[Dunboy Castle]

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Pictorial map of Dunboy Castle and surrounding area. The castle is located on a promontory extending into a narrow bay between Bear Island and the mainland. It consists of a tower and main hall and is encircled by walls. An additional wall defends it from the mainland. The image is enclosed within a hexagonal frame. There are traces of pencil outlining the coast.

As a result of of Sir George Carew’s successful siege of Dunboy in June 1602, the castle was reduced to ‘a very ruined state’ and was later superseded by a Cromwellian starfort. This map is a copy of part of ‘The Seige of Dunboy’ in Sir Thomas Stafford's Pacata Hibernia (1633), without the details of batteries and ships which appear in the original. The view runs approximately from west to east. A related image by Dineley (‘Dunboin Castle towards Bearhaven’), copied from the same source as this, shows Bearhaven viewed from east to west.

Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at http://webgis.archaeology.ie/NationalMonuments/FlexViewer/, record no. CO128-001002. Accessed 6.11.2014.
Cyril Falls, Elizabeth’s Irish Wars (London: Methuen, 1950).
Eric Klingelhofer, Castles and colonists: an archaeology of Elizabethan Ireland (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010).
Evelyn Philip Shirley et al., ‘Extracts from the Journal of Thomas Dineley’, The Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society, New series, vol. 5, no. 1 (1864), p. 41.

Inscribed in Image

  • Text within boundaries of image – The Haven of Beare. / part of an Island / Dunboy Castle / The Main Sea / Part of the Country of Beare.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Dunboy Castle - Castle
  • Bearhaven - Bay
  • Cork - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Bays (Bodies of water), Buildings, Castles, Harbours, Islands, Towers, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 11.7 cm x 11.4 cm
Published / created 1681
Closely related image:

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 159
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

called Missenhead or Caronhead, that which is properly the Haven is the sea which cometh between the great Island and the main or countrey called Bear or OSullevan Bears countrey. At the Entrance into the harbour it is not above the shot of a musquet over (viz) from Dunboyne castle to the great Island - Being entered the tides are slack, good anchorage and convenient places to bring ships on ground, smooth water, At low water mark it is five fadoms deep; towards the north end it groweth much larger, a league over and large enough to lett all the men of Warr of England Holland & France ride therein safe, nay I may say of the whole World.
The great Island seven miles long & the maine form ye Haven which at its south end joins with the bay of BANTRY.
When that famous Castle of Dunboyne belonging to OSulevan Beare was tenable and fitt to offend and defend, it had the command of this admirable Haven.
The Fishery here in ye Reigne of Queen Elizabeth viz anno Domini 1588 was worth to ye Lord of the Haven (afterwards Rebell) OSulevan Bear who was likewise owner of the castle Dunboyne) 500l sterling p. annum paying but small dutyes to him. The coast so abounds in Fish, that few places known exceed it. [p. 278]
Dunboy Castle