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Return of Requisition Forms showing the Name and Address of Persons of the Belfast Union, 1888. (Download) Return of Requisition Forms showing the Name and Address of Persons of the Belfast Union, 1888. (Download)

Ref: IE0369
ISBN: 1-84630-603-5

The full title of this Parliamentary Return from 1888 is Return "of the Number of Requisition Forms (directed to be Served upon Inhabitant Households by the third Sub-Section of Section 9 of 'The Representation of the People Act, 1884') sent in to the Clerk of the Belfast Union, with the words 'Occupied in Immediate Succession' Stamped thereon, showing the Name and Address or Addresses of the Person or Persons named therein in each case".

In short this publication lists the names and addresses of approximately 500 people in the Belfast Union. It also lists the names of every other man resident in the same properties. There is also a very brief description of the property, if it is a whole house, part of a house, and whether the person was able to write. This information was gathered by designated overseer for the Union towards compiling an accurate list of eligible voters under the terms of the 1884 act which saw a substantial addition to the numbers of men entitled to vote.

This is a very valuable resource for any one trying to trace ancestors in the Belfast Union prior to the 1901 Census.

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Reports from Committees, Fictitious Votes (Ireland), Select Committee on Fictitious Votes, 1837-1838. Appendices Only Reports from Committees, Fictitious Votes (Ireland), Select Committee on Fictitious Votes, 1837-1838. Appendices Only

Ref: IET0101
ISBN: 1-84630-129-7
Number of Pages: 911
File Size: 78 Mbs
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This publication details those eligible to vote in Ireland after the electorate had been greatly increased following the Great Reform Act of 1832. With over 70,000 names, with details of occupations, addresses and entitlement criteria to vote, this publication is one of the great untapped resources for the study of the Irish electorate in the 1830s.

The Select Committee that Reported on electorate also sat and took evidence in the aftermath of Daniel O'Connell's election to Parliament when there had been widespread accusations of corruption and illegal voting, especially against the Liberal Candidates.

While this publication does not reproduce the minutes of evidence given to the Select Committee on Fictitious Votes it does reproduce the voluminous Appendices and Indexes, which encompass some 900 pages. The usefulness and interest of these lists is manifold as is the plethora of other inaccessible material held in the reports of numerous Select Committees since 1801. In this instance the Commissioners of Police and Magistrates throughout Ireland were charged with the task of creating what amounted to an electoral register for those entitled to vote in Ireland between 1832 and 1837 under the terms of the Reform Act.

In the instance of Ireland the electorate consisted of £10 freeholders and leaseholders, £20 leaseholders and freeholders, £50 freeholders and those in Corporation Towns, Cities and Boroughs afforded the right to vote as freemen of paid-up members of one of the trades guilds.

The usefulness of the lists of the electorate, especially for the Corporation and other towns and cities in Ireland, returning Members of Parliament, cannot be over-emphasised. Only a handful of postal and/or street directories are extant for the majority of the towns and villages of Ireland. Whereas the major urban centres of Dublin and Belfast fair a great deal better, the list of voters provided by the Select Committee greatly adds to the available material on urban residents currently available. The voting lists provide the names of all those eligible to vote in rural districts of 32 counties of Ireland and also provides the names, addresses and voting qualifications for those residing in the borough towns of Ireland such as Sligo, Clonmel, Cashel, Dungannon, Lisburn, Enniskillen, which returned Members of Parliament.

However, the most voluminous portions of the Lists provided by the Select Committee on Fictitious Votes details the electorate of the City of Dublin. These lists, in the main, span the periods 1832-37 and provides, street-by-street, the names, addresses and voting qualifications of Dublin's electorate. This is perhaps the most comprehensive and useful list of Dublin's residents prior to the first complete surviving Population Census for the City (1901).

The Select Committee on Fictitious Votes also provides the names of all persons eligible to vote by dint of their membership of one of the trades guilds or as a freeman of the City. This list, in essence, names all the various guild members and freemen residing in the city in 1832 and in the case of the trades guilds, which include doctors, merchants and smiths, etc., the name of the father or name of the master craftsman of each, is also provided.

The Select Committee on Fictitious Votes is concluded by a list of individuals who were brought to the attention of the Select Committee as fictitious voters, which includes the evidence brought against them, together with a breviate of the Select Committee as to the outcomes of their findings, which in some cases resulted in individuals being struck from the Electoral Register. In other cases those gathering evidence for the committee applauded landlords and land owners for increasing the electorate amongst the tenantry of their property.

This republication of the Reports from the Select Committee on the Fictitious Votes, Ireland; with the Minutes of Evidence and Appendix, first published in 1837 and 1838 is presented here in electronic format and is fully searchable.

Note: There are five pages missing from this set which we are currently trying to find replacements for. These will be provided to any customers free of charge when these have been found.

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