Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 7.00pm
Inner City Trust, 31-33 Shipquay Street, BT48 6DL
Derry/Londonderry and the Plantation of Ulster
Dr Colm Donnelly, Queen’s University Belfast
Near the end of 1618 Captain Nicholas Pynnar, the official Inspector of Fortifications in Ireland, was appointed to survey the progress of the Ulster Plantation and specifically:
…the Works and Plantation performed by the City of London in the City and County of London-Derry.
His report, dated 28th March 1619, provides the first official certification of the completeness of the Derry Walls:
The Cittie of London Derry is now compassed about with a verie strong wall, excellentlie made and neatlie wrought, beinge all of good lyme and stone.
This survey was supported by the first illustration of the completed city walls.
The Derry Walls Festival 2019 will take place 24-25th August 2019 and the Walls400 Symposium on 26th-28th September. The Walls400 Spring Lecture 2019 prepares the ground for the festival and symposium. This talk and discussion on “Derry Londonderry and the Ulster Plantation” will be delivered by Dr Colm Donnelly, Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, Queen’s University Belfast.
To make this a participative event, places have been limited to 40. Tickets are free for anyone who has already taken out membership of the Friends of the Derry Walls and for a small donation (£5 min) for non-members. The donations will support a community archaeological dig on the dry moat, due to commence in September.