Dublin: James Duffy & Co., 1911. Quarto. pp. 205. Green cloth, title in gilt on upper cover and along spine. A very good copy. Scarce.
A most valuable reference work on the Cromwellian transplantation. The original Hearth Money Rolls were destroyed by fire in the Four Courts, Dublin in 1922, this work is the only extant record of those historic documents. The Hearth Tax was introduced to Ireland in 1662. Arranged by county, parish and, usually, townland, the Hearth Money Rolls list the names of householders who were liable to pay tax at the rate of two shillings on every hearth or fireplace they had, in every parish in each barony that could afford to pay. Some people were exempt from the tax and, of course, others managed to evade paying it. Persons living on alms, or persons not able to work, or persons who had a house or lands worth less than eight pounds per annum and with property valued at less than four pounds.
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