The Prospect of Scattery Island from Cappouh Hill

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Inis Cathaigh or Scattery Island in the Shannon estuary. A round tower and monastic ruins can be seen on the island. The foreground is largly occupied by the outline of Cappouh [Cappagh] hill. There is a mountain in the background, on the left, and the estuary of the Shannon is on the right. Several fragments of printed plate are pasted upon the drawing; they represent four trees and a horseman on the hill in the foreground, a tree on the right-hand bank of the Shannon and two boats on the river. Salient features of the landscape are marked by letters and identified in the accompanying index. The illustration overflows its oval frame on both sides.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – The Prospect of Scattery Island from Cappouh Hill between Kilrush & it.
  • Text within boundaries of image – Shannon / Shannons mouth 6 miles off Loops head / Shannon / Kilrush Creeke
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – Q Knockannore in the county of Kerry / P Carrigoholt belonging to my Lord of Clare / O Queren a neat box belonging to Mr Abraham Vanhogarden who built it. / R Ennis Bigg or Hog Island / a Custome house boat / T Kilcardane poynt / V Knock Ray hill

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Inis Cathaigh or Scattery Island - Island
  • Clare - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Bays (Bodies of water), Birds, Buildings, Churches, Islands, Mountains, Rivers, Round towers, Ruins, Seas, Ships, Towers, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 13 cm x 7 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. 197
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Loops head is a Promontory belonging to ye Honble the Lord Viscount Clare not farr off the mouth of the Shannon a stone whereon if any one turnes round upon the heele, and thinks on any other of either sex for an husband or wife are sayd never to faile of their thought, on this seveall have wrote and engraven their names, but none ever ventur’d to make the turne, the stone being so dangerous an eminence over the water that ‘tis thought impossible.
KILRUSH is a town in ye county of Clare, belonging to the right Honble. Henry Earle of Thomond at this time 1680 in the tenure of Major Granniere opposite with a league & half of river between to the Castle of Carigofoile in the county of Kerry. hither 28 July 1601 from Limerick marched the president of Mounster Carew agst the Rebells of Kerry with 1050 Foot of Qu. Eliz souldiers 75 horse he being forc’d to take his way through ye county of Clare, the mountain of Sleuglogher by reason of the rain being unpassable for carriages. The honour of this dispatch is worthily attributed to the then Earle of Thomond who provided Boats. [p. 197]
The Prospect of Scattery Island from Cappouh Hill