Source Information Ireland, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Pensioner Discharge Documents, 1724-1924 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
Original data: Royal Hospital, Kilmainham: Pensioners' Discharge Documents WO 119. The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.

About Ireland, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Pensioner Discharge Documents, 1724-1924

Historical Context

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, located near Dublin, Ireland, dates back to 1680 and provided a home for retired soldiers for the around 250 years. While some pensioners surrendered their pension to the hospital and lived there (“in-pensioners”), many more lived outside the confines and received their pensions elsewhere (“out-pensioners”). Pensions from the Royal Hospital Kilmainham were administered to soldiers who had served for at least 12 years in the British Army and were discharged from Irish regiments, as well as from some English, Scottish and Welsh units. Most pensions for non-Irish regiments were administered by the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

This Collection

This collection is made up of discharge documents for pensioners who served between 1724 and 1924. For each record, details may include a brief description of the pensioner together with age, place of birth, particulars of service and the reason for discharge.

Note:This collection contains an index to records transcribed from the discharge documents. To view images of the documents on, you will need an Ancestry All Access subscription.