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St Augustine's fort neere Galway

St Augustine's fort neere Galway

Cartographer: [Bodley, Josias ]

Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment

Date: 1611

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii

Item number: f.34

Length: 27.3

Width: 39.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript Map

This is a plan of St Augustine’s fort in Galway. It dates from about 1611 and is therefore contemporary with the English plantation scheme. This scheme involved the division of the counties of Donegal, Londonderry, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Armagh and Cavan into plots of land to be given to English and Scottish settlers and Irish who agreed to plant and conform to Protestantism. Here the fort is shown as a square structure with a segmental bastion at each corner. The internal buildings are named via an alphabetical key and include a church and soldiers and captains lodgings. The draughtsman is Josias Bodley, an engineer by training who held the offices of Superintendent of Castles and Director-General of Fortifications in Chichester and had been the main surveyor in the first major attempt to calculate the size of the confiscated territories of Ulster in 1609

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