Castle ny Park

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Bird's-eye pictorial plan of the starfort at Castle Park, later Jamesfort, now known as Old-fort, near Kinsale. Situated on a promontory between the Bandon River and the sea, it is composed of two towers and adjacent buildings within walls forming a citadel, surrounded by outer pentagonal embastioned walls and a ditch. In the foreground, two fragments of printed plate pasted upon the drawing represent a troop of lancers and a ship, both with touches of red colour. A simple compass rose gives the cardinal points.

This image is copied from Sir Thomas Stafford’s Pacata Hibernia (1633). The castle was constructed c. 1602-1604 to defend the haven of Kinsale. The map in Pacata Hibernia and Dineley’s rendering both reflect the lay-out of the fort with new interior garrison defences by Sir Josias Bodley c. 1610.


Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at, record no. CO112-036----. Accessed 4.1.2018.
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, Esquire’, Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society, vol. 6, 2nd series (1867), p. 194.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – Castle ny Park
  • Text within boundaries of image – River of Bandon / Park Castle / Haven / Haven / Bandon River

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Castle ny Park - Castle - i.e. Castle Park, now Old-Fort
  • Kinsale - Town or city
  • Cork - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Bays (Bodies of water), Buildings, Castles, Flags, Harbours, Men, People, Rivers, Ships, Soldiers, Towers
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 13 cm x 11.1 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. 201
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Castle ny Parke invested by the Spanyards when they took Kinsale was rendered by them to Queen Elizabth 10 Novr 1601 upon promise of their Lives onely.
Here very observable was a brave act of a private souldier for whilst the Lord Deputy Mountjoy and the serjeant major were viewing the grounds a musqueteer belonging to Sr Francis Berkleys company, in the face of the guards attempting to steal (as he had done divers times before) a Spanish Sentinel, who was seconded with 4 that he saw not, fought them all five, whereof one of them was a sergeant major, whom he had almost taken prisoner, & when he had found he could do noe good upon them all, he came off without other hurt, than ye cutting of his hand a little with the breaking of a thrust. Novr 23 1601.
This Castle ny Park was erected by the Queen Anno 1601 by her Ingineer Paul Ives for the defence of Kinsale Harbour, who also contrived Halabolin Fort. [p. 201]
Castle ny Park