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Siege of Limerick, 1691 1691 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on two pieces of paper, joined; with a revised drawing of the fortified town of Limerick pasted over the original base map; some pricking through | Scale: 1:5,000 approx. | RCIN 724055

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A map of existing and proposed fortifications of Jacobite-held Limerick at the siege under Patrick Sarsfield (c.1660-93) by Williamite forces, commanded by General Godert de Ginkell, later 1st Earl of Athlone (1630-1703), resulting in the capitulation of the town; the siege had gone on from August to 3 October 1691. Williamite-Jacobite War in Ireland (1688-91), part of the Nine Years War (1688-97). Oriented, on the fiche, with east to top. 

There are important differences in detail between this large-scale survey of the siege works around Limerick and those shown on RCIN 724054. Additional walls have been drawn around the old fort on King's Island, and the old fort across the Shannon opposite Limerick has been completed; small redoubts have been drawn on the causeway across the marshland shown in yellow (annotated in pencil: ‘marais’); the line of the trench between Lisburne's redoubt and Nassau's fort (‘P’ and ‘K’ on RCIN 724054) which, on RCIN 724054, looks as though it has been drawn in such a way as to indicate an older work, and has been redrawn with an extra redoubt, and there are other examples. All of these additional works are drawn in dotted lines which suggest that they were proposed, rather than actual structures: i.e., the proposed renovation of old fortifications and the building of new defensive works. This map, unlike RCIN 724054, does not show any troop positions.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Crozier with scrollwork surround, the letter B below

    Mark, stamped: 40

    Condition: ten fold lines; formerly folded to 20.1 x 11.9 cm; creased; small tear to left edge. Verso: foxing; outer fold panels heavy surface dirt; small spot of red sealing wax on right edge

  • Scale: 1:5,000 approx. Scale bar: 600 pas ou 200 thoises [75 mm =].

    76.6 x 72.4 cm (image and sheet)

  • Printed title:



    George III heading: A drawn Sketch of the Siege of Limerick in 1691.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [left centre, ink:] Limmerick [and numerical calculations]; [left centre, black pencil: rough sketch of fortification]; [right centre, black pencil:] Limerick XXVII/6g; [right centre, black pencil:] 19/6-8; [right, left of, or above, old heading, black pencil:] A drawn Sketch of the Siege of Limerick in 1691.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Limerick A drawn Sketch of the Siege of Limerick in 1691. 2 sheets.

  • Possibly from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

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

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