Camolin - 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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  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.
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  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 LONG, broad, and comfortable-looking street forms the village of Camolin, which is a quarter of a mile from the station of the Dublin, Wicklow, and Wexford Railway, 6 miles from Gorey. It derives its name from a religious house founded by St. Molin, second bishop of Ferns, who died in the seventh century, small ruins of which are to be found on the Norrismount estate. A pattern fair is held annually, on the 9th of July, but its popularity is waning. Camolin is in the Barony of Scarawalsh, and in 1881 the population of village and townsland was estimated at 416. Among the handsome private residences of the vicinity are those of Major Morgan George Lloyd, Camolin Park; and Rev. Francis Brownrigg, Norrismount.

Rev. R. Sinnott, P.P., Balloughter

Rev. A. Kavanagh, C.C., Camolin

Rev: E. Hallam, Rector (I.C.)

James Lawler, Postmaster

A. Bestall, Dispensary Doctor

C. M‘Roary, sergeant R.I.C.

T. Maher, master, National School

A. Maher, mistress, do.

G. Kidd, master, Protestant School

W. Black, stationmaster


Bakers—N. Bradford, F. M. Keogho

Grocers—N. Bradford, F. M. Keogho, T. O’Leary, G. Stedman, M. Fowler, M. Kinsella

Miller—Charles Roark

Spirit Dealers—N. Bradford, M. Kinsella, M. Fowler


Archbald, Robert, Ballinree

Bolger, John, Coolnaleen

Bolger, Mat, Boley lower

Brownrigg, Rev. F., Norrismount

Buttle, Wm., Clologue upper

Byrne, J., Monasootha

Connors, Denis, Kilcloran

Donovan, R., Ballymore

Doran, B., Monasootha

Doyle, D., Kilcloran

Doyle, James, Kilcasey

Finnegan, L., Medophall

Fowler, James, Camolin

Godkin, T., Carrigbeg

Green, R., Knockrobin

Green, Samuel, Mount Seaton

Hayden, M., Carriglegan

Hill, John, Clologue

Howell, J., Monasootha

Kennedy, M., Boley upper

Kenny, Hugh, Ballpark

Leary, Wm., Medophall demesne

Lett, George, Camolin

Lloyd, M. G. (J.P.), Camolin h

Murphy, E., Kilcloran

Murphy, W., Monasootha

Neill, M., Bolinaspect

Redmond, P., Clonmore

Ringwood, H., Medophall

Swaine, Roger, Ballyeden

Warren, Ben, Clonhenrit

Warren, J. S., Ballyduff

Young, C., Clologue

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