Sunday, 23 October 2016

Ancestry adds RIC pension records & Belfast Newsletter update

Ancestry ( has released an important new collection of records cioncerning pension payments to members of the Royal Irish Constabulary from 1873-1925. The following are the details:

Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions, 1873-1925

Source: Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions PMG 48. The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.

The Royal Irish Constabulary was an eighty-percent Irish Catholic police force which, between 1814 and 1922, employed some eighty-five thousand men. This collection comprises the records of pension payments to retired officers, their widows and children.

This Collection:

For each record, details given include, where available:

Full names of officers
Date of authority
Date of commencement
Pension per annum
Where paid

For deceased officers it provides the names of their widows and children, and how much they each received in allowances each month or a quarter. Some volumes contain records of five offices’ payment details for three consecutive years on a single page. Other volumes record widows’ and children’s payment details for a year, with three families on each page. It also records the officer's date of death in his/her yearly payment details section.

NB: Ancestry also has an index already available for RIC members, in the form of its Ireland, The Royal Irish Constabulary 1816-1921 collection at

Also updated is the Belfast Newsletter indexes to intimations columns, which are now extended to 1828-1877. The indexes are accessible at the following collection, with browsable images available for for earlier and later periods also:

Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925


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