Ireland, Irish Revenue Police 1830-1857 contains over 37,000 records that list the details of men who served with the Irish Revenue police between 1830 and 1857. The Irish Revenue Police were formed to work with the Customs and Excise Service to prohibit illegal distillation or liquors and spirits or poteen (poitín) making.
As officers often found themselves going up against armed gangs of bootleggers, the IRP was an armed force. The privates worked in groups or parties and the first stations were set up in Sligo and Ballina in 1818. Over time, the number of stations grew to 500 stations and, in 1845, the force was split into two districts, Northern and Southern. Most of the members were stationed on the west coast of Ireland. In 1857, an enquiry commission found that the Irish Revenue Police were so effective in reducing illegal distilling that the force was no longer needed and the Irish Constabulary would take over its responsibilities. Many members of the Irish Revenue Police subsequently enlisted in the Irish Constabulary.
Each record consists of a transcript and a scanned image of the original document held at National Archives in Kew. Transcripts will include a combination of your ancestors name, station or address and the date the records was taken. Images will provide further particulars about your ancestor. There are various types of documents available to view such as lists of new appointments, which will give you the date of your ancestor's appointment, which corps he was assigned to and who appointed him. Minutes of appointments, which recorded transfers of privates between stations or parties and dismissal records are also available.