Irish Quaker Collection
Findmypast has over 2 million Quaker records, including over 1.5 million exclusive Irish Quaker records. This unique collection will help you trace your ancestors in the Religious Society of Friends back over 300 years.
The Religious Society of Friends in Ireland
Findmypast's Irish Quaker collection includes over 1.5 million records collected from national, regional and local Quaker meetings and includes, in part, births, marriages, deaths, disownments and testimonials, and migration records. These date back to the mid-1600s continuing to the present-day. While the Quaker community is comparatively small, it has amassed a prolific collection of records, thanks to principles established since the first Quaker Meeting was held in England in 1652.
Two years later the first Meeting in Ireland, that we know of, was held in William Edmundson’s home in Lurgan, Co. Armagh. The movement spread throughout the greater part of the country and in 1670 an all-Ireland meeting was held in Dublin. Such national meetings were held twice a year until 1792, since when they have been annual in Dublin and other centres. Quakers from their earliest times have endeavoured to adhere to the teaching of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospels and interpreted over the centuries by Quaker and other preachers and writers. A basic principle put forward by their founder George Fox was ‘to walk cheerfully over the world answering to that of God’ in every person. Essential features include a belief in equality of all in the sight of God so that there is no priesthood. Clerks, who administer meetings are appointed for periods of a few years only and are required to serve rather than lead the assemblage. These practices led to a recognition of the importance of the written record and explain the abundance of information assembled in this website.
Due to data protection laws, the personal information on the site ends in 1914, 100 years before the manuscripts were digitised. It is intended that updates will take place from time to time. Current information on the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland is available on the website quakers-in-ireland.ie. The website includes details of the Meetings for Worship held on Sundays throughout the country. These meetings are public and extend a warm welcome to visitors.
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