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Printed and manuscript maps, prints and views of 22 seventeenth-century wars

William Webb of Ballynote, co. Sligo (active 1651)

Siege of Limerick, 1651

The Mappe, / of LIMERICK, and of the / workes about it, (7 miles / in compas) it being belea / gverd by His Ex: HENRY / IRETON ESQ. L: DEPUTY - / gen.ll of Ireland Iune the / 3.d 1651 and taken in the 29.th of October... 1651 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on vellum | Scale: Scale bar: A Scale of Paces, Five Foote to the Pace [= 124 mm] | RCIN 723094.a

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A manuscript map of Limerick, held by Irish Confederate Catholics and English Royalists, commanded by Hugh Dubh O'Neill, 5th Earl of Tyrone (1611-1660) and besieged from 3 June to 29 October 1651 by the English Parliamentary New Model Army commanded by Henry Ireton (1611-26 November 1651) resulting in the surrender of the city. Irish Confederate Wars (1641-1653). Oriented with east-north-east to top (compass rose).

Wiggins (p.72) refers to a manuscript map by William Webb illustrating the siege of Limerick in 1651 and showing examples of the detached forts or 'sconces' typical of the period, square in form with a bastion at each corner, giving a characteristic star-shaped plan. Wiggins is referring to another manuscript example of RCIN 723094.a which is in Worcester College, Oxford, MS YC 20, ccvi. A digital image of the Worcester College copy can be seen at Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum, Limerick (accessed 19/01/2016).

  • William Webb of Ballynote, co. Sligo (active 1651) (cartographer) [top right, below title:] Described by / Wi.ll Webb Inge

  • Watermark: Not applicable

     

  • Scale: Scale bar: A Scale of Paces, Five Foote to the Pace [= 124 mm]

    77.0 x 68.5 cm (whole object)

  • Manuscript title:

    The Mappe, / of LIMERICK, and of the / workes about it, (7 miles / in compas) it being belea / gverd by His Ex: HENRY / IRETON ESQ. L: DEPUTY - / gen.ll of Ireland Iune the / 3.d 1651 and taken in the 29.th of October following [bl:] LIMBRICK / LEAGVER / 1651 [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, a key, 1-70:] THE TABLE. See also RCIN 723094.b.

    Manuscript title:

    LIMBRICK / LEAGVER / 1651 [bottom left, in ink]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Limerick 3 June – 29 October 1651.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none (Verso) [right, edge, red pencil:] 19/4; [bottom centre, black pencil:] Limerick; [top left, black pencil:] 10; [top right, black pencil:] 18.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Limerick The Mappe of Limerick and of the Works about it, 7 miles in compas, it being be-leaguerd by His Ex. Henry Ireton Esq. L. Deputy Gen.ll of Ireland, June the 3.d 1651 and taken in the 29.th of October following: described by Will.m Webb Ing.r drawn on vellum.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Limerick, Munster, Ireland (52°39ʹ53ʺN 08°37ʹ23ʺW)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    K. Wiggins, Anatomy of a siege: King John’s Castle, Limerick, 1642, vol. 1, Woodbridge 2001

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