This exhibition showcases images from Irish and world maps and atlases published in the three centuries after the year 1536, drawn from the collections of Marsh’s Library and the Armagh Robinson Library.

We begin with some Irish towns and localities, before turning to maps of the island of Ireland. We then examine the cartography of our nearest neighbour as well as Europe and the wider world. We finish with maps (sometimes fanciful!) of the ancient world.

Click the images below to view the maps within each of the six themes.

Also see the items arranged as a Timeline or by host institution: Marsh’s Library, Dublin or the Armagh Robinson Library.

The images on this site are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

A map of Derry
Irish Localities
The Island of Ireland
Wells thumbnail.jpg
Britain and its World
R1.2.23 Europe Coloured.jpg
European Expansion
Blaeu Africa.jpg
The Dutch Golden Age
World Map
Mapping the Past
Marsh's Library Holdings
Armagh Robinson Library Holdings

These images are a tiny percentage of the maps and plans in the collections of the Armagh Robinson Library and Marsh’s Library.


Curated by Dr Annaleigh Margey, Dundalk Institute of Technology;
Dr Jason McElligott, Director and Dr Sue Hemmens, Deputy Director, Marsh’s Library;
with the collaboration of Armagh Robinson Library.

Funded by the North-South Co-Operation Fund of the
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

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