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A Monthly Newsletter: Editor: Terry Eakin, 334 Burns Bay Road, LANE COVE, NSW 2066
Contact E-mail address:
ISSN 1443-5888 Volume 8, No. 10, October 2006.
Introduction: ÔÇÿAll Ireland SourcesÔÇÖ is a monthly newsletter distributed free by E-mail to Family History Societies and
interested researchers near the end of each month. Distribution by Australia Post each three months (three issues) costs $6.00
annually within Australia. The aim is to bring items of interest regarding Irish record sources to the Australian genealogist.
The editor would appreciate being made aware of records relating to the Irish, particularly those held in Australia or new in
the LDS Family History Library. Back copies available free for downloading from Note new email address.

Continued from Volume 8, No. 9 (page 38) Vestry Minutes (Church of Ireland):
Because of the penal enactments against those who refused to conform to the Established
Church 1704-1782, many Protestant dissenters found it necessary to have their baptisms and
marriages registered in the local Church of Ireland (Anglican) parish. For example, Church of
Ireland graveyards, which sometimes dated before the Reformation (Magheraculmoney, Co.
Fermanagh), were often the place of burial for the whole community including Roman
Catholics until late in the 19th century. For a long time Presbyterians could only have
graveyards within the curtilage of their own churches.
Even in the rapidly growing city of Belfast in the 19th century, there was no separate
Presbyterian graveyard until 1854. Shankill and FriarÔÇÖs Bush graveyards, the oldest in
Belfast, served the whole community. In some Church of Ireland burial registers, for example
in the parish of Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry, half of the entries in the 18th century were for
Where marriage registers are lacking for a parish, it may be worth making a search in
the index to marriage licence bonds for the appropriate dioceses. If one or both of the
partners to be married were not known personally to a minister, a bond had to be issued by the
diocesan authorities declaring that there was no impediment to the marriage. The indexes to
these bonds survived destruction in 1922 and these indexes give dates of birth and the maiden
names of wives. Copies are available in PRONI (MIC6B) for Ulster Dioceses and in the
National Archives of Ireland for other dioceses.
Here is an incomplete list of references for marriage licence bonds available in PRONI:
Armagh 1727-1845 MIC/5B/1-3
Clogher 1709-1866 MIC/5B/4
Down, Connor & Dromore 1721-1845 MIC/5B/5-6
On line go to ... olKilm.htm for Ardagh and
Kilmore marriage licence bonds, 1697-1844.
Index to Raphoe Marriage Licence Bonds, 1710-1755 and 1817-1830 by Rosemary ffolliott
(1969) supplement to The Irish Ancestor 1969-1986 now available on CD ROM from
Eneclann, catalogue reference ENE013 and ISBN 0-953755-79-7 at
Marriage licence bonds issued by the Prerogative Court in Dublin are available from 1625
under reference T/932. Do a Google search and you may locate others and look in the LDS
FH library catalog for holdings.

IRELAND OLD NEWS: Irish Death Notice Index. : This page has letters A, B, C,
through to Z and indexes are located beneath each. The website can be located at and there are many links to many lists of indexed records.
This page is an index of 53,196 obituaries of people who were born and/or died in Ireland, or
whose deaths were mentioned in Irish newspapers. The actual obituaries are not necessarily
available on line. They have been indexed from newspapers all over the U. S. and Canada, as
well as Ireland and elsewhere, including 24,408 entries from The Cork Examiner of the 19th
and early 20th centuries, and 1,947 entries from the 19th century [New York] Irish-American.
Refer to the Publications List to identify the source. ┬® Denis Ahern.
Ireland Old News Search Ireland Newspapers can be found at
The links on the home page will take you to the articles currently on the site and organised by
county of publication, year and month. These pages are updated frequently so be sure to
check back often for your particular interests. Eleven of the 32 counties had no information
under that county. However Belfast was listed as were five other links to records. There is a
free subscription mailing list at the bottom of the home page. I found much interesting detail,
especially in the Irish Death Notice Index.

THE SOUNDS OF IRELAND: Tour of Ireland 2007.
Dr Richard Reid and Dr Perry McIntyre are finalising the arrangements for the SAG Tour of
Ireland in 2007.
The tour begins at Glendalough, for centuries a place of pilgrimage and sanctuary. Here you
are surrounded by mountains, lake water and rushing streams. It is a place away from the
cityÔÇÖs roar and the speed of modern travel ÔÇô a place to slow down and contemplate the journey
ahead. A journey that will take us around of all of Ireland from the drama of western coasts,
across the bogs of the midlands, to the beautiful north coast and, finally to ÔÇÿDublinÔÇÖs fair cityÔÇÖ.
We go back in time to experience something of the Ireland of your ancestors and to learn how
to discover them in landscape, historic sites and in the records essential to family history. But
you will also experience modern Ireland.
This tour departs Saturday, 08 September 2007 and overnights as following:
Sunday, 09 September & Monday 10th : Glendalough, Wicklow
Tuesday, 11 September: Tipperary
Wednesday, 12 September: Kinsale, Cork
Thursday, 13 & Friday 14 September: Killarney, Kerry
Saturday, 15 September: Ennis, Clare
Sunday, 16 September: Kinvarra, Galway
Monday, 17 & Tuesday 18 September: Aran Islands, Galway
Wednesday, 19 September: Birr, Offaly
Thursday, 20 September: Longford, Longford
Friday, 21 September: Donegal, Donegal
Saturday, 22 & Sunday 23 September: Dunfanaghy, Donegal
Monday, 24, Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 September: Belfast City, and
Thursday, 27 to Sunday 30 September 2007: Dublin City.
Email Perry at for enquiries or phone the tour travel agent,
Kate Sullivan at 02 8239 2555. Costs available by end December 2006.

Book Review: The Convert Rolls: The Calendar of the Convert Rolls, 1703-1838 (2005)
edited by Eileen OÔÇÖByrne and published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission containing Fr
Wallace ClareÔÇÖs Annotated List of Converts 1703-1778 edited by Anne Chamney, 488 pps,
ISBN 1-874280-64-9. The Convert Rolls have proved an important historical source for Irish
historians and genealogists since first published in 1981. Edited by Eileen OÔÇÖByrne, it is
reissued with the annotated list of converts prepared by Fr Wallace Clare, the late founder of
the Irish Genealogical Research Society. The product of a lifetimeÔÇÖs work, and prepared for
publication by Dr Anne Chamneys, Fr ClareÔÇÖs annotated list both complements and expands
the value of the original calendar.
The publication in 1981 of the Convert Rolls, edited by Eileen OÔÇÖByrne, provided historical
researchers and genealogists alike with easy access to the main documentary record of those
who converted to the Established Church (the Church of Ireland) in the eighteenth and early
nineteenth centuries. Long out of print, the Irish Manuscripts Commission has availed of the
republication of this valuable reference work to publish Fr Wallace ClareÔÇÖs annotated list of
converts, 1703-78. The product of a lifetimeÔÇÖs labour, it complements and adds to the original
by presenting elusive biographical data on 1,207 converts, some not present in the official
convert rolls, which adds to the value and usefulness of the original.
This edition of the Convert Rolls is in two parts. Part One consists of a reprint of the 1981
edition prepared by Eileen OÔÇÖByrne, including her appendices which list convert priests, and a
list of converts who took oaths, but were not enrolled. Part Two presents Fr Wallace ClareÔÇÖs
annotated list of converts, prepared for publication by Anne Chamney with an index.
The ÔÇÿAct to prevent further growth of popery,ÔÇÖ passed in 1703, made it obligatory on converts
from Catholicism to Protestantism to provide proof of conformity. A Protestant, according to
this Act was a member of the Church of Ireland only. The legal disabilities in relation to
property, professions, etc. imposed on the Catholic by the Act, ceased to operate when he
became a Protestant, or, in the words of the Statute:
from the time of the enrolment in the High Court of Chancery of a Certificate of the
bishop of the diocese in which he shall inhabit testifying to his being a protestant and
conforming himself to the Church of Ireland as by law established.
It should be noted that these provisions took effect from the date of enrolment, not the date of
This Act further prescribed:
The said Court of Chancery is hereby required to take care that distinct rolls be kept for
the enrolment of such certificates which shall publicly hang up or lie in some public
office or place belonging to the said Court to be appointed, where all persons may at all
reasonable times resort to and peruse the same without fee or reward, and for the
enrolment of each and every such certificate the sum of six pence and no more shall be
These rolls were known as the Convert Rolls.
The 1703 Act also stipulated that:
No person shall take benefit by this Act as a protestant within the intent and meaning
thereof that shall not conform to the Church of Ireland as by law established and
subscribe the declaration and also take and subscribe the oath of abjuration.
The statute did not prescribe any particular formula for recantation, apart from the oath and
declaration. It appears that the convert read his renunciation of Catholicism before a
clergyman and congregation at a public service, usually on Sunday. He obtained a certificate
to this effect from the bishop of the diocese and enrolled it in the Court of Chancery.
The bishopÔÇÖs certificate was essential for enrolment until 1782, when an Act was passed ÔÇÿfor
rendering the manner of conforming from the popish to the protestant religion more easy and
expeditiousÔÇÖ. From 1782 it was sufficient for the convert to take the sacrament from a
minister of the Church of Ireland, take the oath and make the declaration before him, and file
a certificate from him to that effect in Chancery within six months. These were known as
MinistersÔÇÖ Certificates.
The Convert Rolls were transferred from the Chancery Division to the Irish Public Record
Office in 1867. Although they were destroyed by fire in 1922, they had been calendared and
recorded. The Calendar of Convert Rolls, in two volumes, is still in the Public Record Office
(now the National Archives of Ireland). Volume I covers 1703-1789 and Volume 2 covers
1789-1838. It should be noted that the dating is in the ÔÇÿOld StyleÔÇÖ used prior to the reform of
the calendar on 02 September 1752. After 1752 ÔÇÿNew StyleÔÇÖ dating is used. The Calendar,
(A), has been taken as the primary source, then Lodge, (B), the 1732 pamphlet, (C), and the
list of converts taking the oaths, (D). The information from the Calendar is not repeated, but
any supplemental data or variations in spelling and dating have been included, together with a
reference to each source in which the name appears.
There are about 220 examples of husband and wife enrolling on the same day, and frequent
instances of several members of one family doing so. On 26 March 1768 six members of the
Dines family conformed, and on the 03 February 1762 four Hussey sisters conformed. There
are several examples of multiple enrolments in one parish; on 15 October 1747 twenty three
people from Clogheen, Co. Tipperary enrolled. This book should be useful to family
historians who are advanced in their Irish research. A few examples from Part 1 follow:
Alien, Thomas, d. Cashell, cert. 31 August 1763, enrolled 15 November 1763 (A). P.
Clonoulty, conformity 28 August 1763 (B).

Anderson or Handerson, Stephen, p. St John, Sligo, d. Elphin, conformity 25 March 1754,
cert. 10 July 1754, enrolled 27 September 1754 (B). See Handerson, Stephen.

Balfe, Edward, Union of Kells, d. Meath, cert. and enrolled 03 April 1733 (A). Balfe, Mr
Edward, p. Rathboyne, conformity 23 march 1732, enrolled 04 April 1733 (B).

Nugent, Lieut. Col. Edmund, Dublin, cert. 04 may 1763, enrolled 06 May 1763 (A). Now of
Dublin, conformity 30 April 1763 (B). Lieutenant-Colonel in His MajestyÔÇÖs 1st Regiment of
Guards (D).

Part 2: No. 149 Burke, Richard, of Dublin.
Admitted an attorney 26 June 1723. Born at Bruff, Co. Limerick. Although the name of his
father is unknown, Richard was apparently a nephew of Richard Burke of Ballinagolla, Co.
Limerick. Being an attorney by profession, he was obliged by the law of the land to conform to
the Established Church. The said Richard married, 1724, Mary, daughter of Garrett Nagle, of
Ballyduff, Co. Cork, by whom he had 15 children. Of these, there were but four who survived
infancy, namely Garrett Burke, an attorney, the Rt Hon Edmund Burke, Richard Burke, and Julian
(who married Patrick William French, of Loughrea). Ob. 24 Nov 1761 (Journal of the Cork
Historical & Archaelogical Society, vol. LX, pps 69-74, and William OÔÇÖBrien Edmund Burke as
an Irishman, 2nd edition (Dublin 1926).

No. 1018 Reilly, James, of Baltrasna, Co. Meath, Esq.
Oath taken at the Thosel. 3rd son of Thomas Reilly of Ballgarney by his wife Rose, daughter of
Luke McDowell of Montagh, Co. Roscommon. Married Catherine Tuite (q.v.). Issue ÔÇô Thomas,
Anthony and Mary. Ob. 05 Jan 1785. Prerog willl dd 27 Sep 1776, pr 01 Mar 1785. Sons ÔÇô
Thomas (married to Margaret Sibthorpe), and Anthony. Daughter ÔÇô Mary. Niece Margaret
OÔÇÖReilly. Grandson ÔÇô James, eldest son of Thomas OÔÇÖReilly. Brother-in-law ÔÇô Philip Tuite, esq.
Man servant ÔÇô Patrick Lynch. ÔÇÿMy old nurseÔÇÖ ÔÇô Mary Smith, als Reilly. Mentioned ÔÇô Mary Reilly
ÔÇÿwho once lived with me and has since marriedÔÇÖ. Old Philip Brady who has lived under me since
my youthÔÇÖ. Exors ÔÇô son Anthony, Philip Tuite, esq., and William Adams. Witnesses ÔÇô Theobald
Tuite, Philip OÔÇÖReilly and Eleazer Gill. Codicil dd 09 Jul 1784. Revocation of legacy of ┬ú5000
to only daughter Mary who has since married (James OÔÇÖReilly of Millcastle, Co. Westmeath)
ÔÇÿwithout my knowledge, consent or approbationÔÇÖ. To receive annuity of ┬ú100 in lieu of same
(IGRS, Clare Ms., p. 33). For pedigree, see Burke (1912), p 540. Recommended reference book,
488 pages. Available from the IMC, Dublin. See No. 1023.

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