Elizabethan Ships Pictured on Smerwick Map, 1580: Background, Authentication and Evaluation

By Thomas Glasgow Jnr. and W. Salisbury, published May 1966


The first part by Glasgow describes the events leading up to the creation of the Smerwick Map, an invasion of Ireland in 1579 led by an Irish renegade, Fitzmaurice, followed after it had been defeated by loyalist forces, by an invasion by Spanish forces, who were also defeated. The map was created by eyewitnesses shortly after conclusion of the battle with the Spanish forces. The map depicts six Royal ships, discussed in detail by Salisbury. At least four of these participated in the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

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Filed under: Tudors | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Shipbuilding & Design

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