Land surveying in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Dublin.
PhD thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
This thesis explores and documents the profession of land surveying in Dublin,
Ireland, during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries until 1810. It aims to
present the many aspects of land surveying in Dublin during this period. As such, it is
the history of a skilled, varied and complex craft practiced by both professionals and
amateurs. It establishes a definition for the career title land surveyor, examines the
viability of the profession in eighteenth-century Dublin and how the elements of
surveying science, art, technology and business integrated together to create a feasible
The science and technology of surveying, established primarily from period treatises
and manuals, is evaluated, compared and investigated with specific focus on
surveying instrumentation and associated methodology. The practical application of
surveying technology and techniques is examined through a series of case studies to
demonstrate both the diversity of period surveying work and the individuals who
practiced it. The cartographic output from such projects, the various artistic styles,
strengths, weaknesses and trends additionally reflect this diversity.
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