Poor Law Union Records

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Poor Law Union Archive

Poor Law Union Archive

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 records of each weekly meeting of the Board of Guardians – the board entrusted with the administration of the Workhouse – and take account of the finances of the Union, procurement of provisions, hiring of staff, management of inmates and any other issues that may arise as regards the week-to-week running of the Workhouse. Rate Books take account of the rates paid by occupiers of property and the nature of the property they occupied, and can be very useful genealogical sources.

Tipperary Studies holds records for the following Poor Law Unions . Only a very small number of Registers of Admissions and Rate Books survive, see individual unions.

 NB: There are some missing volumes in the minute books so these collections are rarely complete.

 

Borrisokane PLU   established 1850          TL/LG/BG/46

Minute Books  1850 – 1923

Registers  1894 – 1898; 1912 – 1913; 1923 – 1924

Cashel PLU           TL/LG/BG/54

Minute Books  1844 – 1923

Registers from 1866, incomplete to 1924

Rate Books  1849

Clogheen PLU        TL/LG/BG/64

Minute Books  1839 – 1924

Clonmel PLU        TL/LG/BG/67

Minute Books  1839 – 1924

Nenagh PLU         TL/LG/BG/129

Minute Books  1839 – 1924

Rate Books – 37 Electoral Divisions (these are for a limited period)

Roscrea PLU         TL/LG/BG/141

Minute Books  1839 – 1923

Registers  1899 – 1917; 1906 – 1908; 1910 – 1911; 1918 – 1924

Thurles PLU          TL/LG/BG/151

Minute Books  1839 – 1924

Registers  1866 – 1872; 1872 – 1880; 1885 – 1887; 1887 – 1890; 1892 – 1894; 1894 – 1896; 1902 – 1904; 1909 – 1913; 1916 – 1921

Rate Books – 27 Electoral Divisions

Tipperary PLU        TL/LG/BG/152

Minute Books  1839 – 1923

Added by Tipperarystudies | Last updated on: 14 May 2019
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