Thomas Dineley

Died 1695
Place of Death Louvain, Flanders
Gender Male
Biographical Notes Thomas Dineley or Dingley (c. 1640-1695), who himself used both spellings of his name but more frequently Dingley, was the son and heir of Thomas Dineley or Dingley (1618/1619-1660), controller of customs in Southampton. He attended the school kept by the playwright James Shirley in Whitefriars, London, and studied at Gray’s Inn from 1670-1671, before joining the household of Sir George Downing, an Anglo-Irish one-time preacher, turned soldier, then diplomat and, reputedly, spy.
In addition to visiting and describing the region surrounding his residence in Herefordshire, Dineley travelled extensively abroad, firstly in the Low Countries with Downing (1674), then in France (1675), Ireland (1680-1681) and Wales (1684), where he accompanied Henry Somerset, 1st duke of Beaufort, in his official progress through the principality. His visit to Ireland ‘was possibly undertaken in a military capacity’ (ODNB), though there is little to substantiate this. It has been suggested that he ‘perambulated’ there in the company of James Butler, later 2nd Duke of Ormonde (Barnard 2000, p.173). It seems likely that he arrived first in Dublin and left from Youghal, having visited counties Carlow, Wicklow, Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Clare and Cork during a stay of more than a year.
In his travels, Dineley kept accounts of the geography, antiquities, inscriptions, peoples and customs of the regions he visited, and made numerous pen-and-ink drawings. These observations remained in manuscript form during his lifetime, However, by the early eighteenth century his English observations were known to historians.
Little is known of Dineley’s personal life. His origins in Southampton are firmly established, as is his connection to the Hoptons of Cherbury: through the sister of his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Hopton of Hopton-in-le-Hole, Shropshire, he was a grand-nephew of Sir Richard Hopton of Cherbury, and inherited property through that line (Nichols 1867). However, his choice of Dilwyn, Herefordshire, as his residence suggests that he may have maintained a connection with the Worcestershire branch of the Dineley family, whose seat was at Charleton, Pershore. He is not believed to have married. He died in Louvain, Flanders, in 1695, leaving his estate to his niece, Eliza Melling.

Sources:
F.E. Ball (ed.), ‘Extracts from the journal of Thomas Dineley, or Dingley, Esquire’, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland , 43 (1913), 275–309.
Toby C. Barnard, ‘Aristocratic values in the careers of the Dukes of Ormonde’, in The Dukes of Ormonde, 1610-1745, ed. Toby C. Barnard and Jane Fenlon (Boydell & Brewer, 2000), 161-176..
John Gough Nichols, ‘Introduction’, in Thomas Dingley, History from marble (London: Camden Society, 1867).
C.J. Robinson, revised by Nicholas Doggett, ‘Dineley [Dingley], Thomas’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2008), online, https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/7678. Accessed 7.1.2018.
Evelyn Philip Shirley, et al. (eds), ‘Extracts from the Journal of Thomas Dineley, Esquire’, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries, 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.

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Travel Account(s)


Images

St Patricks Church in Dublin (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Floor slab of Archbishop Richard Talbot (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Christ’s Church (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

A Rings-End Coach (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Tomb of Viscount Tarragh in St James Church, Dublin (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Tolsel or New Exchange of Dublin. (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Conduit (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

University of Dublin (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Sepulchral Monument of Chaloner (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Carlow Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Cloghgrenan Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Staplestown (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ballynunnery Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Byrnes monument in Tullagh Church Yard (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Tullagh Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Castle & the Garrison of Catherlaugh (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ballenderry (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Silver Mines (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ruines of Abby Ony (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Barry monument, Abbey of Woney (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Sepulchral monument of Edmund Walsh, Abbey of Woney (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ryan family monument, Abbey of Woney (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ballynclogh (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Grain Church (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Miltown Abbey Ruines (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Monument in Miltown Abbey (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Imolachum or Emly (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Monument in Emly Cathedral (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Monument of Maurice Hurley (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Thomond Bridge and King John's Castle, Limerick (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Citty of Limerick (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

St Mary’s of Limerick (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Monument of Elizabeth Hartstongue (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

St Johns Limerick (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Two monuments in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Mount Ivers Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The South-East Prospect of Ballicar Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Clare Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Dunboy Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Askeiton Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Cahir or Caher Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ballyclogh castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Rallahine Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Blazing Starr (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Halebolin Fort (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ross Roe Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Ruines of Quin-Abby (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Sepulchral monuments in Quin Abbey (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Clonrond Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Castle of Mang (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ruines of the Abby of Clare (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Donogoroge Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Glyn Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Prospect of Scattery Island from Cappouh Hill (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ballykitt (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Castle ny Park (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Kilkenny Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Fountain in Kilkenny Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Lough Gurr Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Ballinegarde Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Carigkenlish (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Monuments in Carigkenlish Church (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Craig Owhny Castle in the County of Tipperary (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Knockannaneen Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Knockannaneen Castle alternative view (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

O Briens Bridg-Town (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Monument in Sevington Church (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Formoy bridge over the Black-water (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Youghalls Exchange & Key (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Yoghall (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Colledge (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Iron Gate of Youghall (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

St Mary’s Church in Youghall (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Prospect of Youghall from Cork road (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Monument in St Mary’s Church, Youghal (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Boyle monument in St Mary’s Church, Youghal (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Carrigfoyl Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Plan of his Majesties Castle of Limerick (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Silver coin from Scotland (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Milking a cow (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

A pheasant (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Copper coin (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Dunboin Castle towards Bearhaven (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Seal of the Irish Catholic Confederation (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Harbour of Kinsale (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Plan of Dublin (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Mill (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Coat of Arms of Mr Hugh Percivall (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Bunratty Castle South Side (Author of travel text)

Hunting lodge near Ballinderry (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)