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Map Collections at UCD and on the Web: Historic Maps - All Island Ireland

Find, access and purchase maps at UCD Library. Lists of map resources and suppliers on the web. Examples of map symbols and scales. Copyright and booking forms.

Pre 1600 Maps of Ireland

Hiberniae, Britannicae Insulae, Nova Descripto by Abraham Ortelius, 1572

Historic Maps of Ireland from the Library of Congress

Ireland from Maps. (1980) Dublin: National Library of Ireland. This publication includes the following maps:

  • Ptolemy's Map of Ireland, 150 A.D. 
  • Martin Waldseemuller : A Seachart of Ireland. Strasbourg, 1513
  • Gerald Meractor : Map of Ireland. Duisburg, 1564

Ireland's History in Maps - this site uses a basic graphical map of Ireland to display thematic information such as Bronze Age Ireland, Arrival of Christianity, the Viking Era, Plantation and Earldoms, etc.

Life in Elizabethan England Shows a basic map of Ireland with the territories owned by the Gaelic chiefs circa 1500.

Early Irish maps from State Papers c.1558 - c.1610 Made available through the National Archives UK website. The collection comprises more than 60 different maps depicting plantations, fortifications and townships in Ireland during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, in the 16th and 17th centuries, some which are amongst the earliest cartographic representations of Ireland and are available at a fee.

The Down Survey of Ireland

The Down Survey of Ireland  Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world. In addition to other material this website comprises digital images of all the surviving Down Survey maps at parish, barony and county level.

Learn about the Down Survey of Ireland project from Dr Micheál Ó’Siochrú of Trinity College Dublin’s Department of History.

How to find the date of a six inch or 25 inch historic map

  • The Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) free public map viewer allows you view the historic 25 inch and 6 inch mapping series and you can find the dates of the maps by following these instructions:


Go to:,588882,739883,0,10


Find your area of interest by zooming in or typing your address

Then from right-hand side options choose one of the historic map series

Next, click on search in the Menu box

When this search box opens click on the tab named Historic

Now in the search box type some random numbers, e.g. 001 (the county is completely irrelevant)

Click on the word Search which is in the lower right corner of the search box

The map sheet numbers will be displayed for the area shown on your screen

Now that you know your sheet number, e.g. WH031-08 you type this number into the search box

This means you are overwriting 001 which you had typed earlier

Click the word Search again and the survey date for the map will be shown.

Northern Ireland

Maps of Ireland after 1600

        Read here for information about Taylor & Skinner's survey.

Maps to accompany the Topographical Dictionary were published in a separate atlas

Click here to view the index sheet.The full list of Military Maps is here


1831-1846 - Six Inch Ordnance Maps of Ireland (1:10,560) 

You can find the specific date of the 6inch map you are interested in by following instructions given in the box to the left.