A pawnbroker at Kilrush, in the county of Clare, is said to hold nearly 800 feather beds, most of which he is endeavouring to sell, as the terms for which they were severally pledged have expired.

Preston Chronicle 30 June 1849

From the British Newspaper Archive run by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited, in partnership with the British Library.

[The earliest mention of this story that I have found is in Bell’s Weekly Messenger 23 June 1849, which named the pawnbroker as Dowling but cited no source. Several other newspapers repeated the item on 30 June and in the week or so following.]

[Slater’s National Commercial Directory of 1846 lists Jeremiah Dowling of 111 Moore st, Kilrush, as a pawnbroker.]

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