This thesis sets out to examine a medium-sized Co. Wicklow
improving estate before, during and immediately after the great
famine. The basic primary resourse used is the journal kept by the
wife of the landlord throughout the 1840s ; using it and corroborative
material, the lives led by Colonel Henry and Mrs. Elizabeth Smith
on their estate of Baltiboys near Blessington, some twenty miles
south of Dublin, are described and the condition of all living on
the estate investigated.