RDS: First Meeting of the Dublin Society (1731)

The minutes of the first meeting record that the aim of the foundation of the Dublin Society was for “improving husbandry, manufactures and other useful arts…” in Ireland. The first meeting was attended by 14 men chiefly drawn from the land-owning classes of Ireland.

On the 18th December 1731, the Dublin Society made provision for a Library. The minutes of that date record that a secretary should be appointed to care for the books of the Dublin Society and that the Society should collect, “all works, journals, and transactions which should be published by other Societies and by private persons, and might contain any useful improvement in nature or art...”