I have been doing some work this week looking at the links between the Belfast Charitable Society and the Belfast Chamber of Commerce of which there are many. One of the most surprising things I found relates to missing information.
There has been great debate over many years about the “missing” Minute Books belonging to the Belfast Charitable Society which would have covered the period of the 1798 Rebellion. Our Minute Books finish in 1794 and recommence in 1800. It is not known whether another volume ever existed, or it was purposely removed or accidentally destroyed. Despite all of my searching I have not found any evidence of these Minutes.
It’s intriguing as many of the same people who were involved with the Belfast Charitable Society were also members of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce. I shall now be looking to other organisations who were operating at this time to see whether they have records which cover this period. I will keep you posted 🙂