New book on Offaly plantation published

Damian Moran

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A new book on the the Jacobean plantations in seventeenth-century Offaly has been published.

A new book on the the Jacobean plantations in seventeenth-century Offaly has been published.

‘The Jacobean plantations in seventeenth-century Offaly: an archaeology of a changing World’ by Dr James Lyttleton is being published by Four Courts Press.

This stunning book, in large format with full-colour illustrations, focuses on a number of native Irish lordships in west and south Offaly, namely Éile Uí Chearbhaill, Delbhna Eathra, Fir Cheall and Muintir Thadhgáin, which were fundamentally transformed by the imposition of plantation schemes there in 1619–20 and their impact on Modern Offaly.

The assimilation of the Gaelic Irish lordships into the British state marks the end of medieval Ireland and the beginning of a society more recognizable to modern eyes.

A number of native Irish Lordships in west and south Offaly, namely Éile Uí Chearbhaill, Delbhna Eathra, Fir Cheall and Muintir Thadhgáin, were fundamentally transformed by the imposition of plantation schemes there in 1619–20.

This book highlights the importance of regionality in the archaeological study of early modern Ireland, detailing the impact of colonization on local communities as well as the changes wrought by the great cultural movements of the time, namely the Reformation, Counter-Reformation and the Renaissance.

By re-appraising the various categories of secular and non-secular buildings, such as tower houses, fortified manor houses, farmsteads and churches, this book goes beyond morphological concerns and explores the extent to which individuals influenced their own social, economic and cultural positions in society, and how the physical and mental worlds of the native and settler communities were challenged and transformed by encounters with the other.

James Lyttleton is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Archaeology at UCC.