Researching Irish Attornies and Barristers


Up to 1867, in order to be admitted to the King's Inns Society it was necessary to become either a barrister or attorney (solicitor). Roman Catholics were excluded until 1794. To gain admission to the society as either an apprentice (to become a solicitor) or a student (to become a barrister), a good deal of family information had to be submitted. The earlier papers relating to admission are incomplete, but what survives has been published in King's Inns admission papers, 1607-1867, edited by Edward Keane, P. Beryl Phair and Thomas U. Sadleir (Dublin: Stationery Office, for the IMC, 1982, available on the digitisation backlist at A companion volume, omitting solicitors, is Kenneth Ferguson's King's Inns barristers, 1868-2004 (Dublin: King's Inns, 2005).

In following the later careers of lawyers, directories (in particular Dublin directories) are the major source.

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