Thursday, 12 September 2013

BIFHSGO receives a copy of the Morpeth Roll

A copy of The Morpeth Roll has now been received for the BIFHSGO Library. It should be available sometime next week at the Library which is housed at the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive.

When Lord Morpeth ended his term as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1841 about 150,000 signatures were placed on the roll of thanks. With a population of 8 million plus the Morpeth Roll is a significant list of names of some 3-4% of Ireland's population in 1841 although often without any other information but name. Good luck determining which of 86 John Smiths is yours!

The roll is available indexed on Ancestry.

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