Small Sources 23: This is a list of 79 tradesmen in Waterford compiled sometime between 1826 and 1847. It is in a file of documents in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 15,028 (9)) entitled “Several hundred documents – petitions, resolutions, bills, lists of voters, etc., – in the Waterford election of .. 1826, the Tipperary election.., 1830, and..Waterford, 1847”. Joanne Rothwell, Archivist in Waterford City Archives kindly confirmed that these names appear in the Freedom Roll of the City. These tradesmen were entitled to vote in local elections (which was a restricted right at the time). These lists were presumably compiled to validate the right of these individuals to vote. It shows the name of their trade and the different dates of their admission into the Freedom of the City. Joanne notes “Freedom of the City was open either by right of an apprentice to a tradesman who held the freedom, by application as a tradesman (to be voted in by the Corporation members) or by hereditary right as the son or son-in-law of a freeman”. It lists 40 Cordwainers (shoemakers); 17 tailors, 15 carpenters and 7 chandlers.
Pigott’s Directory of 1824 lists some of the listed tradesmen in Waterford, while none are listed in other towns in the region. This, together with the information from Waterford Archives above, would strongly validate the list as being all based in Waterford, and other details would suggest that it was compiled in the 1820s. None of the names appear in Shearman’s Directory (1839) or Slater’s (1846). The list also has a column headed ‘son of’ with a few entries; and all are prefixed by a year and month. These years listed range from 1785 to 1824 but the vast majority are between 1801 and 1806. The list used common abbreviations for names: Benj. = Benjamin, Saml. = Samuel, Danl. = Daniel etc. Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals, and/or to obtain copies of the original. Click here and quote ‘WD SS23’ in the subject line. Read More