[Cromlech et plan, Ballyhattan]

Artist(s) : Charles-Étienne Coquebert de Montbret (Draughtsman)

Sketch of a megalithic tomb and its ground plan. Formerly in the townland of Ballyhattan, this monument no longer survives.

The original sketch, of which this is a copy, was made by John Brownrigg in 1786, and may have been acquired by William Burton Conyngham. It is now lost, but another copy, probably made c.1794, is to be found in the National Library of Ireland, in the collection assembled by Austin Cooper.

Peter Harbison, 'Three Midland Megaliths as drawn and described in 1786 by J. Brownrigg, Surveyor', in Helen Roche et al. (eds), From Megaliths to Metals: Essays in honour of George Eogan (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2004), pp. 246-253.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites
Geographical Location
  • Ballyhattan - Townland
  • Westmeath - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1790

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Carnets de voyage
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy NAF 20100, f. 18r
Source copy Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits NAF 20098-20100
Rights Bibliothèque nationale de France

Related text from travel account

Cromlech comté de Westmeath sur la terre de Bally hatton [Ballyhattan] vis à vis le Green de Donore Geoghegan dont il est séparé par une petite rivière.
[Dessins: Cromlech et plan]
Un vieux chaudronnier dans le pays dit à M. Brownrigg que dans les temps anciens c’était le tribunal d’un juge. On trouve des squelettes auprès, entr’autres un debout en terre qui avait un pavé bien fait autour de son col. de sorte qu’on peut supposer que c’était un criminel qu’on a fait mourir dans cette position, la tête hors de terre. Cette partie du comté a été pendant des siècles hors du Pale et la dernière soumise aux Anglais. La ville de Kildare est fort ancienne. [NAF 20100, f. 18r]

Cromlech, Co. Westmeath, in the townland of Bally hatton [Ballyhattan] opposite the Green of Donore Geoghegan, from which is is separated by a little river.
[Images: Cromlech and plan]
An aged blacksmith from those parts told M. Brownrigg that in ancent times it was a judge’s tribunal. Skeletons are found nearby, among them one erect in the ground with a pavement formed round the neck of it, from which one may conjecture that this was a criminal executed in this position, with his head above ground. This part of the county remained outside the Pale for some centuries and was the last to submit to the English. The town of Kildare is very ancient.
Cromlech et plan, Ballyhattan