Thursday 20 October 2016

Ancestry releases RIC Pensions Registers, 1873–1925

Part of the 1922 ledger entry for
RIC pensioner James Connor
Ancestry has added a fabulous collection from the National Archives in Kew, London: the Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions 1873-1925 collection.

It comprises some 130,000 records of pension payments made to retired officers of the mainly Roman Catholic police force. The records are searchable by name, but there's also a browse facility. The image to the right shows a fairly typical entry in the 1922 ledger, when men were noted as being either British enlistments or Irish enlistments, alongside which the payments made during the ledger year were recorded.

When retired officers died, the ledger notes the date of death and also provides names of widows and children, and the amount they were to receive in allowances. In some cases it notes what evidence of death – death certificate or probate, for example – was provided for approval of payments to dependants.

Some entries also note the emigration of a retired officer, and the new, overseas, place of payment.