As a quick appendix to my previous post on English statutes, here are the Statutes of Ireland from 1310 up to the Act of Union in 1800. I know little of Irish history, but as I’ve come across some very interesting material about debtors, prisons and even sanctuaries there, I’ve been drawn towards it, hence my sifting through the legislation.
There were three collections of the Irish statutes published in the eighteenth century. I haven’t found the first, dating from 1734, anywhere on the open internet. The second was edited by one J.G. Butler, published in 1765, and is incomplete in Google’s holdings. It appears that this series was continued up to 1800; the last volume I have found is numbered 19 and dated 1799. The third set was published from 1794 to 1801, goes right up to the Act of Union, and all volumes are to be found in Google Books. To wit:
- Volume 1: 1310-1662
- Volume 2: 1665-1712
- Volume 3: 1715-1733
- Volume 4: 1735-1759
- Volume 5: 1761-1772
- Volume 6: 1773-1780
- Volume 7: 1781-1785
- Volume 8: 1786
- Volume 9: 1789-1793
- Volume 10: 1794-1796
- Volume 11: 1797-1798
- Volume 12: 1799-1800
For the record, here are those volumes I have located of the 1765 series, The Statutes at Large, Passed in the Parliaments Held in Ireland, edited by James Goddard Butler, with the volumes continuing it to 1800.
- Volume 1: 1310-1612
- Volume 4: 1703-1719
- Volume 5: 1721-1731 and on Archive.org
- Volume 6: 1733-1747
- Volume 7: 1749-1761
- Volume 8: Indexes
- Volume 9: 1763-1767
- Volume 10: 1769-1776
- Volume 11: 1777-1780
- Volume 14: 1787-1789 (Hathi Trust)
- Volume 15: 1790-1791 (Hathi Trust)
- Volume 16: 1792-1793 (Hathi Trust)
- Volume 18: 1797-1798 (Hathi Trust)
- Volume 19: 1799
- Volume 20: 1800
Other sources: There is a very little pre-1800 Irish legislation on the UK legislation portal, and similarly a little at the Irish Statute Book. The Irish Legislation Database has detailed information concerning each act, but not their texts. A useful website from the University of Minnesota covers the anti-catholic Penal Laws. Wikipedia has two pages listing the acts, up to 1700 and from 1700 to 1800.
Update, 4 October 2015: 2 more volumes added to the 1765 series, nos. 5 and 9; and nos. 14 to 16 and 18, continuing this series after 1765. The latter are from the Hathi Trust archives; they allow full view of the digitization, but not downloading it.
Update, 4 October 2015: I have found some volumes from the first series, mentioned above. Going under the title Acts and Statutes Made in a Parliament begun in Dublin, it seems to have been published from the 1720s up to Butler’s consolidation in the 1760s. Being set in gothic type, its utility both for OCRing and plain reading is somewhat limited.