Chorographical Description of the County of West-Meath
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Chorography is the art of mapping or describing a particular county, region or province. Sir Henry Piers tells us that he composed his chorographical de-scrimption of Westmeath in 1982 at the behest of Anthony Dopping the learned Lord Bishop of Meath. It is therefore an extremely valuable work which gives us one of the very few glimpses we have of the landscape and life of the people of the midlands of Ireland in the 17th century.
This Chorographical Description was first published by Major Charles Vallancy, the 18th century antiquarian in 1770, in Collectanea de Rebus Hibernica’s, a collection of Things Irish. To Piers original work Vallancey appended the map based on Petty’s County map but with roads and canals of the 18th century added. Meath Archaeological and Historical Society have added to this reprint an index of place-named and twelve sketches by David Foster.