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Ireland -- Internal Rates 1657-1839

Following the greater legislative freedom of the Parliament of Ireland under the Constitution of 1782, a completely separate Irish Post Office was set up in 1784 under the control of that Parliament, which set its own rates. The post office in Ireland remained separate even after the parliament itself was abolished as of 1st January 1801 under the Acts of Union, and was not brought under direct control from London until 1831.

Rates were set in Irish currency until 1826, and mileages were measured in Irish miles (= 1.27 English miles) throughout. A letter between two places in the "country" that passed through Dublin originally paid two separate charges (to and from the capital); from 1814 the charge was based on the total distance travelled., which would often lessen the cost.

Letters between Britain and Ireland were charged separate British and Irish rates until 1827 -- see separate page.

Date Auth. Mileage Single Double Treble Ounce +ea.
Ľoz
Notes
1657
(Jun)
Act 1657 c.30 Up to 40 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d Packets 8d per oz
Above 40 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d Packets 1s per oz
Single & double rates specified, "and so proportionably". Rates for packets "of greater bulk" appear to be for legal papers etc

Currency and mile unit not specified (English?)
1660
(5 Oct)
12 Cha 2 c.35 Up to 40 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d Packets 8d per oz
Above 40 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d Packets 1s per oz
Single & double rates specified, "and proportionably to the same rates for every pacquet of letters". Rates for packets "of greater bulke" appear to be for legal papers etc

Rates in English currency, distances in English miles
1711
(1 Jun)
9 Anne c.10 Up to 40 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d From now on packet rates for "writs, deeds, and other things" were equivalent to the oz rate
Above 40 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
1765
(10 Oct)
5 Geo 3 c.25 One post stage 1d 2d 3d 4d +1d
Up to 40 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d
Above 40 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
1784
(1 Aug)
23/24 Geo 3 (Irish) c.17 Up to 15 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d Rates in Irish currency,
distances in Irish miles
15-30 miles 3d 6d 9d 1s +3d
Above 30 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
1797
(25 Mar)
37 Geo 3 (Irish) c.11 Up to 15 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d
15-30 miles 3d 6d 9d 1s +3d
30-50 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
50-80 miles 5d 10d 1s 3d 1s 8d +5d
Above 80 miles 6d 1s 1s 6d 2s +6d
1805
(5 Apr)
45 Geo 3 c.21 Up to 15 miles 3d 6d 9d 1s +3d
15-30 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
30-50 miles 5d 10d 1s 3d 1s 8d +5d
50-80 miles 6d 1s 1s 6d 2s +6d
Above 80 miles 7d 1s 2d 1s 9d 2s 4d +7d
1810
(26 Jun)
50 Geo 3 c.74 Up to 15 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
15-30 miles 5d 10d 1s 3d 1s 8d +5d
30-50 miles 6d 1s 1s 6d 2s +6d
50-80 miles 7d 1s 2d 1s 9d 2s 4d +7d
Above 80 miles 8d 1s 4d 2s 2s 8d +8d
1813
(14 Jun)
53 Geo 3 c.58 Up to 10 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d
10-20 miles 3d 6d 9d 1s +3d
20-30 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
30-40 miles 5d 10d 1s 3d 1s 8d +5d
40-50 miles 6d 1s 1s 6d 2s +6d
50-60 miles 7d 1s 2d 1s 9d 2s 4d +7d
60-80 miles 8d 1s 4d 2s 2s 8d +8d
80-100 miles 9d 1s 6d 2s 3d 3s +9d
Above 100 miles 10d 1s 8d 2s 6d 3s 4d +10d
1814
(3 Aug)
54 Geo 3 c.119 Up to 7 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d Letters now paid one charge according to total distance, whether passing through Dublin or not
7-15 miles 3d 6d 9d 1s +3d
15-25 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
25-35 miles 5d 10d 1s 3d 1s 8d +5d
35-45 miles 6d 1s 1s 6d 2s +6d
45-55 miles 7d 1s 2d 1s 9d 2s 4d +7d
55-65 miles 8d 1s 4d 2s 2s 8d +8d
65-90 miles 9d 1s 6d 2s 3d 3s +9d
90-120 miles 10d 1s 8d 2s 6d 3s 4d +10d
120-150 miles 11d 1s 10d 2s 9d 3s 8d +11d
150-200 miles 1s 2s 3s 4s +1s
200-250 miles 1s 1d 2s 2d 3s 3d 4s 4d +1s 1d
250-300 miles 1s 2d 2s 4d 3s 6d 4s 8d +1s 2d
Each extra 100 miles +1d +2d +3d +4d +1d
1826
(5 Jan)
6 Geo 4 c.79 Up to 7 miles 1d 2d 3d 4d +1d Rates now to be collected in British currency -- Irish Post Office interpretation was to simply reduce them by 1d per sheet throughout
7-15 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d
15-25 miles 3d 6d 9d 1s +3d
25-35 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
35-45 miles 5d 10d 1s 3d 1s 8d +5d
45-55 miles 6d 1s 1s 6d 2s +6d
55-65 miles 7d 1s 2d 1s 9d 2s 4d +7d
65-90 miles 8d 1s 4d 2s 2s 8d +8d
90-120 miles 9d 1s 6d 2s 3d 3s +9d
120-150 miles 10d 1s 8d 2s 6d 3s 4d +10d
150-200 miles 11d 1s 10d 2s 9d 3s 8d +11d
200-250 miles 1s 2s 3s 4s +1s
250-300 miles 1s 1d 2s 2d 3s 3d 4s 4d +1s 1d
Each extra 100 miles +1d +2d +3d +4d +1d
1827
(5 Jul)
7/8 Geo 4 c.21 Up to 7 miles 2d 4d 6d 8d +2d Rates of 1814 restored, but to be collected in British currency
7-15 miles 3d 6d 9d 1s +3d
15-25 miles 4d 8d 1s 1s 4d +4d
25-35 miles 5d 10d 1s 3d 1s 8d +5d
35-45 miles 6d 1s 1s 6d 2s +6d
45-55 miles 7d 1s 2d 1s 9d 2s 4d +7d
55-65 miles 8d 1s 4d 2s 2s 8d +8d
65-90 miles 9d 1s 6d 2s 3d 3s +9d
90-120 miles 10d 1s 8d 2s 6d 3s 4d +10d
120-150 miles 11d 1s 10d 2s 9d 3s 8d +11d
150-200 miles 1s 2s 3s 4s +1s
200-250 miles 1s 1d 2s 2d 3s 3d 4s 4d +1s 1d
250-300 miles 1s 2d 2s 4d 3s 6d 4s 8d +1s 2d
Each extra 100 miles +1d +2d +3d +4d +1d