The county of Louth is bounded by Eastmeath, on the South
and South West, by Monaghan and Cavan on the West, on the
North by the counties of Armagh and Down and by the Irish
Channel on the East. Its greatest extent from North to South
is about 21 Irish miles, and from east to west about 16
Irish miles. Its superfice comprises 126,960 acres, Irish
plantation measure, including bogs, mountains and waste.
It contains four baronies, Ferrard, Atherdee, Louth and
Dundalk, which are divided into 61 parishes.
The soil is uneven, and thickly interspersed with high
hills, which add not a little to the beauty of the scenery.
This, like many other counties in Ireland, is extremely
fecund. The fragments of its ancient monuments are numerous,
on which can be traced evident marks of magnificence, as it
constituted the centre of the English pale originally
extending from Wicklow on the South to Dunluce in the North.
Its principle rivers are the Boyne which separates the
counties of Eastmeath, for a short distance, and Louth, the
Dee, the Fane, the Lagan, the Dundalk, and the Jenisborough,
which traverse this county from west to east, and discharge
their waters into the Irish Channel. Ochres and fuller’s
earth are the principal mineral productions of this county.
Pigot & Co’s, City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial
Directory, London 1824, p.6.)
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