Ballymurn - 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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IS five miles from Enniscorthy, in the Wexford direction. It is a well-kept rural village, and the lands surrounding it are adapted for pasture and tillage.

Mary Fane, Postmistress

Edward Ryan, Master, Nat. Schl.

Johanna Ryan, Mistress, do.


Bishop, Joseph, Ballykelly

Murphy, John, Ballykelly


Barton, Thomas, Ballyrannel

Browne, J., Ballylucas

Clancy, F., Ballylucas

Cummins, M., Ballykelly

Dempsey, Moses, Ballyna

Doyle, Laurence. Ballylucas

Grannell, John, Ballyna

Kavanagh, J., Ballyna

Kavanagh, Jno., Ballylucas

Kavanagh, Michl., Ballybrigadane

Keating, N., Ballinastraw

Kehoe, John, Garrybarren

Leary, Michl., Ballykelly

Leary, Thomas, Ballykelly

Murphy, Daniel, Middletown

Murphy, J., Ballykelly

Murphy, J., Ballylucas

Murphy, Peter, Ballinkeele

Quirk, Thomas, Ballylucas

Rath, M., Clonasheogue

Rath, S., Clonasheogue

Roche, J., Ballylucas

Roche, John, Ballylucas

Roche, Mrs., Ballylucas

Scallan, Andrew, Ballyrannel

Summers, Peter, Ballynastraw

Sutherland, Jno., Ballysilla

Sutherland, P., Clonashogue

Sweetman, M., Ballynastraw

Whelan, John, Ballysilla

Whitty, M., Ballyrannel

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