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The Down Survey

The Down Survey of Ireland, undertaken by the Cromwellian regime and carried out by William Petty – an English Scientist, in the years 1656-1658, introduced modern mapping techniques to Ireland, creating the first recognisable maps of the country.  It was also the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world.

Trinity College Dublin have published the Down Survey maps on the internet.  They are rich in detail, showing not only townland boundaries, but also churches, roads, rivers, bogs, woods and settlements.

Click here to visit The Down Survey Website.

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