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28 October 2014
Wars and Conflict - The Plantation of Ulster

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The London Companies
After The Flight of the Earls in 1607 the Crown decided to plant the confiscated lands with English and Scottish Protestants. Lacking funds to complete the plan, King James I coerced the City of London to finance part of the venture.
 
The London Companies
Image of the crest of the The Honourable The Irish Society  
Professor James Stevens Curl, Senior Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, explores the history of the 12 London Companies which formed a body known as The Honourable The Irish Society to manage their involvement in the Plantation.
The Raven Maps

 
The following maps of the London Companies by the cartographer Thomas Raven were commissioned in 1622 by Sir Thomas Phillips. Listen as Nick Brannon, Director of Built Heritage at the Environment and Heritage Service in Belfast, brings these colourful maps to life.
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