Poor Law Unions

Poor Law Union Archive

Poor Law Union Records

Tipperary Studies

In 1838 the Irish Poor Law Act was passed, introducing an entirely new system of state welfare in Ireland. The result was the establishment of over one hundred Poor Law Unions throughout the country. Each Union had a Workhouse, financed by the payment of rates on landholders in the Union. The vast bulk of the Poor Law Union (PLU) sources comprise Minute and Rate Books. Minute Books contain the rec ...

Board of Guardian Records

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Papers of the Board of Guardian, 1839-1951, bodies elected by ratepayers to levy a poor rate and manage the administration of relief to the poor after the enactment of the 1838 Poor Law in the 27 Poor Law Unions in Northern Ireland. The collection deals not only with the administration of the workhouses and the relief of the poor but also with emigration and many aspects of local government, parti ...