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Ireland, W.P.W. Phillimore & Gertrude Thrift, Indexes to Irish Wills 1536-1858, 5 vols
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Record Type Probate
Collection years 1536-1858
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Ireland, W.P.W. Phillimore & Gertrude Thrift, Indexes to Irish Wills 1536-1858, 5 vols. Public Record Office, Dublin : n.d.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These five volumes were compiled from finding aids in use at the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) in Dublin. The volumes record surviving wills, then in existence at the PROI, which had been proved at local diocesan courts. Not every diocese is included as the project was still in progress when the archive was destroyed in 1922. These volumes are often the only record that a will existed. Volumes 1 and 2 edited by W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts) Phillimore, volumes 3-5 edited by Gertrude Thrift.

The contents of each volume are as follows:

  • v. 1, Ossory 1536-1800; Leighlin 1652- 1800; Ferns 1601-1800; Kildare 1661-1800
  • v. 2, Cork & Ross, 1584-1800; Cloyne 1621-1800
  • v. 3, Cashel & Emly 1618-1800; Waterford & Lismore 1645-1800; Killaloe & Kilfenora 1653-1800; Limerick 1615-1800; Ardfert & Aghadoe 1690-1800
  • v. 4, Dromore 1678-1858; Exempt jurisdiction of Newry and Mourne 1727-1858
  • v. 5, Derry 1612-1858; Raphoe 1684-1858

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The following information may be found in these records:

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  • Year of wiill

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