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Leviathan of Parsonstown... | by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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Leviathan of Parsonstown...

... or the 6 foot telescope of William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800-1867). The photo also features (following much debate!) Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse (1840-1908).


Great photo, and this allows us to add another photo to the small cache of Offaly photos we have on here - taken at Birr Castle, Parsonstown, Offaly.


Here's a gorgeous "view" of the Leviathan on the OSI Historic Maps, and a contemporary bird's eye view on Bing - thanks Niall McAuley.


Photographer: Robert French


Collection: Lawrence Photographic Collection


Date: Around 1880s


NLI Ref.: L_ROY_03237


You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at

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