Duleek in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
The Lime Tree
Duleek Heritage Trail
William of Orange and Mary accepted the throne of England in 1698, supplanting King James II who took refuge with his ally and sponsor Louis XIV of France. The tensions between James and William would reach their highpoint in 1690 at the battle of the Boyne in Meath, where James was defeated.
In Duleek at the time there was a very significant colony of Huguenots (French Protestants) who had fled persecution in France.
Subsequently to the Battle of the Boyne the people of Duleek planted two saplings entwined around each other, one an ash (native to the islands) and the other a lime (foreign and exotic) to represent Mary and William. The ash was still alive in 1849 and was referred to by Sir William Wilde following a visit to Duleek. It did not however survive into living memory. The lime tree, representing William, is still standing and is the oldest and largest lime tree in Ireland. The indent into which the ash tree was embedded is clearly visible on its north side.
Erected by Meath Tourism and EU Leader II Programme.
Location. 53° 39.313′ N, 6° 24.999′ W. Marker is in Duleek, Leinster, in County Meath. Marker is on Main Street (Road 150), on the right when traveling north. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Duleek Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Parochial House (within shouting distance of this marker); Connell's House (within shouting distance of this marker); St Mary's Abbey (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Duleek 1916 - 1981 Hunger Strike Monument (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The Woodhenge/Pit circle / The Winter Soltice (approx. 5.8 kilometers away); Knowth / Cnogbha (approx. 7.1 kilometers away); Saint Patrick on the Hill of Slane (approx. 10.8 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Duleek.
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