The Poor Law Union of Strabane covered much of North Co. Tyrone and across the Foyle River in East Donegal. Parishes falling within the Union in CO. TYRONE were: Donagheady (part), Leckpatrick, Camus (Strabane), Urney (part), and Ardstraw (part); in CO. DONEGAL: Urney (part), Clonleigh, Raphoe (part) and Taughboyne (part).
The Union Workhouse was located in Strabane on the Derry Road; a section of which survives as the offices of Derry & Strabane District Council. Workhouses were grim places in an era prior to social security and pensions, and only the destitute and desperate sought admission.
The following gentleman were appointed to the several medical committees of the Union February 24 1852:
NO. 5: RAPHOE DISTRICT
1. Marquis of ABERCORN, Baronscourt, Newtownstewart
2. Robert G. MONTGOMERY, Esq., Convoy House, Convoy, Raphoe
3. Raphoe Electoral Division: Joseph BROWN
4. Mr David McCONAGHY, Tullydonnell, Raphoe
5. Mr Harvey TAYLOR, Craighadoos, St. Johnstown
6. Mr Henry J. HAMILTON, Trentagh, St. Johnston
7. Mr Alexander WHITE, Clashygowan, St. Johnstown
8. Lord Edward CHICHESTER, Deanery, Raphoe
9. Mr William WITHEROW, Ardvarnock, Raphoe
10. Mr Alexander FINDLAY*, Tullyrap, Raphoe
11. Mr Joseph CHAMBERS, Brockagh, Raphoe
12. Mr James ALEXANDER, Drummenan, St. Johnston
13. Mr Samuel RAMSAY, Raphoe
Further Raphoe Parish records can be viewed here:
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