Topographia Hibernica, Or The Topography of Ireland, Ancient and Modern: Giving a Complete View of the Civil and Ecclesiastical State of that Kingdom ...

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Alexander Stewart, 1797 - Ireland - 30 pages
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Page 100 - ... feet thick. It had a parapet, crenelles, and embrasures. The lower ballium is 312 feet from north to south, and 160 from east to west. You then arrive at the gate of the upper ballium, which is placed in a tower; and from this begin the walls which...
Page 27 - ... for which he was resolved to be revenged. The officer, suspecting no deceit, went with the letter, which greatly amazed the governor...
Page 27 - In less than a quarter of a mile, the road passing through the wood leads to another point of view to the right. It is the crown of a vast projecting rock, from which you look down a precipice absolutely perpendicular, and many hundred feet deep, upon the torrent at the bottom, which finds its noisy way over large fragments of rock. The point of view is a great projection of the mountain on this...
Page 178 - At 15 feet from the ground is a window with a regular arch, and at an equal height is another window with a pointed arch. If...
Page 27 - ... his command, made a garrison of his castle, where, being long pressed by Cromwell's forces, he escaped in the night with all his men, and got into Minard castle, in which, being quickly beset by the colonels Lehunt and Sadler, after some time spent, the English observing that the besieged made use of pewter bullets, he and his men were blown up by powder, laid under the vaults of the castle." 1 We gather from an interesting Legend of Castle-Gregory, published in the " Dublin University Magazine...
Page 178 - Leinfter, 13 miles from the metropolis, t is a pretty large fiihing town, and well fituated for carrying on its bufinefs to advantage. The ling cured here, and which is exported in great quantities to foreign countries, has long been celebrated for its fuperior flavour.
Page 134 - tis situated on the Top of a fine green Hill, and overlooks all that part of the Country. The People that live near it have a tradition that here was held the first Parliament in Ireland, but there are other Accounts, and not without as good Foundation, that make the first Meeting of an Irish Parliament in the adjacent County of Meath. There is a Tumulus or Barrow, in this Camp, which probably is...
Page 178 - A mile from its extremity is an ancient castle of the Lords of Kinsale, built from one side of the isthmus to the other, which defended all the lands towards the head. This place was formerly called Duncearma, and was the old seat of the Irish kings.
Page 178 - Ireland, particularly thofe erected from the beginning of the eighth to the clofe of the eleventh century, are in a different ftile of architecture from any at this day to be found either in Britain or the weftern part"s of Europe ; and are evidently built in imitation of the original chriftian churches, in the fouthern countries, taken from the ancient heathen temples of the Greeks and Romans; and probably were introduced into this ifland by the Greek and Roman clergy who retired from their native...
Page 178 - ... inches in width, and six feet from the present level of the ground ; it is arched, and built of freestone, as are also the windows of the chapels ; the diameter of the tower on the inside is nine feet, and above the door it is divided into five stories by rings of stone slightly projecting.

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