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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 catalogue.nli.ie

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Taken circa 1885