Poor Law Union Minutes – Gorey

The workhouse in Gorey was constructed on a seven acre site to the south-west of the town at a cost of £5,675 (with an additional £1,025 for fittings &c). Built to accommodate 500 persons, its first admissions took place on 22 January 1842. At the height of the famine in mid-1847, admissions had risen significantly to 715 inmates.

The minutes of the weekly meetings of the Gorey Board of Guardians include statistical data on the weekly number of admissions, discharges, births and deaths. They also record the dietary provision of the paupers and brief reports from the Master and from the Visiting Committee. The Earl Grey assisted female emigration scheme (1848-50) will be of particular interest to those researching their family history. In addition to each prospective female emigrant’s name, age and qualifications (i.e. their ability to read, write, spell, knit, sew, wash), the Gorey minutes include the length of time that each girl had been an inmate in the workhouse – this is particularly valuable given that the registers of admissions and registers of discharges for this union have not survived.

The minute books for Gorey poor law union (1840-1919) are being digitised on a phased basis over a three-year period. We are delighted to make available the first 30 volumes now which cover the period January 1840 to March 1862. Each volume is in Acrobat (PDF) format – please note that some of the files may take a while to download due to their size.

Vol 124 January 1840 – 14 January 1843PDF 148MB
Vol 221 January 1843 – 12 April 1845PDF 371MB
Vol 319 April 1845 – 31 January 1846PDF 146MB
Vol 47 Febuary 1846 – 5 December 1846PDF 172MB
Vol 512 December 1846 – 8 November 1847PDF 200MB
Vol 613 November 1847 – 8 January 1848PDF 44MB
Vol 715 January 1848 – 11 November 1848PDF 105MB
Vol 818 November 1848 – 17 November 1849PDF 112MB
Vol 924 November 1849 – 30 March 1850PDF 43MB
Vol 106 April 1850 – 23 November 1850PDF 87MB
Vol 1130 November 1850 – 14 June 1851PDF 84MB
Vol 1221 June 1851 – 10 January 1852PDF 84MB
Vol 1317 January 1852 – 7 August 1852PDF 84MB
Vol 1414 August 1852 – 5 March 1853PDF 75MB
Vol 1512 March 1853 – 1 October 1853PDF 74MB
Vol 168 October 1853 – 18 March 1854PDF 76MB
Vol 1725 March 1854 – 23 September 1854PDF 70MB
Vol 187 April 1855 – 29 September 1855PDF 79MB
Vol 196 October 1855 – 29 March 1856PDF 77MB
Vol 205 April 1856 – 28 March 1857PDF 183MB
Vol 214 April 1857 – 26 September 1857PDF 81MB
Vol 223 October 1857 – 27 March 1858PDF 80MB
Vol 233 April 1858 – 25 September 1858PDF 79MB
Vol 242 October 1858 – 26 March 1859PDF 80MB
Vol 252 April 1859 -24 September 1859PDF 73MB
Vol 261 October 1859 – 24 March 1860PDF 71MB
Vol 2724 March 1860 – 22 September 1860PDF 164MB
Vol 2829 September 1860 – 23 March 1861PDF 81MB
Vol 2930 March 1861 – 21 September 1861PDF 79MB
Vol 3028 September 1861 – 29 March 1862PDF 85MB
Vol 315 April 1862 – 27 September 1862PDF 178MB
Vol 324 October 1862 – 28 March 1863PDF 176MB
Vol 334 April 1863 – 26 September 1863PDF 180MB
Vol 343 October 1863 – 2 April 1864PDF 214MB
Vol 359 April 1864 – 1 October 1864PDF 205MB
Vol 368 October 1864 – 8 April 1865PDF 187MB
Vol 37April 1865 – October 1866Missing
Vol 3821 April 1866 – 6 October 1866PDF 192MB
Vol 3913 October 1866 – 6 April 1867PDF 177MB
Vol 4013 April 1867 – 12 October 1867PDF 212MB
Vol 4119 October 1867 – 28 March 1868PDF 190MB
Vol 424 April 1868 – 3 October 1868PDF 211MB
Vol 4310 October 1868 – 17 April 1869PDF 222MB
Vol 4424 April 1869 – 23 October 1869PDF 208MB
Vol 4530 October 1869 – 14 May 1870PDF 224MB
Vol 4621 May 1870 – 19 November 1870PDF 222MB
Vol 4726 November 1870 – 27 May 1871PDF 216MB
Vol 483 June 1871 – 2 December 1871PDF 202MB
Vol 499 December 1871 – 8 June 1872PDF 177MB
Vol 501872Missing
Vol 5121 December 1872 – 27 December 1873PDF 361MB
Vol 523 January 1874 – 27 June 1874PDF 162MB
Vol 531874 – 1875Missing
Vol 549 January 1875 – 10 July 1875PDF 177MB
Vol 5517 July 1875 – 8 January 1876PDF 147MB
Vol 5615 January 1876 – 8 July 1876PDF 150MB
Vol 5722 July 1876 – 6 January 1877PDF 150MB
Vol 581877Missing
Vol 5914 July 1877 – 29 December 1877PDF 142MB
Vol 605 January 1878 – 29 June 1878PDF 160MB
Vol 616 July 1878 – 28 December 1878PDF 163MB
Vol 624 January 1879 – 28 June 1879PDF 157MB
Vol 635 July 1879 – 27 December 1879PDF 161MB
Vol 641880Missing
Vol 653 July 1880 – 25 December 1880PDF 153MB
Vol 661881Missing
Vol 672 July 1881 – 31 December 1881PDF 164MB