Kilrush Union Minute Books 1849

Meeting held on Saturday, 8th day of December, 1849

Kilrush UNION.

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                 Population in 1841, .     .      .     .                                                 Present Net Annual Value,

                 STATE of the WORKHOUSE for the Week ending Saturday, the 1st day of December 1849.

Number of Inmates for
which accom-
modation is provided.

No. that
can be
accommodated
in each
building

 

Able-Bodied

Aged and Infirm persons, and adult persons, above 15 years of age, but not working.

Boys and Girls above 9 and under 15 years of age.

Children above 5 and under 9 years of age.

Children above 2 and under 5 years of age.

Infants under 2 years of age.

 

Total

Workhouse,
Temporary Buildings,
Additional Workhouse,
Permanent
Fever Hospital,
Fever Sheds,
Total

1100


1580


____
2680

 

 

Male

 

 

 

Fem

 

 

Male

 

 

Fem

 

 

Boys

 

 

Girls

       
Remaining on previous Saturday,

as per last Return,

495

508

30

26

450

494

226

68

36

2333

Admitted during the Week,

42

53

2

2

46

46

20

14

12

2371

TOTAL,

537

561

32

28

496

540

246

82

48

2570

Discharged during the Week,

Died . . . .

31

"

45

1

"

"

1

1

23

"

25

1

12

1

2

1

"

2

1397

Total Discharged and Dead,

31

46

"

2

23

26

13

3

2

146

REMAINING ON THE ABOVE DATE

506

515

32

26

473

514

233

79

46

2424

This is for the Week Ending 8 December = No. in the House 2333 on 1 Decem.

RETURN of DESTITUTE PERSONS relieved out of the Workhouse, as by Relief Lists, for the last Week ended Saturday, the 1st day of Dec / 49 authenticated and laid before the Board of Guardians at this Meeting.

 

Destitute Persons relieved out of the Workhouse,
under 10 Vict. c. 31, s. 1.

Destitute Persons relieved
out of the Workhouse, but not comprised in Sec. 1.

Total relieved out of
      the Workhouse.

 

RELIEF

DISTRICT

 

Number
of cases
relieved

Number of
Persons,
including
Applicant and
Family,
dependent on
him or her.

 

Number
of cases
relieved

Number of
Persons,
including Applicant and Family, dependent on him or her.

 

Cases

 

Persons

No. I.

No. II.

No. III.

No. IV.

No. V.

No. VI.

No. VII.

No. VIII.

No. IX.

711

559

502

689

508

489

449

380

212

1827

1520

1375

1959

1243

1224

896

1012

499

"

"

"

7

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

29

"

"

"

"

"

711

559

502

696

508

489

449

380

212

1827

1520

1375

1988

1243

1224

896

1012

499

Car forward

4499

11555

7

29

4506

11584

COPY of MINUTES of Proceedings of the Board of Guardians, at a Meeting held on Saturday the 8th day of December 1849.
PRESENT : In the Chair, Colonel Vandeleur, Henry S Burton, Jonas Studdert
                Other Guardians : Thomas Keane, Francis N Keane, Robert Borough, Capt. J Studdert, Geo Studdert, Daniel O Grady, F. Corry, Benj. Cox, Jno Cuggian, Tho Daly, Cor. Doherty, R N Donovan, Rick Fitzpatrick, Fras Greene, John Healy, D Hynes, Tim Kelly, Thos. Lillis, Thos Linnane, Edm. Mahony, Ml Meers, Jer. Moloney, Amb Moore, D Mulvihill, M Donnell, Wm. Donnell, Fras. O Donnell, Jno Pilkington, Thos & M Studdert & George Taylor

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The Minutes of last Meeting were read and Signed.
The Workhouse Register was produced, examined, and authenticated, from No. 22864 to No. 23,106, both inclusive, by the signature of the Chairman, and countersignature of the Clerk.

The Ledger was produced by the Clerk, posted up to the last day of Meeting, with the proper Debits and Credits, as ordered on that day.
The Treasurer’s Book of Receipts and Payments was produced, by which it appeared that there had been received during the week, -                                                         46.    5.    3
Paid during the week,     -          -          -     -                               23.   11.   6
And that the Balance on the Account against the
Guardians was     -         -          -     -                                         1655.    5.   6
The Book was signed by the Chairman.

The Weekly balance-sheets of the several Collectors were laid before the Board, their accuracy having first ascertained and authenticated by the Clerk.

The lodgements made of Rates collected in the several Electoral Divisions appear to have been as follows:-

Name of each Collector.

Name of Electoral Division.

Collected and Lodged.

Remaining.

   

s.

d.

s.

d.
Alex Mc Mahon Kilrush

18

1

"

647

12

5
   

18

1

"

647

12

5
  Killimer

"

"

"

67

6

6
Danl Mc Donnell Knock

"

"

"

183

11

7
   

"

"

"

250

18

1
  Killofin

"

"

"

151

8

4
Saml Burke Kilfiddane

"

"

"

135

1

61/8
  Kildysert

"

"

"

157

9

111/8
   

"

"

"

443

19

9
  Kilmihil

7

13

"

197

14

2
John Lillis Kilmacdooan

20

11

3

310

5

1
   

28

4

3

507

19

4
Wm. Brew Kilmurry

"

"

"

438

1

2
   

"

"

"

438

1

2
  Killard

"

"

"

446

10

7
Stephen Stackpoole Kilkee

"

"

"

279

4

9
   

"

"

"

725

15

4
  Moyarta

"

"

"

342

10

51/8
Patrick Healy Killballyowen

"

"

"

94

9

46/8
   

"

"

"

436

19

9
  Total, -

46

5

3

3451

6

1

NOTE. - A total is to be inserted in Red Ink at the foot of each Collector’s District, as well as for the entire Union.
Debit the Treasurer and Credit the several Electoral Divisions, with the respective amounts lodged.

The Clerk’s Account of petty Disbursements made by him since last Meeting amounting to 10. 0. 0 was produced and passed.
The following Books were exhibited by the Clerk, he having first ascertained the accuracy of the entries made therein by the Master of the Workhouse, and authenticated the same by his signature :
                1. The Weekly Relief Lists and Abstract.
                2. The Provision Check Accounts.
                3. The Provision Receipt and Consumption Account.
                                                                                                                                s.       d.
Debit Provision Account, and Credit Invoice Account.
The cost of Provisions and Necessaries consumed was
Debit Maintenance Account, and Credit Provision Account.
And the general average Cost of an Inmate for
the week was    -         -          -                                                                                         11.
Average cost in Infirmary,    -         -                                                                      2.       3
Average cost in Fever Hospital, -

The following Books were also produced by the Clerk, their accuracy having been previously ascertained by him, and authenticated by his Signature :
                1. The several Clothing Accounts.
                2. The Medical Officers’ Books.
The Out-door Relief Lists and Weekly Receipt and Expenditure Books of the several Relieving Officers were then produced by the Clerk, their accuracy having been previously ascertained by him, and authenticated by his signature.
The Abstract of the Out-door Relief Lists was also produced by the Clerk having been duly entered up by him for the last week ended Saturday, the 8th day of Dec /49 whereby it appeared that in that week the Total Expenditure in Out-door Relief was
                                                                         s.        d.
        In money, - - - -                              ".        4.        6
        In kind, - - - -                               220.     17.        0
                    Total, - -                           221.       1.        6

Credit each Relieving Officer, as per Receipt and Expenditure Book.

On the Report and recommendation of the Finance Committee, the following Bills having been duly examined, and found to be correct, and in accordance with the several Orders were directed to be paid, and Checks for the several amounts were duly drawn on the Treasurer, and Signed, namely :
                1. Account                                                                                  s.       d.
Patt Healy         Poundage                                                                 17         3        7

Debit Collection Account and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                2. Establishment Account.
Patt Roughan Distribution                                                                10         6        6
Michael Gibson      Do.                                                                        7         5        2

Debit Establishment Account, and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.

The Report of the Visiting Committee was read, and Orders were made thereon as follows :

Wm. Brews Tender for the collection of Rates in Kilrush & Kilmurry @ 4d in the was accepted, subject to the Comrs approval.
Stephen Stackpooles Tender for the Collection of Rates in Killard & Kilkee @ 4d in the was accepted subject to the Comrs approval.
John Lillis’s Tender for the Collection of Rates in Kilmacdooan @ 4d in the was accepted subject to the Comrs approval
Patt Healys Tender for the collection of Rates in Moyarta & Kilballyowen @ 4d in the was accepted subject to the Comrs approval.
John Whitstones Tender for the collection of Rates in Killimer, Knock, Killofin, Kilfiddane, Kildysert & Kilmihil @ 4d in the was accepted subject to the Comrs approval.
The following are the names of the Sureties proposed by the several Collectors.
Mr. Whitstones                                                        Wm Brews
Thos Whitstone Esq Couna                                     Burdett Moroney Eq. J.P.
John B Knox       "   Ennis                                      Thos Gibson           "  Kilrush
Francis Cox        "   Moanmore

John Lillis
Rd Pilkington       Ahyah
Patt Breen            Kilmacdooan

Patt Healys.                                                             Stephn. Stackpoole
Mr. Edwd O Dwyer  Cragaknock                          Mr. John McNamara
"  Arthur O Donnell Dunmore                                "    Ml Magrath

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Proposed by D O’Grady seconded by Geo Studdert.

Resolved that John Whitstone Esq, Barony Collector for Clonderlaw be appointed to collect the Poor Rates of the different Electoral Divisions comprised in the Barony of Clonderlaw at a remuneration of 4d in the carried by a Majority of 18 to 14

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Proposed by Daniel OGrady Seconded by Benjamin Cox. Resolved
That from the depreciation of Agricultural produce in our Union & the fall in the value of land together with the Poor Rates we are compelled to strike, we request the Commissioners of Poor Laws will sanction a New Valuation of the Union.

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Proposed by Benjamin Cox, Seconded by Daniel OGrady Resolved
That a Committee of the Board be held on Tuesday 11 Decemr. to investigate the whole of the proceedings connected with the Temporary Fever Hospitals & Medical Establishments in the Union. The following Gentlemen were appointed on the Committee - Colonel Vandeleur, Robert Borough, Daniel OGrady, Doctor Donovan, Benjamin Cox, Francis ODonnell, George Taylor, Denis Hynes.

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The following Orders of the Poor Law Commissioners were laid before the Board and directions given thereon, as follows :

Captain Kennedy handed in a Bill of Expenses for the conveyance of Bessy Conway, the child of a Convict, to Dublin which he had himself disbursed.
Captain Kennedy laid a Map of the Kildysert Premises before the Board with the view of having it forwarded to the Poor Law Commns.
Captain Kennedy laid a letter before the Board from Mr. Foley tendering his store as an Auxiliary Workhouse.
The Clerk laid an Eviction Notice on the table at the suit of Wm Copping Esq @ Daniel OGrady

The following Letters from the Poor Law Commissioners and others were read by the Clerk, and directions given to answer them respectively, to the following effect, (or Orders made on them respectively, as follows:)

The 1st of the 1st Dec/No. 70.500/49 relative to the Register of Owners Statements   of Claims to vote in Election of Guardians
  " 2     "     " same date No. 74200/49. with enquires annexed relative to Assist. Schoolmaster, Schoolmistress & Matron.
  " 3     "     " 3rd Dec No. 75293/49 directing that the Weekly Abstracts of Rate collected should be sent through Captain Kennedy
  " 4     "     " 5 Dec No. 731. M/49 relative to the Return of Liabilities for October last.
  " 5     "     " 6 Dec No. 76.664/49 relative to the appointment of Collectors.
  " 6     "     " 7th Dec No. 75380/49 sanctioning John Bolands appointment as Porter at Leadmore.
  " 7     "     " same date No. 76175/49 enclosing copy of a letter from Mr Wm Brew Poor Rate Collector
  " 8     "     " same date (to the Returning Officer) relative to the recent Election of Guardians
  " 9     "     " same date No. 74.184/49 relative to the disqualification of Mr James Reidy for the office of Guardian for Knock Electoral Division
  " 10     "     " same date No. 75.380/49 requiring to know the grounds on which the Guardians deem a New Valuation necessary
The 11th of the same date No. 75423/49 accompanying Copy of a Memorial signed by Reverend Mr Comyn and others praying that Dr. Tuite may be appointed Medical officer for Kilkee District
  " 12     "     " same date. Circular No. 736 - M49.
  " 13     "     " same Date         "      "   738 - M/49
  " 14     "     " 8 Decr.             "       "   739 - M/49
  " 15     "     " same date relative to a Report from the Medical Officer of the Workhouse

It being now 6 o Clock the Board adjourned to Monday the 10th December Inst, when the following business was transacted.

Proposed by George Taylor seconded by Denis Hynes Resolved that the sanction of the Commrs. be requested to proceed, against the undermentioned Immediate Lessors in the Superior Courts all applications for the Rates having failed.

John Westropp of Athyflin Co Limerick                                    28 :    11 :    2
Wm Monsell Hodges Donogrouge                                               12 :    17 :    2
John Westropp Coolreigh Co Clare                                              16 :    17 :    2
Jas Patk OGorman Mahon M.P.                                                 37 :      8 :    9
John Bindon Scott Cahercon Co Clare                                        36 :      5 :    0
        Do                          Do                                                         20 :      0 :    0
Chs W. Smith Silverhills Moneyegll Tip.                                    20 .    17 :    8
Edward Moroney Dunaha                                                          24 :      3 :    5

The Clerk read the following Letter from Mr Alexr. Mc Mahon. Poor Rate Collector.
                                                                                                                                                        Decemr. 8 /49
Sir.
As one of the unsuccessful candidates for the Collection of Rates in Kilrush Electoral Division of the above Union & as a Rate Payer of said Division I protest against the appointment of Mr Wm Brew to that office in my stead on the grounds that his brother and father-in-law are both Members of your Board and these circumstances taken into account I respectfully submit he is disqualified from holding any situation under your Board
                                                                                                    (Signed)
                                                                                                                Alexander Mc Mahon.

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 Resolved that having been refused further Supplies by Mr Russell & other contractors or any advance of Money by the treasurer we call the attention of the Commissioners to the awful state of the Union. With Twelve thousand on the Out door Relief List without rations for the current week, over Two thousand inmates in the Workhouse and auxiliaries and no provisions for their next Meal except turnips which has been their principle food for the last two days and we feel satisfied that unless immediate assistance be sent us the consequences will be fearful in the extreme.

The Board entreat the Commissioners to take into consideration the state in which the finances of the Union were handed over to them by their predecessors leaving a debt not including Building instalments of fully 13.000. of which 1600. was an over drawn account on Treasurer. Eight thousand pounds due to Mr Russell and smaller sums to other merchants in the Town. Several Cheques of the late Vice Guardians dishonoured and no available resources except the Weekly collection or the outstanding arrears of a date made Eight months since which collection was greatly retarded by the dismissal of two of the Collectors by the Commissioners for charges brought against them before an Election also by the failure of a prosecution for a rescue and a dismissal upon some processes brought by another collector at the last sessions when it was decided by the Barrister (in consequence of some irregularity in the Books produced) that the prosecution was illegal and this report greatly exaggerated flew through the Country and encouraged resistance to the payment of the rates all of which circumstances tended to embarrass the new Board.

That upon the Second day of Meeting Viz. the 10th ult which was as soon as they could see their way (many of the Board being "new hands") they made a rate of 3/- in the pound, not that they considered it at all adequate but it was the opinion of the Majority that a higher rate would be disheartening to the Ratepayers for the present and that probably as much money would be received as from a higher rate and in a shorter time.
That the Board do not desire to avoid any legal responsibility thrown upon them as they evinced by the fact of some of them making themselves personally responsible for the last Week’s food nor to Spare themselves in any way if the Commissioners will only show them what to do, but they are fully convinced that nothing but an advance of money can take them out of their present difficulties and they therefore implore of the Commissioners not to lose a minute in applying to the Lords of the Treasury for Relief and the Board feel themselves relieved of all moral responsibility having laid this statement of the facts before the Commissioners.
Note - a copy of this resolution was forwarded to the Commissioners on Thursday the 6th Instant

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Medical Report week ended 8th December 49
Number in Infirmary by last report                      171
Admitted during the Week                                    39
                                                                            210
Discharged                              10
Sent to Fever Hospital              "
Died                                          4                          14
Remaining in Infirmary this day                        196.
        In Girls dysentery wards                              11.
         " Girls Skin disease wards                           63.
         " Boys         Ditto                                         61.
         " Small Pock wards                                       7.
         " Other Dormitories                                      7
Total under Medical treatment                           345
Deaths Viz
In Infirmary            4
other dormitories     3
                               7

(Signed) Crofton M. Vandeleur

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