Friday 21 May 2021

Mayo County Library has digitised Ballinrobe Workhouse collection

Mayo County Library's Local Studies team has released online its newly digitised Ballinrobe Poor Law Union Workhouse collection.

Click image to reach Mayo's Workhouse Collection home page
Forty volumes of minute books are available in pdf format for free download from the Library's County council's website, along with informative articles about the workhouses, the role of the Board of Guardians, and other matters under the control of the local regime, and a gallery of maps and newspaper cuttings.

I would recommend any researcher new to these types of resources to read these articles and, whether experienced or not, to check out the comprehensive collection directory and index. This 73-page word doc should be consulted for details of the content of the individual pdf files.

The collection includes Board of Guardian minute books (1844-1899), financial records (1841-1931), letter books (1855-1915), workhouse infirmary records (1906-1921) and outdoor relief records (1874-1926).

Click each item below to access the pdf menu for each category.

In total, there are more than 160 pdfs to explore.