New military road, from Mount Venus to Saly Gap and Killmalin, near Dublin, Ireland


In the wake of the 1798 United Irishmen’s rebellion, roads were top of the agenda for the British administration. During the uprising republican revolutionaries grouped in the Wicklow Mountains, an unwieldy range of peaks and valleys situated close to the heart of government in Dublin. The rebels lay undiscovered over the four-month insurgency because there was no navigable road running along the north-south axis of the Mountains. 

The British government chose Major Alexander Taylor, a military engineer, surveyor and map-maker, ‘to examine and reconnoitre’ the area and to design a road running across the spine of the Mountains. This is Taylor’s hand-drawn sketch-map, showing the road’s trajectory from Sally Gap in the south to Dublin in the north. The road running from Aurora to Enniskerry (part of the Powerscourt estate) is also depicted. Constructed between August 1801 and 1809, the Military Road still stands today. 

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New Military Road, from Mount Venus to Saly Gap and Killmalin, near Dublin.Ireland: Plan of the military road from Mt. Venus to Sally Gap and Killmalin, near Dublin
Pen and ink / Watercolour / Map
Alexander Taylor
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