Ballycanew - 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, which, in 1881, had a population of 233. It is five miles, English, south of Gorey, in the barony of Ballaghkeen, and is situated on the side of a hill sloping to the Owen-a-varra River. The lands of the surrounding country are used for pasture and tillage, but are better for the former. A small tannery and a grist mill help to provide occupation for the people. The houses are, for the greater part, slated and in good condition. A fowl market is held weekly, on Wednesday, and five fairs during the year. Boley Hill is the highest point of elevation. Many years ago, during an excavation in a Danish fort near Ballycanew, incinerated human remains were found in clay urns.

Rev. Wm. J. Gerrard, Rector (I.C.)

Rev. T. Ford, Rev. W. R. Dickson, Methodist Ministers

R. M‘Mahon, Postmaster

John Miller, Relieving Officer

D. Wall, sergeant R.I.C.

A. M. Hanlon, Mistress Protestant National School

M. Brennan, Mistress Catholic National School

Methodist Temperance Society—Rev. T. Ford, president; Rev. W. R. Dickson, secretary


Bakers—E. and M. Fitzgerald

Butcher— Wm. Fitzpatrick

Coachbuilders—J. Kavanagh and Sons

Drapers—R. J. Bolton & Co., R. M‘Mahon, J. Morris

Grocers who do not sell Spirits—R. M‘Mahon, R. Rathwell, J. Warren

Grocers who sell Spirits—R. J. Bolton & Co., S. M. Johnston, W. Nolan, M. Redmond Miller—Henry Furney

Provisions and Flour—J. Byrne, W. Fitzpatrick, S. M. Johnston, W. Nolan, R. Rathwell

Seeds and Manures—J. Morris, W. Nolan, R. Rathwell

Tanner—Mrs. Bass


Bezanson, D., Curratubbin lr

Black, Henry, Garrynew

Bolton, Fossy, Ballylusk

Brien, Samuel, Curratubbin

Burkitt, Robert, Bellcarrig

Cain, James, Arragorteen

Cranwell, Thomas, Ballycanew

Doyle, Anthony, Bellcarrig

Doyle, Jas., Ballywaltermore

Eager, Wm., Ballywaltermore

Furney, B. W., Ballycanew

Gainfort, J., Cranecrower

Grannell A., Boley

Hollingsworth, A., Ballinakill

Hollingsworth, J. Ballynakill

Hollingsworth, S., Ballywalter

Hughes, Patrick, Kilcorkey

Johnston, Henry, Tomgaddy

Johnson, James, Kilcorkey

Keane, Patrick, Ballinakill

Lawless, P. Ballywalterbeg

Love, Simon, Tobernieran

Maguire, Edward, Ballyteigue

Morris, John N., Ballycanew

Mulligan, J., Neville’s Court

Patrick, M., Ballywalterbeg

Percival, George, Tomgaddy

Porter, W. B., Tomgar House

Pounden, J. C. Ballywalter

Prendergast, D., Ballywaltermore

Redmond, Moses, Ballywalterbeg

Roche, John, Ballywalter upper

Sunderland, D., Ballinclare

Tackaberry, Fossy, Tomgaddy

Tackaberry, John B., Clasheen

Taylor, Thomas, Ballywaltermore

Tomkin, Wm., Curratubin up.

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