There are over 7,000 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 Patrick Byrnes is a veterinary surgeon on West Street in Drogheda by looking at the image of the original publication.
Bassett’s County Louth is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1886. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Louth, recording details such as addresses and occupations for over 7,000 people in the county. It contains 421 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. It includes an extended treatment for Drogheda and Dundalk, as well as entries for 51 other towns and villages. The book finishes with an index of places, a list of fairs and markets, and several commercial advertisements.
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.