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View of Carrickfergus

View of Carrickfergus

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop LI

Item number: 48

Length: 50

Width: 95

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the town and castle of Carrickfergus. Situated on the eastern coast of Ireland in the county of Antrim, it is one of the oldest towns in Northern Ireland. The castle was built by John de Courcy, Earl of Ulster, in the 12th century and it became the principal stronghold in the county. The castle originally consisted of an inner ward, a bailey at the end of the peninsula, a high polygonal wall and the east gate. The keep was added later and the fourth storey would have been used as de Coursey’s private quarters.

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