There are over 9,000 transcripts in this record set, each including an image of the original directory. While the amount of available information varies, most transcripts include the following:
Images often include additional and more precise information. For example, we learn that John Baldock is a spirit retailer on Barrack Street in Armagh by looking at the image of the original publication.
Bassett’s Book of Armagh is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1888. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Armagh, recording details such as addresses and occupations for over 9,000 people in the county. It contains 400 pages of detailed information as well as an excellent full colour map.
The book begins with the history, economy, geology and social life of the county. This is followed by a full directory for every town and village, giving the names and details for all office-holders, professionals, merchants and tradesmen, as well as a full alphabetical directory of farmers and other residents not listed by trade. There is a detailed introduction to each town and village with information about the economy, history, religion, railways, post, and general character of the place. The book finishes with a list of fairs and markets in the county and an index.
The publication of Irish county directories in the nineteenth century was less than comprehensive. William Bassett produced some of the best county directories in Ireland. Unfortunately he only published a small number of volumes and never covered the entire country.
These records were sourced from Eneclann.