Castle of Athlumney, Co.y Meath
G. Beranger delin ; A.C. pinxt. 21 Oct. 1794
|Main Creator:||Cooper, Austin, 1759-1830, artist|
View of Athlumney Castle, near Navan, County Meath, Ireland, showing the two separate turreted towers of the castle in the background, with what looks like an addition in the foreground
|Format:||PRINTS & DRAWINGS|
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Another copy of this drawing by Gabriel Beranger is in the Special Collection of University College, Dublin, catalogued as Wat.14
From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles & c. & c. in Ireland, Vol. II
Image within a circular ink frame diam. 14.7 cm. Watermark u.l. on sheet is I S
Inscription on facing page probably by Austin Damer Cooper (1831-1900): Immediately approaching Navan, the river Boyne makes a bold sweep round the foot of the hill from which rise up the ruins of Athlumney Castle, built in the style of the end of the 16th century. This pile consists of a large square keep, with stone arched floors & passages rising into a tower from which is a noble view on a clear day ... its last lord, Sir Launcelot Dowdall, hearing of the issue of the battle of the Boyne, and fearing the approach of King William's victorious army, set fire to the Castle at nightfall and crossing the Boyne sat down upon its opposite bank, from whence as tradition reports, he beheld the last timber in his noble mansion crash amidst the surrounding ruins. All that remained of this Castle and Estate was forfeited in 1700.
Title inscribed in ink l.c. on sheet
Physical description: 1 drawing diam. image 14.5 cm., on sheet 18.3 x 26.7 cm.
Citations/References: Beranger's Views of Ireland / Peter Harbison. - Dublin, 1992 page 19
Citations/References: Meath Tower Houses / Fiona Galway. - R@iocht na Midhe Vol. 7 (4), 1985-1986 pages 52-56