The Irish Brandy Houses of Eighteenth-Century France

By: Louis M. Cullen

Publication Date: February 2000


The Irish Brandy Houses: of Eighteenth-Century France by Louis M. Cullen

The Irish traders in beef and butter who settled in the Charente area moved on to the rapidly growing brandy trade by the mid-eighteenth century. As global demand for brandy grew with urbanization and economic welfare, so did new markets develop for those families with contacts in Dublin and France’s western seaboard.

The struggles of families such as Hennessy, Saule and Jennings, Otard, Galwey and Delamain are described in the pivotal period 1760-1793, when Ireland ‘fleetingly became the central point of the international brandy business’. Family connections and intermarriage, trading problems, marketing and finance are detailed by Professor Cullen, against the background of a burgeoning French economy. This regional specialization by foreign merchants who went on to became household Irish brandy houses is a fascinating study by Ireland’s leading economic historian.

‘Superbly written, excellent insight to the trade in those days, enjoyed the book from start to finish.’ Customer review


LOUIS M. CULLEN is Professor of Modern Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin. His many books include The Brandy Trade under the Ancien Régime (1998).



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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 156 × 234 mm
Publication Date

February 2000


Hardback, 272pp