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Dundalk, 1689

L’encampement d’Armee Anglois aupres de Dundalk An. 1689 1689 or later

Pen and ink on paper | Scale: 1:12,000 approx. | RCIN 724043

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A plan of the town of Dundalk with the encampments of the Williamite army, commanded by Frederick Hermann, 1st Duke of Schomberg (1615/16-1690) from 7 September to about 10 November 1689. Williamite-Jacobite War in Ireland (1688-91), part of the Nine Years War (1688-97). Oriented with south to top (compass rose). 

About half of Schomberg's army died from dysentery while in the camp. The men were encamped throughout in conditions of heavy rains, very cold nights, fog, drizzle and generally stormy weather. The map shows four main land-use types: arable land is depicted with lines of parallel dashes; rough grassland is shown by groups of curved horizontal strokes, the top stroke longer than the two or three lines below it; the symbol for wet grassland or marsh comprises two upright strokes resting on a horizontal line and what is possibly grazing land is left blank. The Williamite encampment is situated on a promontary of slightly higher ground to the north of Dundalk.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in shield with crown above, a ‘4’ and the letters WR/HG below

    Condition: two crease lines; surface dirt; top right corner cropped; small slit in bottom light margin. Verso: surface dirt

  • Scale: 1:12,000 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de cinq cent pas chaque pas a cinq pieds [69 mm =].

    20.0 x 32.5 cm (neatline)

    21.2 x 33.4 cm (image)

    22.3 x 34.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    L’encampement d’Armee Anglois aupres de Dundalk An. 1689. [top, above border]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, in simple cartouche, a key, A-I, K-M, to the town, bridge, the camp, artillery, battalions, regiments, dragoons, infantry, cavalry, trenches and batteries.]


    George III heading: Encampment at Dundalk 1689.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 3/130; [top left, black pencil:] IV/66.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment Plan dessiné du Campement de l’Armée Angloise aupres de Dundalk en 1689.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Dundalk, Leinster, Ireland (54°00ʹ00ʺN 06°25ʹ00ʺW)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    P. Lenihan, ‘Schomberg at Dundalk, 1689’, Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, 27, no.1, 2009, pp. 39-52

    J.G. Simms, ‘Schomberg at Dundalk, 1689’, Irish Sword, X, no.38, 1971, pp. 17-19

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