Old Photos of Irish Archaeological Sites from the British Royal Collection

I recently stumbled across some fantastic old images of Irish archaeological sites, which are now stored at the British Royal Collection. The photos were taken in 1861 and 1903 during two royal visits to Ireland, when firstly Queen Victoria and subsequently her son Edward VII toured the country.  A selection of the photos can be viewed below, while further old images of Ireland can viewed here: old photos of Ireland 1, old photos of Ireland 2, old photos of Ireland 3 and old photos of Ireland 4.

 

Old photo kildare town
The round tower at Kildare town in 1861 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Old photo Kildare roundtower
A second view of the round tower and abbey, Kildare town in 1861 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Quinn Abbey, Clare, old photo
Doorway, Quin Abbey, Co. Clare, 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

old photo Ross castle Killarney
Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry in 1860 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Devinish Island cross
High Cross and round tower, Devinish Island, Fermanagh, 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Knockmany tomb, tyrone
The Neolithic passage tomb at Knockmany, Co. Tyrone in 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Muckross Abbey killarney
Doorway into Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Co. Kerry in 1861 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Castledermot Abbey
The ruins of Castledermot Abbey, Co. Kildare in 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Old photo Glendalough
The monastic site of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow in 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

 

Old photo church Glendalough
Inside the 12th century church, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow in 1903 (Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

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