Provenance: Poor Law Union Naas
Series: Minute Books of the Board of Guardians
Series Code: PLUN/M/1-35
Format: Bound Volume
Description: Minutes of proceedings at the weekly meeting of the Naas Board of Guardians. Contains weekly statistical information on the state of the workhouse. Information recorder under headings which include ‘number of inmates for which accommodation is provided’, ‘workhouse’, ‘temporary buildings’, ‘additional workhouse’, ‘fever hospital’ and ‘fever sheds’. Also ‘numbers admitted during the week’, ‘numbers discharged or died’ and ‘number of lunatics and idiots in workhouse’. Record of out-door relief also given, including ‘relief district’ and ‘no. of cases relieved’.
Each meeting records the name of the chairman and the board members in attendance. The agenda at the meeting typically included the reading of the clerk’s report, an examination of the Workhouse and Outdoor Relief Registers, the cost of ‘provisions and necessaries’, the treasurers book of receipt, the clothing accounts and Medical Officers book and the report of the Master of the Workhouse or other officers. Letters from the Poor Law Commissioners are read into the minute and any additional business dealt with, including staff absences, sick leave, adverts for tenders and medical expenses for the dispensary districts. Each minute book contains an alphabetical index.