Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland. Being a Collection of Several Monuments Inscriptions draughts of Towns Castles &c.

Print or Manuscript Manuscript
Genre Travel journal
Description of Travel Account Historical and antiquarian account composed by Thomas Dineley or Dingley in 1680-1681, during and after a stay of over a year in Ireland. It includes the author’s observations on the history of the country and very detailed descriptions of monuments, with numerous pen-and-ink illustrations, some with touches of colour. The areas covered are Dublin and counties Carlow, Wicklow, Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Clare and Cork. It has been remarked that there is a concentration on properties connected with the earls of Thomond (Shirley).

By the eighteenth century, Dineley’s Irish volume, along with three of the four others he left, were in the possession of the Winningtons of Stanford Court, Worcester. In the mid-nineteenth century, their then owner, Sir Thomas Winnington, was not aware of how they had come into the family’s possession. The Irish volume was acquired by the National Library of Ireland in the twentieth century.

Extensive extracts from Dineley's Irish journal, edited by Evelyn Philip Shirley, with notes by several others, were published in the Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society. They were supplemented by F.E. Ball in 1913.

To a large extent, Dineley’s views on Ireland reflect the sources he used, notably such Anglo-Irish chronicles as Edmund Borlase’s The reduction of Ireland to the crown of England (1675) and Sir Thomas Stafford's Pacata Hibernia (1633); some of his images and text are copied from the latter work. His concentration on funerary monuments, epitaphs and armorial bearings is in keeping with a humanist historiographical tradition of antiquarianism developed in fifteenth-century Italy by Flavio Biondo et alii and later applied in Britain by John Leland, William Camden, William Dugdale and others.

The present database contains 107 images from Dineley’s Irish travelogue, courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. A small number of sketches, principally of tombs and armorials, have been omitted.

F.E. Ball (ed.), ‘Extracts from the journal of Thomas Dineley, or Dingley, Esquire’, Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society, 43 (1913), 275–309.
Hugh Clifton, ‘In and around Carlow, 1681. With a copy of a page of Dineley's Journal relating to Carlow’, Carloviana: journal of the Old Carlow Society, vol. I, Ser. New, no. 11 (December 1962), 16-19.
Evelyn Philip Shirley, et al. (eds), ‘Extracts from the Journal of Thomas Dineley, Esquire’, Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society, 4 (1856-57), 143-146, 170-188; 5 (1858-59), 22-32, 55-56; 7 (1862-63), 38-52, 103-109, 320-338; 8 (1864-66), 40-48, 268-290, 425-446; 9 (1867), 73-79, 176-204.
Language English
Location of Master Copy and Shelfmark National Library of Ireland : MS 392
Published/Created 1681
Number of Pages 328