Social and spatial order in the MacMahon lordship of Airghialla in the late sixteenth century


Duffy, Patrick (2001) Social and spatial order in the MacMahon lordship of Airghialla in the late sixteenth century. In: Gaelic Ireland, c.1250 - c.1650. Four Courts Press for the Group for the study of Irish Historic Settlement, pp. 115-137. ISBN 1-85182-547-9

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Abstract

The main source for understanding the territorial structure of Gaelic Ireland in the later medieval period is the legacy of English versions of it which were constructed in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. These records are the consequence of a meeting of two societies with different, though not mutually unfamiliar,' perceptions of priorities in owning and working the land. The emerging modern state placed emphasis on measurement of acres, spaces and boundaries, expressed in surreys, ink-entories and maps of property and land values. The Gaelic world had a different sense of landscape and its economic and social significance. There was, however, a shape and spatial order to the Gaelic landscape, which in spite of cultural and tenurial differences was real and discoverable to the colonial authorities.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Gaelic Ireland; Medieval; Landscape; Spatial order; Territory; Airghialla; Monaghan; Trough; Dartrey; Cremourne; Farney.
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Item ID: 1250
Depositing User: Prof. Patrick Duffy
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 17:10
Publisher: Four Courts Press for the Group for the study of Irish Historic Settlement
Refereed: Yes
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