The Irish religious censuses of the 1760s

IMC is delighted to announce the publication of ‘The Irish religious censuses of the 1760s: Catholics and Protestants in eighteenth-century Ireland’ by Brian Gurrin, Kerby A Miller and Liam Kennedy.

This publication presents parish-level returns from the two national religious surveys conducted in Ireland during the 1760s — by the hearth-money collectors (1764–5) and the parish ministers of the Established Church (1766). Data are presented for over 1400 parishes, some including information on households. Organised by administrative divisions and including colour distribution maps for each county, they provide a wealth of demographic and social information for late eighteenth-century Ireland. The sources on which these data are based are scattered in large and small repositories across Ireland and this is the first time they have been brought together in one volume.

The religious estimates for this period provide a link between the population data provided by the poll tax survey of 1660 and that of the 1831–4 report on religious numbers and religious observance.

This highly anticipated edition is presented in A4 format with full colour maps and charts. It can be purchased from our online store here. Our limited time special offers on our most popular census editions can be viewed here.