Wilton Castle - 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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THREE and a-half miles, Irish, to the south-west of Enniscorthy, is Wilton Castle, the residence of Colonel Harry Alcock, D.L. It is at the foot of the Hill of Bree; the style of building, Early Tudor, suiting admirably with its romantic surroundings. Not far from the Castle is a beautiful natural lake, whose islands and wooded shores are not the least charming features of the estate. Under the windows runs the Boro, well stocked with trout, and winding away under rustic bridges, and besides pleasant walks. A broad, open plaza in front of the buildings has a castellated wall.

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