According the Griffiths Valuation of Ireland for Carlow in 1852 Henry Bruen
was the main landowner of the Strawhall Estate which covers
Bestfield to the North, the sugar Factory, the Lunatic Asylum and the County
Infirmary which are located on the Athy Road to the South of the estate.
The Earldom of Ulster also owned land in this area
according to Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland"
written in 1916.
The entry reads:
No. 12. — Balydogan in Co. Carlow. The name, I think,
survives in Dunganstown or Bestfield, adjoining Oak Park demesne (which
was probably included), near the town of Carlow.
Best of Bestfield
On Behalf Of Michael Purcell Unsigned / undated /
handwritten Last Will and Testament of Carlow resident in PPP, names his
wife Catherine Best and his nephew; Able John Caufield Warren also names
John Humfrey "son of my nephew"... some of the land is in
Bestfield.........any reader with information on same?
Bestfield Old Graveyards and Church ruins.
Site of an old graveyard & church
(ruin) on the Athy Road, Bestfield. We dont know what the name of
this church was.
This is also the site of an old
graveyard & church (ruin) on the Athy Road. The image is
taken looking south from the Athy Road.
the north of Bella Vista House and Bestfield, there is an old
abandoned Quakers Burial
ground which is close to the River Barrow on private property.
OSi map of the location of the Quakers Buriel ground.
- As John Wayne might say:
- "Weaver Best never was no Quaker"
- It is recorded that Matthew Gatney of
Maganey claimed there was a stone at Bestfield with the following inscription:
- "Here lies the Body of Weaver Best
- Separated from all the rest.
- And let his soul be where it will,
- His body lies in Bestfield still."
However no trace of this stone has been found.
Bestfield was the private burial place for some
members of the Best family:
[Sarah Best 1743 - George Best 1739 -
Arundel Best 1755 - and Caulfield
Best undated,] The plot contains one slab stone.
The Best family home was at Knockbeg on the west
side of the River Barrow with another burial place for the family at
The Society of Friends' Quaker) Burial Plot is at
Newgardens and is not associated in any way with the Bestfield plot.
Quaker policy dictates that attention is not drawn to the place where they
They do not approve of erecting headstones etc.
With approval from the Society of Friends in 1985
the Carlow County Heritage Society undertook a clean-up of the Newgarden
burial ground but unfortunately the owner of the land stopped the work and
waving a very big stick threatened any person who tried to gain access (he could have been waving a gun ...we did not go near enough to find
The late Peter Thomas was very concerned and
saddened over this as it was his life-long wish that his remains should be
buried among the Quakers at Newgardens, and along with several generations
of his family.
It was said that Peter bought land in the area
thinking he was buying the land wherein the burial plot was situated but
he was mislead on this.
This link opens the article by Bryce Petersen.
Bryce now lives in Utah with his wife and family,
he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Source: Michael Purcell 2012
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