Smithhill was in the demesne of The Palace at Elphin. It was the residence of the Reverend Oliver Jones, grandfather of Oliver Goldsmith, in the early 18th century. It was the home of Robert Jones Lloyd in the late 18th and early 19th century and of the Reverend John Lloyd in 1837. The house was unoccupied at the time of Griffith's Valuation when it was valued at £8 and held by Robert Lynch. The Ordnance Survey Field Name Books record that Goldsmith's father was born at Ardnagowna [or possibly Oliver himself, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Hill_(house)].