Martin Haverty was born in Mayo in 1809, he received his education at the Irish college in Paris. ‘he came to Dublin in 1836 and joined the staff of the Freemans journal in 1837 where he worked until 1850.

He bought 100 acres of the Royce estate, Nantenan in the early 1800’s. He designed and built Kilbeha house on the land using stones quarried from the farm in 1852. The house has a Swiss/French design presumably influenced by his time spent studying abroad.


While resident in Kilbeha he wrote a very comprehensive ‘History of Ireland, Ancient and modern,’ which was used in schools and colleges for years.  On his return to Dublin, he was made sub-librarian of the Kings Inns, where he remained for a quarter of a century.

He was obviously a very kind landlord as can be seen from this newspaper article

He died on Jan 18th, 1887 and is buried in Glasnevin cemetry.

Joseph Patrick Haverty, painter of the ‘Blind Piper’, was his brother