Ireland Yard
   West out of St. Andrew's Hill, at No. 7, to The Times Printing Office (P.O. Directory). In Farringdon Ward Within.
   First mention: O. and M. 1677.
   Shakespeare purchased a house here in 1612, and in the Deed of Conveyance the house is described as abutting upon a street leading down to Puddle Wharf, and now or late in the tenure or occupation of William Ireland, and erected over a great gate leading to a capital messuage sometime in the tenure of Wm. Blackwell and since of the Earl of Northumberland.
   The yard was named after the Ireland family.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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