Sample Grand Jury Book and Presentments Co. Antrim, 1712 Cork Records Having Being Lost.
From the end of the 17th century local administration was carried out by the Grand Juries. This was a body comprising the County Lieutenants and the Magistrates. When they sat for ‘presentments’ they voted money for public works such as the building of roads or bridges.
The administration of the works was controlled by the County Surveyor and the financial end by the County Treasurer. In the early 19th century the Cork County Treasurer was De La Cour and he reported regularly to the Imperial Parliament in Westminster.
It would appear that little of the early records for Cork have survived, sometimes in old newspapers the deliberations of the Grand Jury are reported.
This is a sample from Co. Antrim presumably the same would apply throughout the island.