Ireland, Catholic Qualification & Convert Rolls, 1701-1845
Microfilm of original records at the Public Records Office in Dublin. During the 1700's, Catholics were restricted from owning property, holding public office, and voting. Due to these restrictions some chose to renounce their religion and convert to the Church of Ireland. In addition to church rites participation, they were also required to file a certificate in a court of law. Multiple courts had the authority to grant these rights. Courts include: King's Bench, Common Pleas, Quarter Sessions of the Peace, and Assizes. The original rolls were kept by the Chancery Court Rolls Office until 1867, at which time they were transferred to the Public Records Office. The original documents were destroyed by a fire in 1922, but these calendars survive.