Clare Grand Jury

Repository: Clare County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleClare Grand Jury
Archive ReferenceIE CL GJ
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1732-1900
Level of DescriptionFonds
Extent Medium45 volumes


Creator(s): Clare Grand Jury

  • Administrative History ↴

    Grand Juries were active in Ireland from Medieval times. Landowners, slected by the Sheriff of the County formed the Grand Jury. Grand Juries had no corporate existence, they were discharged by the Judge of Assize. Before the assizes, presentment sessions were called, where proposals for work to be done were considered and submitted to the Grand Jury for ratification. Grand Juries were responsible for the building and repair of roads, bridges and the construction of courthouses, levying for support of hospitals, lunatic asylums, schools and prisons. Clare's Grand Jury's administrative functions were taken over by Clare County Council and the Rural District and Urban District Councils in 1899.
  • Archival History ↴

    Official transfer
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Clare Grand Jury ↴

    Clare County Archives contains a collection of forty-two volumes of grand jury presentments dating from 1784 to 1792, and 1870 to 1900. In addition, the archives holds letters and circulars to the grand jury, and a volume listing the names of judges, sheriffs and grand jury members for the Spring and Summer meetings in Clare from 1732 to 1882.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Arranged in date order

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access arranged by appointment with the archivist
Creation Dates1732-1900
Level of DescriptionFonds
Extent Medium45 volumes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteClare County Archivist
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions16-May-11