Speed's map of Ulster
By SPEED, John , 1676

The Province of Ulster Described

British Isles Ireland
  • Author: SPEED, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Performed by John Speede and are to be solde by Thomas Bassett in Fleet Street, and Richard Chiswell in St Pauls Church yard
  • Publication date: 1676
  • Physical description: Double page engraved map with hand colouring.
  • Dimensions: 379 by 512mm. (15 by 20.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 10851


A map of Ulster, with an inset map of Enniskillen Castle. Enniskillen would have been known in Speed’s times for its role in Irish rebellions against English rule; it was taken after a siege in 1594.

John Speed (1552-1629) was the outstanding cartographer of his age. His ‘Theatre of Great Britain’ was the first atlas of the British Isles: Speed prepared the maps himself about two years before they were published. His maps and books dominated the seventeenth-century English market.


  1. Ashley Bayton-Williams, 'Subsequent Ownership of Speed's Plates', MapForum.