In order to encourage growth of flax, particularly in Ulster, spinning wheels were distributed throughout Ireland in the year 1796. Recognizing that the names of the recipients of the spinning wheels would be of great value to genealogists, All-Ireland Heritage, Inc. has produced, on microfiche, a surname index of those recipients. This index covers the whole of Ireland and lists 52,641 names.
There are only two counties, Dublin and Wicklow, for which there are no references. For each name the county and civil parish of residence are noted if available (with the exception of Co. Longford, for which the barony is listed and not the civil parish).