington; Kildare. Street Club Dublin; Army and Navy Club London S.W. (King's County 1882 documentation) He retired with the rank of Colonel.

The last Smyth owner of the property was Major Randal Charles Skeffington Smyth (b. 1863), the son of Colonel Edward Skeffington Randal Smyth (d.1887) and his wife, Letitia.Interior view from portico - Mount Henry

Major Smyth left the house in the charge of a caretaker at the outbreak of the first World War.  Shortly after the war, it was rented for about a year by Dublin physician, Dr. Oliver St. John Gogarty.

In 1922, Mount Henry was sold for 1,500 to a Mr. Burke who subsequently sold it to the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin in the late twenties. It became the residence of the Bishop of the Diocese, Dr. Cullen, who then sold it to the Presentation Sisters in 1933. The house was renamed "Mount St. Anne's" and the Sisters took up residence on July 26th of that year.

Built in the grand Georgian style, Mount Henry is fronted with dressed granite, the entrance consisting of a raised  platform of Portland flags, reached by three steps, surrounded by a portico, which is supported by pillars, crowned by a pediment and flanked by large, symmetrical bay windows on either side. The stone floored front hall has a screen of columns and a small circular gallery lets in light from a roof lantern.

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