Maps of the Escheated Counties of Ireland

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A Generalle Description of Vlster

A Generalle Description of Vlster

Tyrone &c.

Tyrone &c.

Tyrconnell &c.

Tyrconnell &c.

Parte of ye Baronie of Donganon

Parte of ye Baronie of Donganon

Parte of ye Baronie of Loghinisholin

Parte of ye Baronie of Loghinisholin

Maps of the Escheated Counties of Ireland is one of 3 core map collections held by Special Collections at Queen's University Belfast.

Originally dated c. 1602-1610, the maps in this collection were copied at the Ordnance Survey Office in Southampton and published by Colonel Sir Henry James, R.E., in 1861. 

It is made up of 2 key parts: Richard Bartlett's maps of Ulster, and the Bodley maps.

The first 3 maps in this collection, A Generalle Description of VlsterTyrone &c., and Tyrconnell &c., are by Richard Bartlett c. 1602-1603. They offer rich detail and geographic coverage of Ulster, Sligo Bay, and Donegal Bay. These were Bartlett's final maps before his capture and execution in Tyrconnell (Donegal) in 1603.  

The remaining 28 maps, originally dated 1609-1610, form the bulk of the collection. They are often referred to as the 'Bodley maps', so named as Josias Bodley was responsible for the survey wherein Ulster was mapped for plantation. The maps cover Fermanagh; Tyrone and part of Derry; Cavan; and Armagh and part of Louth. 

These maps are also printed in a single bound volume, Maps of the Escheated Counties of Ireland, 1609, which is available for consultation in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room. Please see our catalogue for bibliographical details. This item contains coloured versions of the 31 maps in this collection with the exception of The Baronie of Omey, which is missing from the atlas. There is an additional map at the end of the volume; a black and white version of John Thomas’ illustration of the Siege of Enniskillen Castle in February, 1594.

Digital Special Collections & Archives provides online access to the atlas, Maps of the Escheated Counties of Ireland, 1609

Strengths

The Maps of the Escheated Counties of Ireland collection is a particularly strong source of material for the study of Irish (and English) history, politics, geography, and cartography primarily for the early-17th century period.

Researchers with an interest in the Nine Years War will find the Bartlett maps of particular intrigue. The maps also offer rich source material for researchers of the plantation of Ulster.

Physical characteristics

This collection is made up of 31 maps of various sizes, stored in a large archival folder.

The maps have been individually measured in centimetres (height x width) using the neatline. 

5 of the maps in this collection (Tyrone &c., Tyrconnell &c., Part of the Barony of Donganon, Parte of ye Baronie of Loghinisholin, and Parte of ye Baronie of Loghinisholin) are photographic reproductions, donated by Dr. A.J. Hughes on 13th November 1990. The remaining 26 maps are all certified facsimiles. Please consult the listing for further details. Any damage or other special characteristics have also been noted in this document.

 

Created

1861
1861

Coverage

1602
1610
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Custodial History

These facsimiles were created in the Ordnance Survey Office in Southampton and published by Colonel Sir Henry James, R.E., in 1861. Queen's University Belfast acquired the maps via purchase thereafter.

The 5 photographic reproductions in this collection were donated by Dr. A.J. Hughes on the 13th November 1990. 

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Special Collections are interested in replacing the 5 photographic reproductions in this collection (Tyrone &c., Tyrconnell &c., Part of the Barony of Donganon, Parte of ye Baronie of Loghinisholin, and Parte of ye Baronie of Loghinisholin) with facsimile maps.

Added by Keira Dobbin | Last updated on: 25 May 2020
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