Religious Society of Friends (Cork and Munster)

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleReligious Society of Friends (Cork and Munster)
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/U622
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1650-1909
Extent Medium32 microfilm reels (covering 81 original items)


Creator(s): Society of Friends, ‘Quakers’ (Cork and Munster)

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Religious Society of Friends was founded by the 17th century by Christian visionary George Fox. Its members came to be known as ‘Quakers’. William Edmundson, a former Cromwellian soldier established the Society’s first meeting for worship in Ireland in 1654. The Quakers have had a presence in Cork since the 1650s. George Fox visited Cork in 1669. Many Cork Quakers were involved in trade, and were respected for their honesty and industry. During the 19th century the Beale, Pike, and Newsom families, and other Quakers, were successful merchants and industrialists in Cork. During the Great Famine (1845-48) the Cork Quakers won the affection of the people for their efforts to alleviate suffering. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) meeting house in Cork city was located at Grattan Street, Cork from 1677, and at Summerhill South from 1939. Meetings were also held at Bandon, Charleville and Youghal in County Cork.
  • Archival History ↴

    Microfilming of Cork and Munster archives of the Society of Friends held at Historical Library, Rathfarnham, Dublin, took place in 2006. Project was jointly funded by the Society of Friends, the Heritage Council and Archives. Many of the original records would previously have been kept in the Cork Meeting House but were later transferred to the Quaker Library in Dublin.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Society of Friends, ‘Quakers’ (Cork and Munster) ↴

    Microfilm copies of Cork Society of Friends archives. Including: Minutes of Cork Meetings and Munster Provincial Meetings, Men’s and Women’s Meetings, Ministers, Elders and Oversight Minutes, Testimonies of Disunity and Epistles, Family Lists, Copies of Marriage Certificates, Marriage Register, Female Bounty Fund, Treasurers Accounts, Certificates of Removal, Lists of Members, Minutes of Poor Committee. Minutes of Bandon, Charleville and Youghal Meetings.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Arranged by reel number, original order and date.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket. Records are in microfilm format.
Conditions Governing ReproductionSubject to rules governing reproduction of records of CCCA.
Creation Dates1650-1909
Extent Medium32 microfilm reels (covering 81 original items)
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Summary Descriptive List Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationSociety of Friends Historical Library, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Related MaterialCCCA: U625 Abraham Abell material
Publication NoteRichard Harrison, 'Cork City Quakers 1655-1939', 1991

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions38991