300th Anniversary of the Registry of Deeds Act

On 10 July 2007 An Post issued a 78c stamp to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Registry of Deeds Act. Designed by Ger Garland, the stamp depicts an image of bound books, containing records held in the Registry of Deeds.

The Act setting up the Registry of Deeds was one of the Penal laws and provides a system of registration of deeds and conveyances affecting land.

Registration is based on a Memorial filed in the Registry of Deeds. This Memorial contains the history and provenance of all deeds registered since 1708. Approximately five million Memorials are filed in the Registry. As an invaluable resource of genealogical research, these deeds record all dealings with property in Ireland, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Many famous and influential figures in Irish history have signed these Memorials from Jonathan Swift, Wolfe Tone, Henry Grattan and Daniel O'Connell, to more modern figures such as William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, William Cosgrave and Eamonn de Valera.

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