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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:54 pm 

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Researchers into Clare's past (or Ireland's past, for that matter) may be interested to know that this month (August 2007) the University of Southampton is moving an enormous database of British parliamentary papers to new servers and is thereby extending the access to those papers. My thanks to Prof. James S. Donnelly, Jr. of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, for flagging to me that these resources are now coming on stream.

The EPPI Project provides access to the British Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland 1801-1922. EPPI involves the electronic cataloguing and full-text digitisation of some 14,600 documents (containing around 600,000 pages) from Southampton University's unique Ford Collection of Official Publications. It features a comprehensive searchable database of Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland 1801-1922, with bibliographic information, Library of Congress subject descriptors and, for a significant selection of items, abstracts of contents.

The parliamentary 'Blue Books' contain the pertinent information on Ireland and its relations with Britain in this period: from extensive social inquiries and census enumerations, through reports on economic, educational and scientific subjects, cultural and linguistic institutions and political and military developments, to transcripts of semi-literate emigrant letters.

This website ( ) is a cornucopia. Just type in "County Clare" (with the parentheses) and it throws up 97 entries. Take it from there.

I won't blather on about it. Just go off to and boggle at it and wallow in it. Cancel all other appointments for the coming weeks.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:31 am 

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Excellent resource, with some hidden gems. It may well expand to
more databases as time goes by, since so many are noted as being
in the collection but not online with full text now. I found some useful
databases today and can pass along the surnames to use as key terms
to get to those. Thanks, Paddy !

To get to Families to New South Wales and to Van Diemen's Land in
1825 -32, where you will see a head of family's full name, trade,
and number in his family, use any of these surnames:

Anyone researching the surname Kerwick can use that in the search
engine and arrive at one in East Clare.

For the 193 Clare men committed in 1823-24 for insurrection activities, use as a search term any of these surnames (as spelled):

posted by Sharon Carberry USA

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:53 pm 

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To reach the section entitled Abstract of Population Returns for Ireland, 1831
(and a similar section for 1824), use the search word Ogonnillo. The
Clare subsection begins on page 127. The breakdown of families,
individuals, and total population is shown for both civil parishes and
cities or towns within the parishes.

To reach the Return of Customs And Excise Officers Superannuated in
Ireland, 1831-32, for the Limerick subsection on p. 9 which has pensioners
who worked at Kilrush, Tarbert, etc. with dates of their service and roles
performed, use the key work Rouff.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:21 pm 

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Limerick Freeholders Lists
sections showing Clare residents with "freeholds" in Limerick
1816 -24 - p. 20
key words Abjon or Carroonderry ... &Submit=Go

1824-25 - p. 120
key word Farrenshonebeg ... 5756&p=144

1825-26 - p. 144
key word Farrenshone-beg ... 5756&p=168

Dec 1822 Cratloe murder of a Mr. Stack ... d=c1:25354

1832 Matthew Barrington's description of Whiteboy activities in Clare ... 18709&p=11

1825 Select Committee of House of Lords on Nature and Extent of Disturbances in Ireland
Testimony of Fr. Malachi Duggan of "Moyferta" pp. 121-29 ... 2844&p=621
Covers causes of economic distress in Clare, how families subsist with only a quarter acre to farm when two acres is needed for year-round subsistence; abduction as a cause for early marriages of girls; Clare priests educated at Maynooth; Kilrush as a town of only small-time merchants; travel between Kilrush and Ennis; schools not used in winter and not instructing in Irish; RC marriage fee is one pound and a baptism is at least one shilling eight pence, etc.

Return of Number of Persons killed or wounded in Affrays with Constabulary in Ireland; Number of Constabulary Force killed or wounded in Affrays, 1825-30 ... 1059&p=276
victims in Clare:
1825 Ellen Neagle at Enystymon
1829 Daniel Neylin at Milltown Malbay
1930 John Linane at Shelbreedagh

1827 Testimony of John Scott Vandeleur regarding expediency of emigration for Irish poor ... d=c1:38639
previously posted with a key word

Persons committed under Insurrection Act in Ireland, 1823-24
Clare people ... 1505&p=194

Sharon Carberry
Researching Carberry in 1850s/60s Montreal only

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