Dunluce Castle, County Antrim. [Ireland Picturesque and Romantic]

Artist(s) : Thomas Creswick (Draughtsman), Robert William Wallis (Engraver)

View of Dunluce Castle from the mainland. The castle, set on jagged cliffs, looms high above a stormy sea.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – T. Creswick. / R. Wallis.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Dunluce Castle, County Antrim.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – London. Published 1837, for the Proprietor, by Longman & Co. Paternoster Row.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications, Marines
Geographical Location
  • Dunluce Castle - Castle
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Birds, Castles, Cliffs, Islands, Ruins, Seas, Towers
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 10.8 cm x 13 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy Vol. II, facing p. 139
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 r 15
Alternative source

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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

From Bushmills to Coleraine I found little to look at, except the ruins of Dunluce castle. An excellent idea of this hoary pile is conveyed in the accompanying engraving; and I am not sure that it will be much worth the traveller's while to inquire into it more in detail. The effect of the picture is seen as well from the road as anywhere else, and its sole value consists in effect, A rock in the sea divided by a deep, but narrow, chasm from the land, crested with mouldering walls, black and shattered, but still grim in their decay — such is Dunluce castle. In the interior, a vaulted closet is pointed out called the Banshee's Tower; and the place is seen where, one stormy day, a portion // of the building fell into the boiling deep below. Nine persons lost their lives by this catastrophe. The first possessor of the castle known in history was an Irish chief called Mac Quillan; from whom it was wrested by the Scottish Mac Donnells, earls of Antrim. Subsequently it was captured, and recaptured, many times. In 1584 it was thought necessary to bring six pieces of artillery against it; which were used as little as possible that the walls might not be injured. In the following year, the manner of its capture shows the jealous distinctions that were kept up between the English and Irish, and the necessity which existed for them. Sir John Perrot placed in the castle, as ward or constable, a man on whom he could depend, being, as he supposed, of the English Pale. The constable, however, although a man of honour, was a Carew of the north; and being naturally more inclined to the society of his own countrymen and kindred than to that of strangers, he gradually changed the English into a native garrison. Two of the new comers turned traitors. They hoisted up, by means of ropes, one dark night, fifty of the enemy's soldiers and surprised the castle. They offered the constable his life, and a safe convoy wherever he chose; but bitterly cursing his own folly and their ingratitude, the gallant Carew resisted to the last, and died sword in hand. [Vol. II, p. 139-140]
Dunluce Castle, County Antrim. [Ireland Picturesque and Romantic]