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Drogheda Merchant Ledgers Display

Drogheda Merchant Ledgers Display

Lorraine McCann
Louth County Archives Service


For National Heritage Week 2021, Louth County Archives Service and the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society will hold an archival exhibition display. The highlight of the display will be three Drogheda merchant ledgers dating to 1723 – 1809.

With the kind assistance of funding granted to the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society from the Heritage Council, the merchant ledgers recently received conservation treatment under the Heritage Council’s Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021.

The merchant ledgers were found in Piltown House, Drogheda, once home of businessman, Thomas Brodigan. County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society arranged for deposit of the volumes in the County Archives.

Details of business transactions at the Brodigans’ grocery and tobacco shop in West Street can be found in two of the ledgers. The oldest ledger gives information on imports and exports of various ships that docked in Drogheda from 1723-31 and the outfitting of two ships for long-haul voyages: one to Barbados and the other to America.

The archival display will be open on Friday 20th August from 10am – 1pm. It is free and open to everyone. Reservations are not required. Visitors should wear a mask and follow HSE and Government health guidelines in relation to Covid-19.

Further information on the conservation project is available here: https://www.louthcoco.ie/en/services/archives/conservation-of-archives/drogheda-merchant-ledgers-2021/.

Please contact the event organisers (details below) for the latest information regarding COVID-19 safety measures and to register for this event


Event Details

  • Friday 20th August 10am – 1pm
  • The archival display will be open on Friday 20th August from 10am – 1pm. It is free and open to everyone. Reservations are not required. Visitors should wear a mask and follow HSE and Government health guidelines in relation to Covid-19.

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