Trigonometrical Stations in Killererin

Extract from Killererin - A Parish History

Trigonometrical stations around Ireland
Cloondahamper Trigonometrical Station
Creevaghbaun Trigonometrical Station
Lisnaminaun Trigonometrical Station
Tygreenane Trigonometrical Station

Irish Ordnance Survey

The Irish Ordnance Survey, under Lt-Col Thomas Colby, completed the world’s first large-scale mapping of an entire country by 1846. The survey, at a scale of 6 inches to one mile, was primarily a townland survey and not detailed enough for a proper valuation, so a more comprehensive survey was completed. By 1867, from Fair Head to Mizen Head every road, track, hedge, fence and stone wall, every river and stream, every house and barn had been surveyed so that Sir Richard Griffith and his team could plot their valuations.

Long and complicated task

Surveying an entire country was a long and complicated task. Firstly Colby and his team had to build a framework of trigonometrical stations upon which the mapping could be based. They are usually hand-cast in concrete, 4 feet high and 2 feet square at the base, tapering towards the top. The formal term for these columns is triangulation pillar, but this is usually shortened to trig pillar or trig point. Trig points are situated so that at least two other points can be seen from each station.

Method used

The mapping was done by triangulation and by creating a series of primary triangles. Sightings were taken between stations using theodolites. Much of this work was done at night to reduce the distortion caused by heated air.

….. In order to complete the network of triangles, the length of 1 leg of 1 triangle had to be measured. The leg chosen was along the shores of Lough Foyle and this measured distance is known as the Baseline. The accuracy of the measurement of the Baseline was paramount as it set the scale for the whole survey. ….. Measurement of the baseline began in 1827 and was carried out under tenting to avoid fluctuations in temperature. The bars were mounted on tripods and the total distance of 7.89 miles, which included crossing the River Roe, was completed in November 1828 after 60 days of measurement by 70 men. The accuracy achieved is still marvelled at today.

Based on an item at
with additional information from various sources.

In Killererin, Trigonometrical stations are situated in the following locations:

West of Creevaghbaun

East of Dangan Oughter

North east of Dangan Beg

West Garraun Coyle

Centre of Kelleighter

East of Lisnamanaun

North west of Tigreenaun

South of Toghermore

East of Cloondahamper Blake










This page was added on 16/07/2018.

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