CollectionCavan County Rate Books
Collection DescriptionUntil recent times, the main income of local authorities was derived from rates charged on property. Before the introduction of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, the principal local taxes were the county cess (collected by the Grand Jury), the poor rate (collected by the Boards of Guardians) and various rates paid in towns including water and improvement rates. After the 1898 Act, the rates were amalgamated into the poor rate for the county. In municipal areas there were additional rates made for particular which were consolidated into one municipal rate during the period 1930-46. County councils, county boroughs and borough corporations and urban district councils are rating authorities, but since 1946 town commissioners are not. The main archives created by the rating activities of local authorities are rate books. These volumes record the names and addresses of ratepayers and the amounts paid. They are arranged by electoral division and townland. The amount due in rates is based on the valuation of the property as set out in the valuation list. The rate books were written annually with the amounts due by each ratepayer and were open for public inspection for a period [Cavan County Archives].
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Rate Books for County Cavan, arranged by electoral division and townland. 

AccessBy prior appointment

A descriptive list for Cavan County Rate Books is available here.

Repository NameCavan County Archives
AddressJohnston Central Library Farnham Street Cavan
EircodeH12 A3T1
Telephone(049) 4378500
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CommentThe information listed from this repository and included in the original Directory was extracted from some lists available in the archive. Where no lists existed, staff of the Women's History Project constructed an outline list of the material. Due to time constraints, not all items in this repository were examined individually. We are grateful for the assistance of provided by Josephine Brady, the County Librarian and Tom Sullivan.