Series 4 - General Lists of Jurors

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General Lists of Jurors


  • 1873-1885 (Creation)

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27 broadsheets; 265 duplicates

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James McKenna was clerk of Tullamore Poor Law Union for approximately 40 years. Born in County Monaghan, his early career was as a teacher in Mountmellick, County Laois. He was then appointed clerk of the Tullamore Union where he remained until his retirement. He died on 4 December 1907 at the age of 92 years. An obituary published in the King's County Chronicle remarked 'An idea of his self-sacrifice to his work will be formed when it is stated that even on Christmas days instead of passing holidays at home with his family, he would be seen in his office in Tullamore Workhouse as intent upon his duties as if he was bound to have his books posted up for an immediate imperative inspection.'

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Twenty-seven lists of jurors prepared by the clerk of Tullamore Poor Law Union, James McKenna, using data from the rate-books as collected by the poor rate collectors throughout the union. The broadsheets list the identified jurors alphabetically, with their address, occupation, the extent of rateable property and the location of the property. Exemptions are noted as per legislation, on the basis of age, property ownership, ill-health, disability, and profession. Printed by R. Willis, stationer, Tullamore.

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Niamh Howlin, 'Juries in Ireland: laypersons and the law in the long nineteenth century', Volume 27 of Irish Legal History Society, (Four Courts Press, 2017)

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The barony of Moycashel, County Westmeath, was part of Tullamore Poor Law Union.

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