Digitised Collections

1.County Wicklow Grand Jury Presentments 1818 to 1899

The Grand Juries were set up across the country from approximately the 17th century and were an early form of local government. The members were appointed by the County Sheriff, usually from the ranks of major local land owners. The Jury was initially concerned with the administration of justice, but later took on responsibility for building and maintaining roads, bridges, infirmaries, asylums, courthouses and gaols. The Grand Jury was empowered to levy a local County Cess (tax or rate) and met at Spring and Summer Assizes where presentments (works) were passed. The Grand Jury was superseded by the county council system in 1898 but retained its judicial function until it was abolished in 1924.  The records of the Grand Juries take the form of Abstracts of Presentments.  These were proposals for works put before presentment sessions at the Spring and Summer assizes and the resulting contracts and payments. They hold a wealth of information, including names, salaries and work of individuals in the employment of the grand jury. Examples of entries include works on roads and bridges, the accompaniment of prisoners, the payment of constabulary and upkeep of dispensaries, fever hospitals and the county gaol. Names and salaries of officials such as the county surveyor or the surgeon at the county infirmary are also shown. Another valuable aspect of these records are the references to landmarks, such as bridges, turnpikes, residences and roads. As well as this detailed information, the general policies, approaches and responsibilities of the Grand Jury in 19th century Ireland are also illuminated.

 

2.Arklow Town Commissioners & Urban District Council Minute Books 1878-1947

Minutes for the Arklow Town Commissioners survive from 1878 - see below digitised files:

 

3.Wicklow County Council Minute Books 1899-1930

(More minutes to follow)

Resolution passed by Wicklow County Council on 15th May 1916 - page 659:

Proposed by Councillor D. J. Cogan, seconded by Councillor J. J. Reilly:

"That while we strongly condemn the insane action of the men who were responsible for the recent revolt in Dublin and some parts of the country. We are convinced that justice would have been satisfied had these men been tried by the Constitutional Tribunals of this country, as they were entitled to have been tried, and we call for a full and complete inquiry into those Military executions, wholesale condemnation and imprisonment without trial-under what is called Martial Law-of large numbers of men; and as it is abundantly clear to an impartial and cool-headed man that no excuse or reason any longer exists for the continuance of this condition of things. We demand the immediate restoration of our constitutional rights and law: We therefore appeal to the Prime Minister, before his return to London. to restore the Constitution to its normal state: that copies be sent to the Prime Minister, John E . Redmond, Esq. M.P.; John Dillon, Esq. M.P . and our County Members."

Passed.