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The Desmond Survey

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John A. Murphy

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This online edition is based on galley proofs (originally intended for print publication by the Irish Manuscripts Commission) prepared by Professor John A. Murphy. Additional editorial work and preparation of the text for online publication was completed by Emer Purcell. 121 galley proofs were scanned and proofed. Professor Murphy's editorial corrections were then integrated into the text. The footnotes were added and markup and structural analysis were completed. For reference purposes only page numbers were then inserted even though they were not present in the galley proofs. At present, the maps from the Petworth MS, Petworth House Archive, West Sussex Record Office, have been included in this online edition. CELT is grateful Lord Egremont for his kind permission to reproduce these maps.


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  1. Carew Manuscript 625, Lambeth Palace Library [Manuscript used in this edition. See Introduction for detailed discussion].
  2. Petworth Manscript, Petworth House Archive, West Sussex Record Office.
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  2. M. 2759. P.R.O.I. (National Archives)Transcript of folios 122-143d of Peyton's Survey made by Tenison Groves.
  3. M. 5038. P.R.O.I. (National Archives) Co. Limerick portion of the Desmond Survey of 1856.
  4. M. 5037. P.R.O.I. (National Archives) Co. Kerry portion of Desmond Survey. Not included in this edition.
  5. Fragment of original Desmond Survey survives in form of two page Latin transcipt. Preserved in the P.R.O.I. (National Archives) Copy also in library of the Royal Society of the Antiquaries of Ireland.
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    General Reading list
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  15. Henry A. Jefferies, 'Desmond: the early years & the career of Cormac Mac Carthy', J Cork Hist Archaeol Soc, 88 (1983) 81-99.
  16. Henry A. Jefferies, 'Desmond before the Norman invasion: a political study', J Cork Hist Archaeol Soc, 89 (1984) 12-32.
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  19. Hiram Morgan, Political ideology in Ireland, 1541-1641 (Dublin, 1999).
  20. Paul MacCotter, 'The cantreds of Desmond', J Cork Hist Archaeol Soc, 105 (2000) 49-68.
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  23. Anthony M. McCormack, 'The social and economic consequences of the Desmond rebellion of 1579-83' Irish Historical Studies, 133 (2004) 1-15.
  24. Anthony M. McCormack, The Earldom of Desmond, 1463-1583: the decline and crisis of a feudal lordship (Dublin, 2005).
  25. David Edwards, Pádraig Lenihan & Clodagh Tait, (eds), Age of atrocity: violence and political conflict in early modern Ireland (Dublin, 2007).
  26. Paul MacCotter, Medieval Ireland: territorial, political and economic divisions (Dublin, 2008).
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. The Desmond Survey. John A. Murphy (ed), Unpublished ()


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Created: By one or more unknown authors. Date range: 1580-1600.

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Language: [EN] The text is in English.
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