Ballymoney - 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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THIS village is situated by the sea, at the foot of Tara Hill, within four miles, English, of Gorey. Its inhabitants, over 100 in number, are chiefly engaged in fishing. The lands of the vicinity are used for pasture. Courtown Demesne is about two and a-half miles to the south. In the vicinity are the handsome residences of Mr. J. C. Doyne, Seafield House, and Mr. W. Wordsworth, Duffcarrick.

Catholic Church, Ballygarrett—Rev. J. L. Furlong, P.P.

Church of Ireland, Kiltennell—Rev. J. Smith, Rector

Frederick Smith, Postmaster

Geo. Weldon, Dispensary Doctor

Mr. and Mrs. Shea, teachers Kiltennell Protestant School


Binnions, Edward, Prospect

Doyne, J. C., Seafield House

Fiddler, Thomas, Kildermot

Godkin, Ben., Ballymoney upper

Godkin, Ben., Ballymoney lower

Godkin, Maria, Ballymoney lower

Graham, Honora, Ballymoney lr.

Graham, Stephen, Ballinacarragh

Handley, William, Kiltennell

Kelly, John, Prospect

Lawler, Michael, Kildermot

Middleton, William, Tara hill

Morris, Thomas, Tara hill

Penston, George, Cronellard

Redmond, Patrick, Kildermot

Rickerby, Samuel, Kildermot

Smith, Frederick, Ballymoney

Smith, William, Tara hill

Synnott, Thomas, Ballinacarragh

Wordsworth, Wm., Duffcarrick

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