Blackwater - 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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BLACKWATER had a population of 105 in 1881. It is in the Barony of Ballaghkeen, south-east of Enniscorthy, and north-east of Wexford, about equal distance from both, eleven miles. Ballyconnigar, a favorite sea-bathing place for Enniscorthians, is near it. Gorey is nineteen miles, English, from Blackwater. Fairly good pasture and tillage lands are comprised in the district. Trout-fishing is to be had in the vicinity. Wexford is the most convenient railway station. There is a fowl market every Tuesday, and four fairs during the year. The houses, both slated and thatched, are in good repair. The village is well sheltered, being in the midst of a hilly region. The finest residence in the neighbourhood is Castle Talbot, the seat of Mr. John H. Talbot.

Very Rev. Thos. Walsh, P.P.

Rev. John Lyng, C.C.

Rev. Thos. Lindsay, Rector (I.C.)

John Scallan, Postmaster

Patrick Magrane, Sergeant R.I.C.

John and Mary Byrne, Teachers National School


Bakers and Flour Dealers—M. Brien, C. Etchingham

Grocers, &c., who do not sell Spirits—M. Brien, J. Murphy

Grocers who sell Spirits—W. Carty, P. Connors, C. Etchingham, J. Scallan

Miller—C. Etchingham

Manure Agent—J. Scallan


Atkins, John S., Garryniskbeg

Bates, Peter, Ballinamona

Bailey, William, Garrawn

Bolger, Thomas, Ballyvaldon

Brien, Andrew, Killeagh

Brien, James, Garryvadden

Brien, John, Ballyvaloo upper

Cullen, Francis, Monanarrig

Cullen, John, Ballynaglough

Cullen, Laurence, Ballyconigar

Cunningham, Philip, Inch

Dempsey, Henry, Crosshue

Dempsey, John, Ballynellard

Earl, George, Ballinacash

Fortune, John, Garryadden

Fortune, Thomas, Inch

Foster, Thomas, Crosshue

Furlong, Walter, Ballyroe (Nunn)

Devereux, Thomas, Ballina lower

Grannell, John, Ballina lower

Lacy, Joseph, Garryvadden

Lambert, Patrick, Ballyvoodrane

Leary, Felix, Monanarrig

Leary, George, Ballyvalloo upper

Leary Miles, Kilnew

Mangan, David, Ballyconigar up.

Morton, John M., Ballinaclash

Murphy, George, Ballyvaloo lower

Parker, James, Ballinadrisshogue

Parker, Moses, Ballinadrisshogue

Potts, Thomas, Garryvadden

Power, Wm., Ballyroe Annesley

Quinn, Martin, Ballynagore

Rath, Joseph, Ballincash

Redmond, Peter, Ballinogeelogue

Roche, James, Ballina upper

Scallan, William, Ballyvaloo

Sinnott, Edward, Garrawn

Somers, John, Coolroe

Stafford, James, Ballyvodick

Sutton, Simon, Garrynisk

Talbot, John H., Castletalbot

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