Clare Poor Law Unions Board Of Guardians Minute Books

Was your ancestor an inmate, guardian, staff or supplier for the workhouses in County Clare in the west of Ireland? The Irish workhouses were institutions created in 1838, to provide a place of relief for the poor, sick, elderly and orphaned across Ireland; however, they were used as a final measure. They were designed to be cold, intimidating and uninviting. As poverty, starvation and disease spread across the country from 1846 onwards, the workhouses became overcrowded and desperate. The Board of Guardians were responsible for the management of the workhouses. They met on a weekly basis and recorded the discussion of their meetings in these minute books.


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