“Enniscorthy Guardian” - 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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Circulates in North Wexford, Carlow, Kildare, and Wicklow. It has Agents in all the principal towns and villages, and is taken by all the News-rooms, Hotels, &c. It commands the largest circulation of any Provincial Newspaper in Ireland. It advocates Irish National Self-Government and Peasant Proprietary. This paper is eminently Catholic in its treatment of public questions. It is an excellent medium for advertising for Manures, Feeding Materials, and everything necessary to the Farming Interest; also for advertising Prospectuses of Public Companies offering channels for the secure and profitable investment of money. Price 1d.

Proprietor—E. WALSH, 31 South Main Street, Wexford.

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