Territory of Minterburn, in the county of Tyrone

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1609-07-24 – Extract of Sir Josias Bodley's plantation map, depicting the territory of Munterbirne—not the original, but part of a zincographed copy produced by the Ordnance Survey Office in Southampton:
(see notes beneath the map)

muinterbirne bodley map 1609

Territory of Munterbirne, in Part of Ye Baronie of Donganon.
Source: Bodley, Sir Josias. Maps of the Escheated Counties (1609).
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Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. T1652/11,  https://www.flickr.com/photos/proni (accessed 2017-04-05).

Notes –

  • The map of the southern half of the barony Dungannon—from which the small portion depicting Munterbirne above was extracted—corresponds with Plate no. IX in J.H. Andrews' numbering system, as discussed in his journal article, "The Maps in the Escheated Counties of Ulster, 1609–10." In the production of the copies, some errors and omissions were made by the tracer, "especially noticeable where the detail of the originals had been obscured by the imposition of colour."
  • As to the comparability between the Bodley map and the modern OS map, Andrews said, "In some areas, it is true, there is a general correspondence between the seventeenth-century pattern and that of the present day, but it is difficult to find as many as a dozen contiguous townlands where the coincidence is absolute and there are many areas of considerable extent where both names and boundaries are different." In spite of this limitation, Andrews cited Map nos. VIII and IX for the northern and southern portions barony of Dungannon, respectively (the map of Munterbirne above is an extract from no. IX) as "one of only three pairs of maps where common boundaries fit even tolerably well together, and in the first two of these cases (i.e., nos. VIII and IX) the closeness of the fit would seem to be due to the subdivision of a barony that had first been plotted as a whole and then found too large to suit the page-size of the atlas." From a system developed by Prof. Waldo R. Tobler, the degree of agreement between escheated county map no. IX and the one-inch Ordnance Survey map was assessed at 90.2%—the fourth highest score in the twenty-eight maps assessed. [1]

Link to blog article – The ancient parish of Aghallow, and the territories of Muinterbirne and Largie.

Sources and notes:


Andrews, J.H. "The Maps in the Escheated Counties of Ulster, 1609–10." Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Section C: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature. Vol. LXXIV (1974), pp. 133–170.

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