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In William J. Smyth’s book, ‘Map-Making, Landscapes and Memory, A Geography of Colonial and Early Modern Ireland c.1530-1750’, he produces a map of the progress of Robert Lythes surveys in Ireland (1567-71) and the enclose a map is taken from this.

Lythe was a military engineer who was commissioned by Sir William Cecil (later Lord Burghley) who was Secretary of State in England in 1550 and became Elizabeth 1 trusted minister. He worked with Sir William Sidney in mapping Ireland for military and strategic purposes.

Lythe’s survey of west Cork was conducted from the pinnacle of a warship, giving the importance of the fisheries off its coast.