Cranford - 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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CRANFORD, or Crannford, is a rural village, five miles to the west of Gorey, its nearest railway station. Population, 40. The lands of the district are good for pasture and tillage. Lord Powerscourt and Lord Maurice Fitzgerald are the landlords.

Rev. James Kavanagh, P.P.

Rev. Andrew Crowe, C.C.

Edward Byrne, Postmaster

A. Bestall, dispensary doctor

Laurence and Mary Murphy, teachers National School


Carpenter—Laurence Kinsella

Grocers and spirit dealers—E. Byrne, Daniel Kenny

Grocer, not licensed—Myles Doran

Miller—M. Lyons


Bolger, John, Carrigbeg

Browne, Peter, Clonamonagh

Byrne, Susan, Knockbrandon

Cahill, Joshua, Clonamonagh lower

Doran, William, Monbay upper

Doyle, David, Knockbrandon upr

Doyle, Eliza, Ballydarragh

Doyle, John, Ballincoola

Doyle, Moses, Shrule

Finn, Andrew, Monbay lower

Finn, Anthony, Monbay lower

Finn, Thomas, Monbay lower

Fox, James, Craan hill

Haughton, Dr. F., Craan

Kavanagh, Michael, Ballyconran

Keating, Garrett, Ballylusk

Keegan, Eliza, Craane

Keegan, Sarah, Craane

Kenny, Daniel, Ballyconran

Kenny, Joseph, Ballyconran

Kenny, Peter, Glandoran upper

Kinsella, Patrick, Ballydarragh

Ireton, Robert, Craan upper

Lyons, Michael, Clonamona lower

Morris, Patrick, Ballyconran

Mulligan, Thomas, Clonamona lr

Murry, Ellen, Shrule

Nolan, Thomas, Clonamona

Sheridan, Michael, Buckstone

Sinnott, Joseph, Ballinamona

Sinnott, Laurence, Ballinamona

Smith, William, Island middle

Stedman, Francis, Ballinamona

Tomkin, Edward, Ballygullen

Whitney, John, Ballincoola

Whitty, Peter, Island lower

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