Historic Maps of Ireland available Online (Updated)

   
Ordnance Survey Maps Detailed modern and Historic map of Ireland – 6″ Historic and 6″ Historic B&W date from c1837 to abt. 1847, and the Historic 25″ date from the late 1890s to early 1900s, from Ordnance Survey Ireland
GeoHive maps Ordnance Survey Ireland of Ireland, with historic maps from 1830s/40s, c1900s and c1930s, plus a number of modern Aerial map layers
Northern Ireland Historic maps PRONI
Survey of the city and suburbs of Dublin 1757 With the division of the parishes reduc’d from the large plan in four sheets by John Rocque, from Bibliothèque Nationale de France
An Exact Survey of the City and Suburbs of Dublin 1756 In Which is Express’d the Ground Plot of all Publick Buildings Dwelling Houses, Ware Houses, Stables, Court Yards, &c, by John Rocque from Bibliothèque Nationale de France
A Survey of the City, Harbour, Bay and Environs of Dublin 1757 On the same Scale as those of London, Paris & Rome, by John Rocque from Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Modern Plan Of The City And Environs Of Dublin 1798 Inscribed by Wm Wilson, engraved by B. Baker, Islington, from MAPCO
Map of Ireland 1838 Compiled from the Surveys of the Board of Ordnance and other approved Documents By J. & C. Walker, from MAPCO
David Rumsey Map Collection Large Collection of maps
Old Maps Online Map Portal with links to various external websites
   
Various Historic maps of Ireland, Co. Dublin, Dublin City, Taylor & Skinner Road Maps 1777, Lewis 1837 County maps, etc (www.swilson.info)
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Show list of all towns in Registration District (or P.L.U.)

The new townland explorer may be used to show a list of all the town within any Superintendents Registrar’s District, more usually referred to as Registration Districts. Civil records are indexed by Registration districts and these appear in the original National GRO BMD Index books and also the various online copies of the BMD Index.

The Civil Registration Districts were generally based on the area covered by the Poor Law Union of the same name and based in a larger market towns. Initially there were 130 Poor Law Unions setup, although several were later created, e.g. Newport from Westport (later merged back into Westport), and others merged into adjacent districts – e.g. Gortin into Strabane & Omagh.  Several registration Districts covered areas in more than one county, e.g. Athlone, Rathdown, Youghal, Cootehill etc. The list of towns included can be useful in understanding the area covered by each district.

The townland explorer can also be used to establish the Registration District for an individual townland or town – enter part of the townland or town name in the search field, using wildcards as required. The results can be narrowed down by filtering using the county dropdown.

  1. Open the New Townland Explorer page, and tick the ‘Towns Only’ check-box

 

2. Select the Registration District or Poor Law Union from the dropdown list (type the first letter to skip to the correct part of the list)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The towns included in the district or PLU are shown grouped by county, barony and civil parish.

4. The same process may be used to show a list of towns in a selected county or barony.
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To search within civil parishes it’s best to narrow down the list by first selecting a county, PLU, barony or combination of these. The civil parish list automatically updates to show only the included parishes.

Once any selection is made of county, PLU, Barony or Civil Parish, clear the ‘Towns Only’ check box to also show a more detailed list by civil parish, each of which may be expanded to show townlands, and towns included.
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Further reading :
Ireland: civil registration districts  from Irish Genealogy Toolkit (includes a map of districts)
Map of Poor Law Unions (Registration Districts) from John Grenham

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Milners’ Safes Advert – 1917

from Thom’s 1917, advertisement for Milners’ Safes with testimonials from Hamilton Long, Apothecary & Chemists, J. Gaynor & Son Merchants and mention of a safe retrieved with contents intact from the ruins of the G.P.O. (see transcript below)img0014-wp
Milners’ Safes in Dublin Fires
Remarkable Testimonials
Hamilton, Long & Co. Ltd., Apothecaries and Chemists, 3 Lower Sackville Street, Dublin

Dear Sirs – We have much pleasure in informing you that the contents of our two Milner Safes (one very large and one medium size), which included books, deeds and cash, were in perfect order when the Safes were opened almost one week after the disastrous fires which destroyed our premises along with 50 other business premises, in Sackville Street, and in addition almost 50 more in adjoining thoroughfares. We are quite satisfied the Safes were of first-class fire-resistant materials, as otherwise they could not have resisted the intense heat so successfully.  Yours faithfully…

J. Gaynor & Son, Cork Merchants, 74 & 75 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin

Dear Sirs – We think it due to your firm, to place on record the fact that our Milners’ Safe preserved its contents in perfect condition during the great conflagration which completely destroyed the block of buildings in which our premises were situated. We think this is remarkable, as the Safe was buried in the ruins for over a week. We may say the Safe is in our possession over 30 years. Yours faithfully

General Post Office, Dublin

From the Ruins of the General Post Office a Milner’ Fire-Resisting Safe was recovered. The contents, £7,000 in Bank Notes were found absolutely uninjured.

Call and inspect our Stock or Write for Catalogue

Milners’ Safe Co., Ltd
21 Dawson Street, Dublin

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Historic Maps of Ireland available Online

Ordnance Survey Maps Detailed modern and Historic map of Ireland – 6″ Historic and 6″ Historic B&W date from c1837 to abt. 1847, and the Historic 25″ date from the late 1890s to early 1900s, from Ordnance Survey Ireland
Northern Ireland Historic Six Inch Series Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland
Survey of the city and suburbs of Dublin 1757 With the division of the parishes reduc’d from the large plan in four sheets by John Rocque, from Bibliothèque nationale de France
An Exact Survey of the City and Suburbs of Dublin 1756 In Which is Express’d the Ground Plot of all Publick Buildings Dwelling Houses, Ware Houses, Stables, Court Yards, &c, by John Rocque from Bibliothèque nationale de France
A Survey of the City, Harbour, Bay and Environs of Dublin 1757 On the same Scale as those of London, Paris & Rome, by John Rocque from Bibliothèque nationale de France
Modern Plan Of The City And Environs Of Dublin 1798 Inscribed by Wm Wilson, engraved by B. Baker, Islington, from MAPCO
Map of Ireland 1838 Compiled from the Surveys of the Board of Ordnance and other approved Documents By J. & C. Walker, from MAPCO
David Rumsey Map Collection Large Collection of maps
Old Maps Online Map Portal with links to various external websites

 

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Portlaw – Cotton Factory.

I had read about the cotton factory at Portlaw, but the size of this operation only properly registered this morning – see image of Portlaw in the tweet from the National Library below…

David Malcolmson had been involved in milling corn in Clonmel, but with changes in the market due to the corn laws turned to cotton and commenced operations at Portlaw in 1818 1 by demolishing  a small flour mill and building a small cotton mill. Later by 1824 a larger factory 2 was in operation on the site.  The business later became known as Malcomson Brothers when control passed to his sons Joseph, Joshua and John Continue reading

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