An E: View of Moret Castle, Queen's Co.y

A.C. delint. 15th May 1781 ; Pinxt. 8th July
Main Creator: Cooper, Austin, 1759-1830, artist
Summary:View from the east of the tower-house castle of Morett in Co. Laois, Ireland, showing the four-storeyed, gabled building with corner machicolation and chimney stacks with diamond-shaped cross-section suggesting a date early in the 17th century. Only a portion of the nearest corner survived down to the twentieth century
Published / Created: Painted 8th July, 1781 after his original drawing on May 15th, 1781
Notes:From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles & c. & c. in Ireland, Vol. I

Title inscribed in ink l.c. on sheet under image

The lettering of the watermark on sheet is not sufficiently visible to make it recognisable

Drawn by Austin Cooper perhaps when he was touring the country gathering money from area tax collectors, or a Paymaster to the Civil and Military Establishments. Cooper visited this castle on May 15th, 1781, as part of a journey to Munster, and in his diary (now NLI Ms Acc. Munster 1781, page 5 and published also in Liam Price's book, page 13) he wrote: 'The Castle of Moret - Queen's Coy. - is 36 ft 6 ins. by 49 ft. It does not seem to be very ancient, as the work is quite fresh & altogether it has a modern Appearance. The inside is quite black, as if it had been burned & without any Stairs. From some little Banks & c remaining I imagine it to have been surrounded by a Fosse &c. The wall is 4 ft 8 ins. It is said to have been built by the Fitzgerald's'

Physical description: 1 drawing image 10.2 x 11.8 cm., on sheet 18.1 x 26.5 cm.

Citations/References: An eighteenth century antiquary : the sketches, notes and diaries of Austin Cooper (1759-1830) / Liam Price (ed.). - Dublin, 1942 page 13

Citations/References: The History and Antiquities of the Queen's County, Barony of Portnahinch / Lord Walter Fitzgerald - Journal Co. Kildare Archaelogical Society IV (4), 1904 pages 291-292

Citations/References: Archaeological Inventory of County Laois (Dublin 1995) / P. David Sweetman, Olive Alcock and Bernie Moran pages 115-116, No. 963

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