EGAN, P.M. History, Guide & Directory of County and City of Waterford. With numerous illustrations, map of the city, and adverts.
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Kilkenny: Egan, (c.1894). Foolscap octavo. pp. xiv, 840, + (adverts). Original mauve cloth, titled in gilt. Spine tanned. A very good copy. Scarce.
Egan published this work in 1895, he recounts over 1,000 years of the history of Waterford city and county from the time of the Vikings until the close of the 19th century. The Fitzgeralds and the Gaelic Irish of Desmond refused to renounce their Catholicism following the 16th century English Protestant Reformation but were militarily defeated, their territories devastated and planted with Protestant settlers. Waterford city remained Catholic until it surrendered to Henry Ireton in 1650 following the defeat of the Kilkenny based Catholic Confederacy who for a brief period ruled most of Ireland independently. Catholic defeat followed again at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and thereafter Waterford city and County were dominated by an Anglo-Irish Protestant elite. The title of Marquess of Waterford was held by the Beresford dynasty while Lismore Castle became the seat of the Cavendish dynasty, the Dukes of Devonshire.
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