Land Surveying In Ireland 1690-1830 H/B
Ireland's rich history of manuscript and printed maps is testament to the information that earlier generations sought from the environment around them. Although we are accustomed to seeing these beautiful documents illustrate research on the early modern period, rarely has the complex story of the processes, technology, and people that led to their creation been told. Key to this tale is the role of the land surveyor, the technical specialist who physically measured and plotted Ireland's landscape, and whose work was fundamentally intertwined with wider political, economic, and social factors that shaped national identity. This book explores the profession of surveying and those who practised it between the era of repressive land forfeitures (ending 1703) and the formation of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland (1825).