Eighteenth-Century Estate Maps

Duffy, Paddy (1997) Eighteenth-Century Estate Maps. History Ireland, 5 (1). pp. 20-24. ISSN 0791-8224

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Before the Ordnance Survey undertook the mapping of the country from Malin to Mizzen in the 1830s, cartography, surveying and landscape map production in Ireland were essentially a private undertakings. There had been a seventeenth-century precedent for state involvement in mapping in the various plantation surveys, but after Sir William Petty's Down Survey and the more or less final allocation of landed estates in the 1690s, there was no more central goverment involvement. Throughout the eighteenth century, competition in an expanding market for estate surveys produced a flowering of cartographic enterprise which has added considerably to our understanding of prefamine social and economic development.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Estate maps; Cartography; Ordnance survey; Irish land surveys; Surveying; William Petty; Joshua Wight; William Starrat; Thomas Raven; John Rocque; Maynooth; Carrickmacross; Down; Ireland
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Item ID: 1595
Depositing User: Prof. Patrick Duffy
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2009 11:17
Journal or Publication Title: History Ireland
Publisher: History Ireland Ltd
Refereed: Yes

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