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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.

Northern Ireland

1831 - 1846 Historic Six Inch Ordnance Survey Maps of Ireland

 

  • You can read about the 6 inch Ordnance Survey maps here.
  • OSi MapGenie gives access to the historic 6 inch mapping series. See our MapGenie page for information on access.
  • High-quality versions are available to purchase in Richview Library via the OSi e-commerce service. 

This historic 6inch series is available to view on the OSI's free map viewer GeoHive   http://map.geohive.ie/​    Here's how to find and see it:                                                   

Below Data Catalogue, click on the + symbol next to Base Information and Mapping            

Scroll down until you see Historic Map 6 inch Colour and click on this to select it 

Zoom in with the + button until the 6inch colour mapping becomes visible

To see just the 6inch colour mapping (with no other layer showing through) left click on the white circle on the transparency slider and move it to the right hand side   

Click on this image to see settings:

                                                                   

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