WHITTY, Rev. John (1761-1843). A cut silhouette on buff card of a gentleman wearing a top hat, mounted under an ornate gilt metal window mount in a later frame (6 x 7 inches) with a suspension loop. At the foot of the silhouette is a pasted in label identifying the sitter as Revd. John Whitty.
John Whitty was born in Queen’s Co., Ireland, the second son and heir of the Rev. Edward Whitty (1720-1804), and his wife Mary Beere. He married Anne Groome in 1785 by whom he had six sons and two daughters. He was a major church leader, landholder and magistrate in the Castletown/Ballickmoyler area of Queen's county from the 1760's to the 1790's.
In 1798 during the United Irish Rebellion, the Protestant population of Ballickmoyler fled their homes and gathered at Providence Lodge, the home of the Rev. John Whitty. The rebels marched on to Carlow but were turned back and returned to Ballickmoyler, where, finding the Protestants had left the town they burned their houses and then attacked Providence Lodge with the loss of several lives.
Whitty moved to Carlow soon afterwards and took up his father's appointments as the Rector of Rathvilly from 1804 to 1843. Following his father's encounter with agrarian resistance, Whitty pursued the policy of seizing livestock from tenants who were in default of their church tithes and was involved in at least two confrontations which required police and military intervention. John Whitty’s eldest son, the Rev. Irwine Whitty pursued many enforcements of tithes, and was murdered in 1832 near his home near Tipperary.