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
|Technique||Pen and ink drawings|
|Subject(s)||Antiquities and archaeological sites, Forts and fortifications, Nature, Rural life|
|Keywords(s)||Archaeological sites, Birds, Bridges, Buildings, Cabins, Castles, Churches, Firearms, Gates, Hats, Houses, Hunting, Islands, Lakes & ponds, Men, People, Ruins, Towers, Trees|
|Dimensions||12. 7 cm x 8.8 cm|
|Published / created||1681|
|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]