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County Louth

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"Louth, a county of Ireland, bounded S and SW by E. Meath, W by Monaghan and Cavan, N by Armagh, NE by the bay of Carlingford, and E by the Irish channel, 27 m. long, and 18 broad. It is in general rich and well cultivated, and has little waste ground. Chief river, the Boyne. Principal towns, Carlingford, Dundalk, Drogheda, and Colton. The linen manufacture is carried on to a great extent. It sends 1 member to parliament. Pop. 107,070."
[From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]

“COUNTY LOUTH, a maritime county in the province of Leinster, and the smallest in Ireland, bounded on the N. by Carlingford Bay and Armagh, on the S. by county Meath, on the E. by the Irish Channel, and on the W. by counties of Monaghan and Meath. This county was originally part of the territory of the Voluntii, and subsequently was included in the independent sovereignty of Argial, or, as it was called by the English, Oriel, or Uriel. After being conquered by John de Courcy in 1183, it was erected into a county by King John in 1210, who presented it to De Courcy as part of Ulster: During Elizabeth's reign the insurgent chieftains committed great devastations in the county, and towards the close of the 17th century negotiations took place between O'Nial and O'Donel and the English government as to the right of the English to that part of Ulster between the Boyne and Dundalk, and the towns of Carlingford, Carrickfergus, and Newry; but nothing came of these negotiations, and from that period Louth has formed part of Leinster province. Edward Bruce was killed at Dundalk in 1318. At Drogheda, at an old church gate, "Poynings law" was passed in 1694, Cromwell having previously taken it by assault in 1649. Louth comprises an area of 315 square miles, or 201,434 acres, of which 178,972 are arable, and about 16,000 uncultivated. Its greatest length, from Drogheda to Carlingford Bay, is 32 miles, and its greatest breadth 15 miles. The southern districts of the county are level, with some parts undulating, all in a high state of cultivation...........More..[Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]

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Archives & Libraries

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Cemeteries

Louth Cemetery Records - on IGP

Louth Headstones, photos - on IGP

Cemeteries in County Louth - on Find a grave

County Louth Cemetery Records - on interment.net

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Census

Louth Census Substitutes - on IGP

National Censuses/Substitutes, list - on fianna

Louth, 1911 census, FHLC numbers - on fianna

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Church History

List of Subscriptions to St. Christian's New Church, Tullyallen, near Mellifont, County Louth as transcribed from the "Dundalk Democrat" of the 18th of November, 1898. - on fianna

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Church Records

Louth Roman Catholic Records - on Irish Ancestors

County Louth Roman Catholic Records - on fianna

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Civil Registration

Louth Vital Records - on IGP

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Description & Travel

County Louth on Wikipedia

“Louth is divided into 6 baronies, Ardee, Drogheda, Upper and Lower Dundalk; Ferrard, and Louth, and contains 64 parishes Before the Union, Louth returned 10 members to the Irish parliament-, since it has only returned three to the Imperial parliament-viz:, two for the county and one for Dundalk borough. The chief towns are Dundalk, Ardee, and part of Drogheda. Dundalk is the county, assize, and sessions town, and the head-quarters of the police.” [Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]

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Directories

Directories, list - on fianna

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Gazetteers

The transcription for this county from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

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Genealogy

  • The Ireland Genealogy Project's County Louth page, and its listing of the Project's available Louth Records.
  • The Irish Ancestors website (subscription) has the following types of records: State Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths, Census returns, Land records, Church records, Genealogical Office records, Gravestone inscriptions, Directories, Newspapers, Wills, Deeds, and Occupations.
  • Irish Ancestors' extensive County Louth website.
  • The LDS FamilySearch Wiki's Ireland Online Genealogy Records for County Louth.
  • The Fianna website's pages for County Louth provide important addresses and extensive information about online and other genealogy resources.
  • Roots Ireland (subscription) "offers access to a unique database of more than 20 million Irish records". Its Louth coverage includes Baptismal/Birth Records, Marriage Records, Burial/Death Records and Griffith's Valuation (Free Access).
  • WorldGenWeb - Louth Queries
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Historical Geography

Louth Civil Parishes - on IGP

List of townlands in county Louth - on wikipedia

See the county Louth page on logainm.ie which has links to its civil parish pages

  • "The Placenames Database of Ireland was created by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge in collaboration with The Placenames Branch (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht). This is a comprehensive management system for data, archival records and placenames research conducted by the State. It is a public resource for Irish people at home and abroad, and for all those who appreciate the rich heritage of Irish placenames."
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Land & Property

Louth Land Records - Drogheda Rentals & Properites - 1835 - on IGP

County Louth Freeholders 1822 - on fianna + 1824 supplementary list

COUNTY LOUTH, DUNDALK HOUSEHOLDERS 1837 on fianna

COUNTY LOUTH - TENANTS OF LORD RODEN Circa 1837  - on fianna

Griffiths Valuation 1847/64 on the Ask about Ireland site. Use the search box to bring up entries showing Barony/Parish/Townlands and lists of Occupants

Tithe Applotment Books for county Louth and its  parishes are available online on the National Archives of Ireland website (free).

  • The Tithe Applotment Books were compiled between 1823 and 1838 as a survey of land in each civil parish to determine the payment of tithes (a religious tax). Unlike Griffith's Valuation they do not cover cities or towns.

 

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Law & Legislation

From the IGP site - "DROGHEDA, 17TH DEC. 1791.RESOLUTIONS TO BE SIGNED BY THE PRINCIPAL INHABITANTS OF THIS TOWN, AND
FORWARDED TO OUR REPRESENTATIVES, IN THE GENERAL COMMITTEE OF THE CATHOLICS OF IRELAND.(PENAL LAWS REPEAL.)"

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Military Records

Louth Military & Constabulary (Irish Constabulary men with Native Co. of Louth)  - on IGP

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Monumental Inscriptions

Louth Memorial Cards - on IGP

Louth Headstones, photos - on IGP

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Names, Personal

Surnames found County Louth in  1100 thru 1600 - on IGP

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Newspapers

Louth Newspaper Records - on IGP

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Obituaries

Louth Obituaries - on IGP

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Occupations

“Carlingford and Dundalk bays are unsafe for shipping; but great quantities of fish are caught, including turbot, cod, haddock, and herring, and oysters of a delicious flavour at Carlingford, the greater portion of which are sent to Dublin. The county is almost wholly agricultural; the southern parts are the most fertile, the best land being about Ardee and Louth; and though large parts are pasture, all kinds of grains are extensively cultivated. Great quantities of flax are also grown, and sent to the spinners of Bolton, Leeds, and other manufacturing towns in England” [Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]

“There is a considerable quantity of linen manufactured at Drogheda, and there are large bleach-grounds at Collon and Ravensdale. There are large pin manufactories at Dundalk and Louth; also an iron and brass foundry. There are also extensive breweries and distilleries: the ale of Castle Bellingham has long been held in very high repute. Flax-mills abound on all the smaller rivers, and there are also many large flour and meal mills in the county.” [Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]

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Periodicals

From Fianna:

Louth Archeaological Society Journal (annual),
Mr. N. Ross, 5 Oliver Plunkett Park, Dundalk

Togher Topics
Mrs. B. Butterly, Dudderstown, Togher, Co. Louth

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Politics & Government

History of the Irish Parliament - County Louth - on the Ulster Historical Foundation site

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Probate Records

Louth Wills - on IGP

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Social Life & Customs

Louth photos - on IGP