Ross Roe Castle

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Rosroe Castle, Co. Clare. The tower house stands in front of Rosroe Lough, with buildings and trees nearby. Swans and a rowing boat with one occupant are depicted on the lake. Two castles and a ruined church are visible on the surrounding hills. These and other features are indicated by letters and named in the accompanying key.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – Ross Roe Castle
  • Text within boundaries of image – G Knocpogue castle / D Clownherne castle / E Tomenlough Church ruines / V Cragamore hills
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – K Knocnalappa (anglice) the Hills bed. being an hill whence this Prospect was taken. / T The Lough or Water.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Forts and fortifications, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Rosroe - Castle
  • Clare - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Birds, Boats, Buildings, Castles, Churches, Hats, Hills, People, Towers
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 10.8 cm x 7.2 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 183
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Ross Roe
In the County of Thomond, Barony of Tullagh, and parish of Kilmurry, part of the Estate of ye Honble the Lord Viscount Clare now in the possession of Mr Robert John Fennel, is a fair seat scituate among good Lands and Orchards, with a very pleasant and profitable large Poole or lough on the one side thereof abounding with large Trouts.
Here are also great plenty of Wilde Fowle.
About a mile and half from hence by water between the castles of Rallahine and Rathfoelane, this lough of Ross Roe runs under ground for half an english mile, being opposed by hills & rocks at last breaks out so farr off that the possessor John Colpoys Esqr a very worthy English Gentleman sayes, (as the Spanyards do of the river Avia [?]) that he feeds sheep and herds upon a Green bridge.
Cambden takes notice of one much more remarkeable than this of the river Mole in Surrey undermineing for severall miles together
There is also another Green-bridge in Wales, the river undermineing the Earth disembogues it self into the sea; there some give out that they have put in a living Goose into the place where the water falls and that she hath swam out at the other end, but with loss of all its feathers.
This stream of Ross Roe Lough at its riseing again from Mr Colpoys his Green bridge turnes a mill belonging to John Cooper Esqr. [p. 182]
Ross Roe Castle