Lough Gurr Castle

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Bourchier’s Castle by Lough Gur, Co. Limerick. A gated causeway and a bridge connect the island, or peninsula, to the mainland. The castle consists of a tower house with adjacent buildings, backed by a prominent hill. Further buildings are visible in the hilly landscape surrounding the lake. There are ducks and swans on the water, and a man with a long-barrelled gun is kneeling in the foreground, on the right, aiming at some waterfowl. Several features of the view are identified by letters and an accompanying key.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – Lough Gurr Castle
  • Text within boundaries of image – Lough / Lough / From this Hill the Prospect was took
  • Text outside of boundaries of image –
    A The Castle. S The Ruines of Black Castle
    T The Gate house V The Long bridge th Draw bridges
    R The New Church. D Carrickmore Hill.
    C Racannon. a Drummon Q Stableing
    E Barnes. P The Pigeon house
    F Knock Fennel.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Forts and fortifications, Nature, Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Lough Gur Castle - Castle
  • Limerick - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Birds, Bridges, Buildings, Cabins, Castles, Churches, Firearms, Gates, Hats, Houses, Hunting, Islands, Lakes & ponds, Men, People, Ruins, Towers, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 12. 7 cm x 8.8 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. 205
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Lough-Gurr a fair Castle in the Tenure of John Baily Esqr. It belonged to the Countesse Dowager of Bathe, who built the sayd new Church for the use of the protestants, and bestow’d a Rich Pulpitt Cloth [marginal note: ‘Silver chalice Plate, Bible & Service book.’] It now belongs to Sr Henry Vane or Fane part of his Estate.
The sayd Countess was Dowager of Henry Bourchier Earle of Bathe.
This Castle during the time of the Irish Rebellion was alwayes a Garrison for one [p. 186] side or other, beside being in an Island of above a mile in Circumference encompassed with a large and Deep Lough or Poole It was a receptacle not onely for man but beast to Defend from the enemy.
Lough Gurr is seven miles from Limerick.
The Lough or large mote which encompasseth this Island and Castle aboundeth in Fishes Pike Eeles, but Roches in vast quantity, Mr Henry Bayly son to the sd Jn Bayly told me of a prodigious Pike there lately taken of 4 foot & half in length, with one in its belly of above two foot long.
In the Castle are seen these Armes [image of coat of arms, with description and information re the Bourchiers] [pp. 205-206]
Lough Gurr Castle