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Duncannon Fort, County Wexford, Leinster, Ireland

Duncannon Fort, County Wexford, Leinster, Ireland

Cartographer: Bodley, Sir Josias

Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment

Date: 1611

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii

Item number: f.31

Length: 45.4

Width: 41.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript Map

This map shows Duncannon fort in County Wexford. It dates from around 1611 and is therefore contemporary with the English plantation scheme. This scheme aimed to establish an English colony in Ulster by confiscating land from the native Irish. Several areas throughout Ireland were eventually re settled. It is likely that this plan is the work of Sir Josias Bodley, an engineer by training who held the offices of Superintendent of Castles and Director-General of Fortifications and had been the main surveyor in the first major attempt to calculate the size of the confiscated territories of Ulster in 1609. The fort is presented in the style of a birds eye view with an alphabetised key referring to the forts defences.

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