Rosbercon Protestant Church (I.C.) - 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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AS pretty a picture of a country churchyard and its place of worship as one could wish to see, lies half way up the principal street of Rosbercon. The church is small, and has diamond-paned clear windows, and a rustic porch. Its walls are entirely clothed in well trimmed ivy. A gate near the door gives a bright glimpse of the Rectory beyond. Here and there, almost hidden, a piece of old carving suggests the nearness of the foundation of the ancient Monastery of Rosbercon, which was built by the families of Grace and Walsh, and dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin.

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