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Ordnance Survey Memoirs

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 24, 2008


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by Conor McDowell

"The seeds of the Ordnance Survey were sown in 1747, as King George II looked for a way of controlling the Scottish Clans who had recently assisted a Jacobite uprising. The Royal Engineers were commissioned to map the Scottish Highlands. The success of this original project and the growing threat of Napoleonic France saw an expansion of the programme to the south of England."

This article details the history of the Ordnance Survey Memoirs, a unique and fascinating source of information on Ireland in the 1830s. If you wish to find out the history of your ancestors, or even just what they wore, the Memoirs are a great place to start.