The Bailieborough Poor Law Union covered an area of 138 square miles. An elected Board of Guardians, oversaw its operation 18 in number, representing its 11 electoral divisions as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one): Co. Cavan: Bailieborough (3), Crossbane, Killenkere, Kingscourt (3), Shercock (2), Skeagh (2), Termon (2). Co. Meath: Ardagh, Moybolgue, Newcastle, Tullyarran.
The Board also included 4 ex officio Guardians, making a total of 22. The Guardians met each week on Monday. These weekly meetings were reported in The Anglo Celt.