Carrickfergus Castle

Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman), [firm of] Mould & Tod (Engraver)

View of Carrickfergus Castle, with boats in the foreground and Carrickfergus village in the background.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J. H. Burgess. Eng[rave]d by Mould & Tod Edin[bu]r[g]. Published by Marcus Ward. 6. Corn Market. Belfast
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Carrickfergus Castle. County Antrim.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Carrickfergus Castle, Co. Antrim - Castle
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Beaches, Boats, Castles, Cliffs, Fishing, Harbours, Horses, People, Seas
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.5 cm x 23 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Illustrations of the North of Ireland
Note Drawn by James Howard Burgess. Engraved by Mould & Tod, Edinburgh
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 23
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

THE annexed view of CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE, is taken from the point of an artificial quay of modern date, and which affords excellent accommodation to the shipping connected with the port. The Castle itself, is one of the most ancient, and most perfect in Ireland, and for centuries, has held a prominent place in the annals of the country. It stands on a rock that projects into the sea, and is surrounded by it on three sides. Facing the town, (which is neat and clean, and contains many good buildings, particularly the extensive Establishment of S.D. STUART, Esq.) are two towers, called from their shape, the half-moons, and between them is the only entrance, which is defended by a strait passage, portcullis, and embrasures for fire arms. About the centre of this passage, was formerly a draw-bridge, –part of the barbican still remains. Within the gates is a fortified enclosure; the walls of the keep are about 90 feet high, and 9 feet thick, and being used as Government depot, for various kinds of arms, is worthy of inspection. From the top of the keep, is a most delightful view of the town, neighbourhood, the bay and distant mountains, and is well worthy of attention. The town of Carrickfergus derives further importance from its being the Assize town for County Antrim, which is held twice each year. The old church of St. Nicholas is also an interesting structure, and abounds with monuments; it is in good repair, though supposed to have been erected so far back as the 12th century. Carrickfergus is 8 Miles from Belfast, and 9 from Larne. [p. 22]
Carrickfergus Castle