Mention the word ‘Plantation’ to most people and they think of the Sitka Spruce Forestry intermittently carpeting the Offaly countryside!
However next Monday’s lecture (May 14 at 8pm), at the Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore looks at a different type of Plantation; that of King’s County in the early 1600’s.
This was a period in the county’s history when English sponsored Planters and Gaels alike put down new ‘roots’ following land confiscations by the British Crown.
Rolf Loeber of the University of Pittsburgh, USA will discuss the specific aspect of early seventeenth century plantation architecture in the Midlands and Ulster.
In particular Rolf will look at the introduction of fresh building ideas to the county in the early 1600’s and show that Planters and their Gaelic neighbours used similar architectural styles to mark their presence on the Offaly landscape; many of whom probably employed the same artisans. Rolf will also highlight that the new architecture of early seventeenth century West Offaly shared many characteristics with contemporary buildings in Ulster.
Surprisingly though the Offaly Gaels, unlike their Ulster counterparts, excelled in the adoption of these new architectural influences!