The landed gentry played a significant role in the
history of Kildare. The highly impressive houses
throughout the county stand as testimony to this.
There has always been a deep fascination in 'The
Big House' - the families living there, their
treatment of the peasants, and their eventual fall.
The Gentry of Kildare is a fascinating exploration
into the lives of a number of gentry families, their
rise and their demise. This study of the landed
gentry is a wonderful read from both an historical
as well as a local point of view.