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Ireland, Catholic Qualification & Convert Rolls, 1701-1845
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1701-1845
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National Archives Ireland

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Catholics were restricted from owning property, holding office and voting during the 1700's. Some of them renounced their religion and converted to the Church of Ireland in order to enjoy such rights. Besides taking the sacrament in the Church of Ireland, they were required to file a certificate in a court of law. Apparently several courts had the authority to grant their rights. Courts listed include King's Bench, Common Pleas, Quarter Sessions of the Peace, and Assizes. The rolls were kept by the Chancery Court Rolls Office until 1867, at which time they were transferred to the Public Records Office. The actual rolls were destroyed by the fire in 1922, but these calendars survive.

During the period 1695-1793 under the Penal Laws Catholics were presumed guilty of disloyalty to the government based on their religious faith. Following the Papists Act 1778 a person was required to take an oath of loyalty to the current monarch, forswear allegiance to the Stuart claim to the throne, and the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. The names of persons taking the oath were registered in the qualification rolls. The information is arranged by locality (circuit) of the court, and surname.

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Calendar of Convert Rolls

  • Surname
  • Given name
  • Date of enrollment

Qualification Rolls

  • Surname
  • Given name
  • Residence
  • Date and place where the oath was taken

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