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A new map of Ireland by John Senex

A new map of Ireland from the latest observatio by John Senex inscrib'd to the Right Honoble. Simon Lord Lovat &c.  

By cartographer John Senex (1678-1740)

From the Dublin Castle Archival Material Collection, DCA00106


This is a very finely copper engraved and hand-coloured map of Ireland with the title on the top left of the map within a decorative cartouche. Simon Fraser, (c. 1667 – 9 April 1747), 11th Lord Lovat to whom this map is dedicated was a Scottish Jacobite and the last man to be publicly beheaded on Tower Hill, London for treason having fought at the Battle of Culloden [Blàr Chùil Lodair in Scots Gaelic] where on 16 April 1746, near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart [known as ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’] fought loyalist troops commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland.

The map is replete with interesting little decorative details - above the title can be seen an urn full of fruit; to the left a man with spear, a buckler [a small shield] and a dog and to the right a woman is playing a harp with a sheep at her feet while a cow features in the background. A single scale line is shown on the bottom right of the map.

John Senex was also a renowned engraver and equally famous as a publisher. He was appointed Geographer to Queen Anne and was elected to the Royal Society in 1728. This map is from 'A New General Atlas...' which was printed for David Browne in London in 1721.

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