A LOCAL historical society has gathered together a treasure trove of ancient maps of the Dungannon District depicting forgotten townlands and the demise of the old Gaelic order.
Now it is inviting members of the public to take an historical road trip into the medieval hinterlands of Tyrone.
The colourful collection gathered by a member of Killeeshil and Clonaneese Historical Society contains maps dating back to medieval times as well as land registry charts listing the names of local tenants from before Cromwell.
The highly detailed maps, gathered from a variety of sources, trace the dramatic changes that took place since the Plantation in the townlands of Killeeshil, Coolhill, Donaghmore and Aughnacloy.
They depict individual fields measured in acres, roods and perches, the type of land, arable, marsh, bog and plantation, and in some cases the name of the tenant.
They will be put on display on a special open night at the Killymaddy centre on October 15 starting at 8pm. Light refreshments will be available and members of the society will be on hand to explain the maps.
“Each of the maps has a story of its own and is a rich source of historical detail”, said a member of the society.
The society has also catalogued the maps and placed some of them for general perusal on their website http://killeeshilclonaneese.org/joomla/
“What makes the collection so interesting is that it gives a comprehensive view of the Dungannon District and in particular Killeeshil, over the centuries, listing all the different spellings of the place names.
“For instance, there are about a dozen different spellings of Killeeshil alone.
“The maps were prepared for the Gough and Burgess estates, and include a Petty map dating from the early 1600s.”
The society are having their Annual General Meeting in the Killymaddy Centre at 7.30am on October 8.