Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tracing the Royal Irish Constabulary in the UK by Ronan Killeen

Here is another e-mail I got about a year back for tracing the RIC in the National Archives of the UK though you won't see much difference between this e-mail and the one from the National Archives of Ireland

Dear Ronan,

With reference to your enquiry, the original service and pension records

of members of the Royal Irish Constabulary are in the custody of The

National Archives (UK), Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW4 9DU,


The National Archives holds microfilm copies of the R.I.C. service

registers which record such information on individual members of the

force as age on joining, any former occupation, height, religious

affiliation, by whom recommended, native county (but not name) of wife,

places in which stationed, any promotions and reason for leaving the


The information on R.I.C. members is recorded under each individual

member's service number. The service number of any member is obtained

by searching in the surname indexes to the service registers. However,

I regret that, because of the volume of requests for information we

receive, we are unable to devote the time necessary to undertake

searches in the surname indexes to determine service numbers. Unless it

is possible for us to be advised of an R.I.C. member's service number,

we have to request that persons seeking information relating to the

career of a former member of the R.I.C. visit our reading room to

conduct personally any such research.

The National Archives is open to the public between the hours of 10.00

am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday - with the exception of public

holidays. Archives are produced for inspection from 10.00 am to 4.30



Herlihy, J, The Dublin Metropolitan Police - A short history and

genealogical guide

(Dublin, 2001).

----------, The Royal Irish Constabulary - A complete list of officers

and men, 1816-1922, (Dublin, 1999).

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