Ballaghkeen - Wexford Guide and Directory, 1885

About “Wexford County Guide and Directory,” 1885

George Henry Bassett produced 7 Irish county directories in the 1880s: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Kilkenny, Louth, Tipperary and Wexford. Each provides useful history of the respective counties as well as lists of office holders, farmers, traders, and other residents of the individual cities, towns and villages.

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The directories are naturally an invaluable resource for those tracing family history. However, there are a few points to bear in mind.

  1. This online version of Bassett’s Wexford County Guide and Directory is designed primarily as a genealogical research tool and therefore the numerous advertisements in the original book, many full page, and quite a few illustrated, have been excluded.
  2. The text has been proofed with due care, but with large bodies of text typographical errors are inevitably bound to occur.
  3. Be aware that there were often inconsistencies in spelling surnames in the 19th century and also that many forenames are abbreviated in Bassett’s directories.

With respect to the last point, surnames which today begin with the “Mc” prefix, for example, were often formerly spelt as “M‘,”. For a list of some of the more common forename abbreviations used in the directory, see Forename Abbreviations.

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A VILLAGE six and a-half miles, English, east of Enniscorthy, ten miles north of Wexford, and fourteen and a-half south of Gorey. The nearest railway station is Enniscorthy. It is situated at the base of a hill, and is sheltered from the north winds. The population is less than 100. A fowl market is held on Thursday.

Rev. J. Corish, C.C., Castle Ellis

Rev. Mr. Lindsay, Rector I.C., Castle Ellis

John Nolan, Postmaster

J. A. Ryan, Dispensary Doctor

T. and Mrs. M. Manning, teachers National School


Baker—John Sinnott Coal—Martin Connor, J. Sinnott

Flour—M. Connor, J. Nolan, L. Rossiter, John Sinnott

Glass, Delf, &c.—M. Connor, J. Nolan

Grocers who do not sell Spirits—M. Connor, L. Rossiter, John Sinnott

Grocers who sell Spirits—J. Nolan, James Sinnott

Provisions—Sold by all the Shopkeepers


John Colfer, Albert King

[See also Enniscorthy and Gorey Sub-Post Offices.]

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