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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Alterations to County borders in Ireland – 1898

Summary of changes to county borders as a result of the Local Government (Ireland) Act of 1898. Links to the transferred Electoral Districts (DEDs) on the 1901 census showing the transferred areas included, and in addition links to townlands transferred as parts of other divisions , e.g. Urban Districts. (Where DEDs have not been located on the 1901 census returns, links to the 1911 returns are included *).

Quick Links : Connaught Leinster Munster Ulster

GALWAY – Electoral Divisions of Owenbrin and Ballinchalla transferred to County Mayo.
Electoral Division of Rosmoylan transferred to County Roscommon.
Electoral Divisions of Continue reading

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Catholic Parish Search by Town

New option added to allow a search for Catholic Parishes based on a list of towns. see Town > RC Parish Search at the top of the menu.

Coordinates are included in the system for cities and over 500 (1) towns all over Ireland, and allows a search for the nearest parishes and chapels to the selected town as they were in the late 1830s/early 1840s.twn_srch_00

This can be useful if for example for unfamiliar areas on the map or where the exact civil parish for the area of interest has not yet been established, but clues as to possible town or village names are known.

Selecting the ‘search’ button to the right of the results starts the search  for closest parish and chapel search. (note the Yellow search marker can sometimes end up ‘behind’ a chapel marker in the selected town, so may not be immediately visible)twn_srch_02

(1) The list of towns and villages is based on those with a population reported of at least 300 in the 1871 census statistics.

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Kilmore Co. Wexford and the Saltee Islands

Details of Kilmore and The Saltee Islands from 2nd Ed. Topographical Directory of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 2nd Ed., printed 1849.

KILMORE, a parish, in the barony of Bargey union in the county of Wexford, and province of LEINSTER, 9 ½ miles (1) (S. S. W.) from Wexford ; containing 1865 inhabitants. This place is situated on the eastern shore of the Lough formed by the barrow of Ballyteigue, a long a narrow sandbank extending from Ballyteigue for nearly four Irish miles, to the entrance of the lake : the burrow abounds with rabbits, and the lake with a variety of wild fowl. The parish comprises 4233 ¾ statute acres, in partly good grazing-land, but principally under tillage; the soil is fertile, and the system of agriculture has been much improved; with the exception of the burrow, there is neither bog nor waste. Limestone exists on the lands of Ballycross, but has not yet been quarried; an abundance of sea-manure, or tagweed is procured at spring tides and after storms, affording an excellent dressing for the land. Good building stone is found on the townland of Sarcilla. The seats are Ballycros, Ballyharty, Ballyseskin, and Ballyteigue.


Extract from c1838 Map, showing Kilmore area and Saltee Islands (Kilmore Quay is located at Crossfarnogue)

At Crossfarnogue Point is a small pier Continue reading

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