Archive of the Chief Secretary of Ireland online
Archive of the Chief Secretary of Ireland at www.nationalarchives.ie
The National Archives of Ireland has begun to make available an online catalogue of the registered papers of the Office of Chief Secretary of Ireland from 1818 to 1852. The first phase of the project is complete and can be searched at
It covers the years 1818, 1819, 1820, 1821 and 1822. As well as the online catalogue the site contains an explanation of the Office of the Chief Secretary and a historical commentary for each year completed to date.
Known as the Crowley project, it is a five year project at the National Archives of Ireland, to catalogue to international archival standards, the registered papers of the Office of Chief Secretary of Ireland from 1818 to 1852, in order to facilitate public access to one of the most valuable sources of original material for research on Ireland in the first half of the nineteenth century. The project also employs a dedicated conservator to conserve the papers once they are listed.
The project was made possible by a bequest from the late Professor Francis J Crowley. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Professor Crowley was educated at Yale and Princeton, and became a professor of French at the University of California at Los Angeles. Both his parents were born in Ireland, and in his will he bequeathed most of his estate to the Republic of Ireland to be used for the preservation of records of the history of the Irish people. Work commenced on the project in September 2008. The items are available for consultation at the reading room of the National Archives of Ireland, according to usual procedures.
Cataloguing of the years 1823 and 1824 is currently in progress and these lists will be added to this website when complete.
This site is well worth a visit; a search KILDARE across all years currently available located 337 matches; a search for 1798 found 199 matches and so on.
The first item when in the results when a search for KILDARE was done was the following:
NAI REFERENCE: CSO/RP/1818/9
TITLE: Claim for payment of concordatum from Katherine Armstrong, Naas, County Kildare
SCOPE & CONTENT: Petition of Katherine Armstrong, Naas, County Kildare, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, Dublin Castle, requesting that her claim for financial assistance be presented to the Lord Lieutenant. ‘As a widow of an old acquaintance’ she appeals for ‘an addition to the small annuity of ten pounds already granted (through your kind interference) by Earl Whitworth’. Annotation added to back of document to state that concordatum cases will not be taken ‘into consideration until some time in the course of the ensuing month’.
EXTENT: 1 item; 2pp
DATE(S): 5 Sep 1818
DATE EARLY: 1818
DATE LATE: 1818
ORIGINAL REFERENCE: CSORP1818/A26
The National Archives of Ireland has begun to make available an online catalogue of the registered papers of the Office of Chief Secretary of Ireland from 1818 to 1852