Launch of 1775 Dublin Directory Database

The Irish Genealogical Research Society is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource on its website. It is a database index to Wilson’s Dublin Directory, forming part of the 1775 edition of The Treble Almanac, which was published from 1787 to 1837.

As the name suggests, the Almanac is comprised of three separate directories:

Wilson’s Dublin Directory, forming part of the Treble Almanac, 1775 edition

The first is John Watson Stewart’s Almanac, which notes a wide variety of information relating to Ireland, encompassing details about mail and stage coach timetables, establishment lists for the army and navy, schools etc.

The second is the English Court Registry, listing royalty, nobility, parliamentarians, military and naval lists, the civil establishment and judiciary lists etc;

The third, and by far the most useful to genealogists, is Wilson’s Dublin Directory. It includes a very comprehensive list of Dublin’s barristers, attorneys, medical practitioners, merchants, pawnbrokers, grocers, shoemakers, tanners, upholsters, auctioneers, brewers, painters, ironmongers, drapers, butchers, bakers, tailors etc. It also includes a list of the capital city’s streets, lanes and alleyways.

The database notes for each entry the name of the person, their occupation, street address and provides a link to a contemporaneous map at the back of the volume. It currently comprises just over 3,600 entries.

List of barristers from the 1775 Treble Almanac

The edition of Almanac is dated just a year before the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 and interestingly the list of attorneys and barristers notes several who had qualified in Ireland but then migrated to the North American colonies. Noted are such people as barristers Thomas Knox Gordon who qualified in 1755 and by 1775 was the Chief Justice of North Carolina and Edward Savage, qualified in 1760 and subsequently became the Second Justice of North Carolina. In addition, there are references to Canada too, such as barrister Jonathan Belcher who qualified in Michaelmas term 1741 and by 1775 was the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia.

In launching the new resource, Steven Smyrl, the Society’s chairman, said “This is yet another valuable resource being added to the IGRS website. Trade directories allow family historians to quickly identify where in a large town their merchant or tradesman ancestor lived and worked, and thus opening up other relevant material such as guild records, parish registers, land deeds and freeman rolls. I would like to thank Nick Reddan, the Society’s webmaster for his dedication in compiling this valuable database. Nick is based in Australia, proving that distance is no barrier to assisting the Society through volunteer indexing and transcribing.

Search the Database – A limited version of the database is available to all, while full access is reserved for members only.

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