Killann - 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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IN the midst of good tillage lands, six miles from Enniscorthy, is the village of Killann. It is sheltered by hills, and has plantations within a mile. There is a holy well in the vicinity, which was dedicated to St. Anne.

Rev. John Walsh, P.P.

Rev. John Druhan, C.C.

Rev. F. Finn, C.C.

Rev. J. S. Cooper, Rector, I.C.

Mrs. Tristram, postmistress

H. M. French, dispensary doctor

Patrick Stapleton, sergeant R.I.C.

Patrick Bolger, master N. school

Bridget Bolger, mistress N. school

William Neely, master Protestant school


Baker, Catherine Cousins

Grocers, Flour Dealers, &c., Mary A. Gorby, Ellen Magee, Mary Redmond (spirit dealer)


Binnions, John, Rathduff

Blacker, Rev. Robert S. C.,Woodbrook

Blanch, John, Garrawn

Breen, Mathew, Ballyhiland

Breen, Thomas, Rathnure up

Bryan, Simon, Milltown

Budgeon, Thomas, Ballindoney

Byrne, William, Askinvillar

Clare, Thomas, Tomanine

Connors, John, Ballindoney

Crozier, William, Grange lower

Deacon, John, Askinfarney

Deacon, Richard, Ballinluge E

Deacon, William, Rathfardin

Devereux, John, Aughnaclappa

Devereux, William, Askinvillar

Dunne, James, Knockmore

Dunne, John, Knockmore

Dyer, John, Garrawn up

Flood, John, Grange up

Foley, Michael, Killan

Frane, Edward, Knockmore

Gainfort, George, Grange

Gordon, James, Ballinlug E

Handrick, James, Rathfardin

Hawkins, Edward, Greenane

Hill, Richard W., Milltown

Jeykell, Philip, Grange

Jordan, William, Rathfarden

Kelly, Michael, Rathnure

King, Robert, Askkinvillar

Lacy, Thomas, Rathnure

Leary, Patrick, Askinvillar

Moffat, James, J.P., Ballyhiland

Murphy, John, Ballindoney

Murphy, John, Ballinlug east

Murphy, John, Rathnure up

Murphy, Robert, Rathfarden

Nolan, Mathew, Springmount

Richards, Edward Moore, Grange

Roe, Robert, Knockatubber

Rutledge, Francis, Coolbawn

Somers, Thomas, Grange lower

Summers, James, Garrawn up

Whelan, Peter, Grange

Williams, George, Askinfarney

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