View of the south-east façade of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick. The belfry is on the left-hand side of the image. The nave, southern transept and chancel, with an entrance and an array of large glass windows, occupy almost the whole width of the drawing. There is a troop of soldiers with lances and a flag in the foreground; this group consists of a hand-coloured fragment of plate pasted upon the drawing. The gable ends of two buildings are visible in the foreground, to the left. The drawing is surrounded by an oval border, with the top of the belfry and the bottom right corner of the troop of soldiers extending a little beyond the frame.
Inscribed in Image
|Technique||Collages, Engravings, Pen and ink drawings|
|Subject(s)||Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Cities and towns|
|Keywords(s)||Archaeological sites, Armour, Buildings, Churches, Doors & Doorways, Flags, Houses, Men, People, Soldiers, Steeples, Towers, Windows|
|Dimensions||7.9 cm x 6.2 cm|
|Published / created||1681|
|Travel Account||Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland|
|Print or manuscript||Manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||p. 131|
|Source copy||National Library of Ireland MS 392|
|Rights||Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland|
Related text from travel account
|St Mary’s The mother’s Church is the fairest with a large high square steeple containing 6 tuneable Bells founded lately by one Mr Perdue; the chiefest contributer towards the charge of them was Mr William York anno 1677. both whose Inscriptions on their monuments are read in this Church, amongst others, the chiefest whereof are that of Donagh O Brien Earle of Thomond and the Sepulture and Monument of the Bishops of Limerick opposite to the former which see page [blank].
In St Marys on the Pavement & right side of the Altar, almost underneath the baliasters and neer the Earle of Thomonds Monument is read this Inscripcon [tilde on con] in this Character.
Hic jacet magister Anrdrea
Creagh quondam istius ecclesie
Without ye Quire in the body of the Church, adjoining to the foot of the back of the Deans seat upon a Tomb is read this Gingle upon the name of him who cast the Bells of this Church in Roman Capitalls thus
Here a Bell founder, honest and true
Untill the Resurrection lies purdue
WILLIAM PURDUE OBIIT X IIIo
Xbris Ao Dini. MDC LXXIII.
A little lower than this upon the Grave stone of one sayd to be a person skilled in the Laws, is such a parcell of Irish Witt and [p. 131] Learning that I could not omitt it. It is in a sort of Roman Capitall letters. as followeth
[image: St Mary’s of Limerick]
JOHNE STRETCHE: ALDERMANE: THIRD: SONE: TOO: BARTHOLMEWE: THIS: MONUMENTE MADE IN: FEBRARY: MOST: TRUE: WHERE: HEE: ANDE: HIS: HIS: HEYRES: MALES: RESIGHT. THEYRE: MORTALLE BONS. TYLL: CHRYSTE: DO: COME: TOO: JUDGGE: ALLE MANS: ATTE ONS.
In the Chapter house of this Church of St Maries almost opposite to the entrance on the right hand is an ancient fair Inscripcon in the wall of so difficult a Character, as it hath pussled some antiquaries, as I was inform’d by the Verger who introduced them, all that I could make out were these 3 or 4 words & the Date
hic iace ……………… Galfrid’ art … Ano dm M’ V’ XIX’
This Inscripcon is eight or seven lines. The date is One Thousand five hundred and nineteen. [pp. 129-131]