Wells - 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 in the Barony of Ballaghkeen, eight miles south of Gorey, and nine miles north-east of Enniscorthy. Ferns, five miles, is its nearest railway station. The lands of the district are suitable for pasture and tillage.

Rutland Downes, Postmaster

Miss Powell, mistress, Prot. schl

Grocer—T. Boardman, B’lyedm’nd


Bain, Robert Byrne, C., Ballenmire

Christian, Richard

Crowe, Miles, Ballyrea

Darcy, Andrew, Boira s

Downes, R.

Doyne, Charles M., J.P.

Earle, Edward, Greenhall

Earle, Robert, Ballynahoun

Eyres, John, Ballinvalley

Ferris, Miss M., Craan

Gordon, Thomas

Handley, Henry, Ballymorrow

Harvey, Arthur

Hughes, Samuel, Craan

Methers, Robert

Mordant, Patrick, Ballymorrow

Murphy, Edward, Tomgarrow

Murphy, James P., Ballyvadden

Murphy, John, Ballymorrow

Murphy, Wm., Tomgarrow

Ormsby, George, Tomgarrow

Powell, Miss, Kilmanagh

Prendergast, James, Ballyshane

Redmond, John, Boira

Sinnott, Robert, Magmore

Sunderland, Mrs., Craan

Walsh, Frances, Coolharbour

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