The Hibernia Regnum Map Collection contains 289 facsimiles of the Down Survey of the Baronies of Ireland, 1655-1659.
The Hibernia Regnum Map Collection is one of 3 core map collections held by Special Collections at Queen's University Belfast.
This survey of the Baronies of Ireland is made up two sets: Ulster and Munster; and Leinster and Connaught. The collection includes 141 maps of the Ulster and Munster Provinces. Of these, there are 105 individual maps and 36 duplicates. The collection also houses 148 maps of the Leinster and Connaught Provinces. Of these, there are 109 individual maps and 39 duplicates. All of the Baronies of Ireland with the exceptions of Galway, Roscommon, and Mayo were mapped as a part of this exercise. However, one Barony in Mayo, The Barony of Tirrawly, was surveyed.
The original Hibernia Regnum maps were lost in transit from Dublin to London, as the vessel carrying them was captured by a French privateer in 1707. They eventually ended up in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. It was only in 1907 that the French government permitted the Ordnance Survey Office in Southampton to create facsimiles of the collection. This work was completed in 1908.
The Hibernia Regnum Map Collection is a particularly strong source of material for the study of Irish (and English) history, politics, geography, and cartography primarily for the mid-17th century period.
Researchers of the Down Survey of Ireland and Cromwell's military campaigns in Ireland will find rich source material in these maps.
The collection is made up of 289 maps of various sizes, stored in 29 large archival folders.
The maps have been individually measured in centimetres (height x width) using the neatline. Please consult the listing or further details. Any damage or other special characteristics have also been noted in this document.
Queen’s University Belfast has legal ownership of this collection. Please consult with staff as to matters of copyright and permission to publish.
The Ordnance Survey Office of Southampton created facsimiles of these maps by permission of the French Government in 1907. Queen's University Belfast acquired the Hibernia Regnum Map Collection via purchase thereafter.