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Representative Church Body Records

Following the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland under the terms of the Irish Church Act of 1869 the Representative Church Body was incorporated by charter in 1870 to hold in trust the real and movable property of the Church of Ireland.

Some members of the Representative Church Body
Some members of the Representative Church Body outside the RCB offices, 52 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, 1919


The reports of the Representative Church Body and its committees are published annually in the Journal of the General Synod. The Journal is supplied to British and Irish copyright libraries and is available for consultation in the RCB Library. Researchers intending to use RCB records should consult the Journal in the first instance.
Some more recent copies of the Journal are available by clicking here.

The Library holds records of the

Representative Church Body: minutes, 1870–1983
Committees of the Representative Church Body:–
 Central Church Fund: minutes, 1924–77
 Commutation Committee: minutes, 1870–1943; schedules, 1870–72
 Episcopal Emoluments Committee: minutes, 1959–1990
 Finance Committee: minutes, 1870–1989
 Glebes Committee: minutes, 1870–1993
 Investment Committee: minutes: 1948–93
 Legal Committee: minutes, 1870–1974; sealing books, 1885–1992
 Library & Archives Committee: minutes, 1939–
 Stipends Committee: minutes, 1961–90
Architectural drawings of churches, 19th cent. onwards
– please click here for a handlist

Architectural drawings of glebe houses, 19th cent. onwards
– please click here for a handlist

Please click here to access the Architectural Drawings website

Assents and consents to alterations in churches, 1875–2014
– please click here for a hand list

Clergy superannuation schedules, 1907–73

Inventories of church plate & parochial documents, 1893–1934

Mortgage loans ledgers, 1871–1947

The records of the Representative Church Body are subject to a 40 year access rule. Some classes of records are closed for longer periods.