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*Tracing Your Roots > Irish > Irish Records In the UK
* Reproductive Loans 
 
The Irish Reproductive Loan Fund was a micro credit scheme set up in 1824 to provide small loans to the 'industrious poor'. Local associations and committees administered the scheme, most often from a small town in a rural area, and county committees oversaw their work. The records of the local associations and county committees are in the The National Archives record series (PRO) T91. They cover the years 1824 to 1846 for counties Cork, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary in Munster, and Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo in Connacht.

As well as the notes of security for the loans, there are loan ledgers, repayment books and defaulters' books. The minimum information supplied is address and occupation, but much additional detail is often given in the local association records, including notes on health, family circumstances and emigration. The local records generally run from the late 1830s to the mid-1840s and are available for the following associations:

Roscommon: Aughnasurn, Ballinlough, Ballymoe, Clonfinlough, Elphin, Mosshill, Rockville, Tybohan
Sligo: Templehouse
Mayo: Ballina or Carramore, Ballindine, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, Claremorris, Kilmore, Swineford
Galway: Ahascragh, Ballygar, Castle Hackett, Clifden, Kilconickny, Outerard, Galway Town
Cork: Baltimore, Castletown, Castle Townsend, Cloyne, Creagh, Kilmoe and Crookhaven, Schull
Tipperary: Tipperary Town


Creators: John Grenham

 
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