Grey Abbey

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

View of the ruins of Grey Abbey.

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 – Grey Abbey. County Down

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture
Geographical Location
  • Grey Abbey - Named locality
  • Down - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Churches, Ruins
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. 79
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

NEAR to the Town of GREY ABBEY, (which is six miles distant from NEWTONARDS, and fourteen from BRLFAST [)], stands the remains of this picturesque and beautiful Ruin, so often a subject for the Artist’s pencil. But a small portion of the ancient Abbey exists, though there is still sufficient remaining, to show that it was once of great extent, and abundant in architectural decorations. It is said to have been founded about the close of the 12th Centiry by AFRICA, the Daughter of Godrod, King of Man, and wife of John de Courey, – a recumbent monumental figure of grey freestone, which is placed under an arch, is said to be that of the foundress. Many of the Windows remain in a tolerably perfect state, and are of the tall lancet shape, and form a fine contrast to the heavy masses of ivy on the walls, while many fine old trees add the varied beauty of their foliage to other charms of this exquisite spot. There are few excursions from BELFAST, which would so well repay the Tourist, as a visit to GREY ABBEY. The highly cultivated country through which the road passes, – the objects of historical and antiquarian interests, the flourishing Town of NEWTONARDS, with its remains, characteristic of the times of James I. – the beautiful drive along the Shore of LOUGH STRANGFORD, with its numerous Islands, on the one hand, and the splendid demesne of the Marquis of LONDONDERRY, with its elegant Entrance Gate, on the other, – and lastly, the fine Old Abbey, all unite in forming one of the most delightful Pleasure Trips in the North of Ireland. [p. 78]
Grey Abbey