Salt Mills - 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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A VILLAGE of 125 inhabitants, ten miles, Irish, from New Ross, in the Barony of Shelburne. It is on the way from Fethard to Tintern Abbey, and is very agreeably situated. It is part of the Tintern estate. The lands surrounding it are of medium quality, and are used for pasture and tillage. Killurin is the nearest railway station, between 13 and 14 miles, Irish. Three fairs are held each year.

Rev. Arthur H. Dunville, I.C., rector

Samuel E. Caulfield, Postmaster

John Feeney, sergeant R.I.C.


Bakery—John Kelly

Boot shop—Caesar Glascott

Drapers—S. E. Caulfield, J. Jeffares, J. Kelly

Grocers—S. E. Caulfield, C. Glascott, J. Jeffares, J. Kelly

Post-car owner—C. Glascott

Spirit dealer—Jere. Boyce

Timber merchant—S. E. Caulfield, J. Jeffares, J. Roche


Bassett, Christopher, Saltmills

Box, J., Castleworkhouse

Box, Joshua, Castleworkhouse

Cadogan, N., Ballyvarogue

Caulfield, T., Saltmills

Cofer, William, Gurtins

Cullen, Moses, Ballygarrett

Cummins, Thomas, Ballinirey

Farrell, Joseph, Tintern

Finn, Wm., Saltmills

Fitzgerald, Peter, Tintern

Fortune, Nicholas, Gurtins gt

Furlong, Wm., St. Leonards

Grady, Thomas, Curraghmore

Hanton, Thomas, Stonehouse

Jeffares, Chris., Saltmills

Kehoe, James, Garrycullen

Kelly, Thomas, Bailiestown

Morris, Joseph, Balliniry

Murphy, Michael, Gurtins

Power, John, Gurtins

Roche, Edw., Ballyvarogue

Roche, Michael, St. Kearns

Reville, Andrew, St. Kearns

Sherlock, Edward, Saltmills

Sinnott, Laurence, Garrycullen

Stafford, Thos., Ballyverogue

Tubrid, James, Gorteens

Walsh, James, St. Kearns

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