Containing over 7,000 records, Clare County Government Proceedings 1732 – 1882 record the members, presentments and correspondence of Clare’s Grand jury. Grand juries were the forerunner of county councils and functioned as local government authorities. They had to present their proposals and budgets in court for official sanction by a judge at twice yearly assizes and would test the evidence in any serious criminal case due to come before the courts for trial before the case was handed over to the trial jury.
Each record is a PDF of the original material. The amount of information varies as several different types of document are included in these records. Members of the Grand Jury dating back to 1668 are listed by name and (usually) rank, and there are 42 volumes of payment orders for various works around the county (presentments). Letters and circulars to the Grand Jury are also to be found.