Ancient Graveyard

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Origins of Killadeas Parish Church

"The Priory Church, Killadeas Parish Church was designed in 1864 by W. Armstrong of Belleek and built for J.G. Irvine of the Manor House on the site of the ancient Yellow Church of the Culdees (or cecile-de) of Devenish. A high slate roof is the dominant impression, with a gabled porch and transcept facing the road and a small tower behind. The tower looks and is an addition dated 1881. In the churchyard, opposite the porch, stands a sculptured stone 3 1/2 ft high similar in style to the White Island figures and the pillar stones at Carndonagh. On the south side is a low relief of a bishop or abbot carrying a crozier or bell, with a faint inscription in Irish on the back of the bishop’s cloak. The west side has a grotesque head above a body of interlace pattern. Nearby is a stone slab 3ft by 5ft carved with a cross and circles and another stone of a small Greek Cross." 

(Extracts from 'North West Ulster' by Alistair Rowen).

Cemetery Inscriptions

   1.  ONLY ASLEEP
        IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY BELOVED HUSBAND 

        JOHN KELLY 

        DIED APRIL 4 1937  AGED 54 YEARS  

        ALSO OUR DARLING SON JIM  ACCIDENTALLY KILLED 10 NOV 1938 AGED 19   


2.  HERE LIETH THE BODY OF  

       JAMES MC GOURTRICK  

       WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 

       NOV 8TH 1823 AGED 19 YEARS   


3.  STONE ERECTED    

       BY WILLIAM MORRISON     

       FOR HIS SON JAMES   

       WHO DIED THE 16TH --- 1790   --- YRS 

       ALSO HIS DAUGHTER ELIZABETH  


4.   URN:  

       DIVERS   


5.  GORMLEY  

       IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR FATHER JAMES GORMLEY  

       WHO DIED 17TH MARCH 1912 AGED 71 YEARS 

       ALSO OUR DEAR MOTHER HANNAH GORMLEY 

       WHO DIED 9TH JULY 1931 AGED 85 YEARS 

       ALSO OUR DEAR BROTHERS JOHN EDWARD AGED 8 YEARS 

       WILLIAM JAMES AND JOHN IRVINE  

      AND OUR DEAR SISTERS EVA MAUD  AND MARY ELIZABETH   

       "WITH CHRIST WHICH IS FAR BETTER"   


6.  NO INSCRIPTIONS   


7. I.H.S. 

       ERECTED BY ELIZABETH WATSON IN MEMORY OF HER SON SAMUEL WATSON WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 7 FEBRUARY 1888 AGED 19 YRS 


8. MEMORY OF THOMAS MAGUIRE OF CULES WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 8 1830 AGED 77     


9. IN LOVING MEMORY OF R.A. MAGEE THE BELOVED WIFE OF   EX. SERGT. MAJOR WM. MAGEE R. A.   

       WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 31ST MARCH 1887 

       THIS STONE IS ERECTED BY HER SORROWING SONS AND DAUGHTERS 

       CAPT W MAGEE M. S. 

       SERG. H.J. MAGEE 40TH REGT   

       CORP. C.T. MAGEE R.A.   

       J. A. CANSDALE   

       WIFE OF LIEUT CASDALE 82ND  REGT 

       "THY WILL BE DONE“   


10 I.H.S. 

       REMAINDER OF STONE NON LEGIBLE    


11.  I.H.S. 

       HERE LIES THE BODY OF MARY DONNELLY  

       WHO DIED JANUARY 9 1---  AGED 50 YRS   


12. HERE LIES THE BODY OF NORA BAESTER WIFE TO CONST MAEUE WHO DIED  JANUARY YE ---- AGED 66 YEARS   


13.  FLAT STONE WITH RAIL SURROUND; NO INSCRIPTIONS   


14. IN LOVING MEMORY OF HENRY MACKEY  

       WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 7TH 1913 AGED 78 YEARS 

       AND HIS SON HARRY  DIED 24TH DEC 1924 AGED 42 

       ALSO HIS DAUGHTER HENRIETTA DIED 20TH OCTOBER 1927 AGED 52   

       CLARA C. MORRISON DIED 17TH DEC 1934 AGED 66 YEARS   

       "FOR SO HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP"  PSALM 12.20 

       ERECTED BY HIS SORROWING WIFE CATHERINE MACKEY DIED 20TH AUGUST 1916 AGED 73 


15. HERE LIETH THE BODY OF ROBERT BELL WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER 1779 AGED 52 YEARS 


16. Urn – NOBLE 


17. SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF FRANCIS AND MARY WARD. 

       ERECTED BY THEIR GRANDDAUGHTER MARGARET  


18. ERECTED BY WILLIAM MCDONALD IN MEMORY OF HIS BELOVED SON RICHARD MCDONALD WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER 16TH 1850 AGED 22 YRS  


19. IN MEMORY OF GUY HILLARD LATE OF TULLAVY WHO RESIGNED HIS SOUL TO GOD MARCH 1784 AGED 86 YEARS. 

      ALICE HIS WIFE JULY -5 AGED 65 YRS  


20. TO THE MEMORY OF ANNE TUMATH THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF CHRISTOPHER TUMATH IRVINESTOWN 

      BORN 15TH APRIL 1855 

       DIED 8TH OCTOBER 1873 AGED 18 YEARS. 

       ALSO HIS WIFE ANNE TUMATH WHO DIED 26TH JULY 1887 AGED 52 YEARS  


21. HERE LIETH THE BODY OF THOMAS HILLARD WHO DIED JANUARY THE 29TH 1800 AGED 75 YEARS   


22. ERECTED BY MAR BEGGS AND ROBT MC NAMEE FOR HIS MOTHER SARAH MC NAMEE WHO DIED MAY THE 20TH 1797 AGED 58 YEARS  


23. IN LOVING MEMORY OF SAMUEL JOHNSTON OF GLENCROSS WHO FELL ASLEEP 3RD OCTOBER 1873 AGED 33 YEARS. 

       ALSO HIS DAUGHTER REBECCA WHO FELL ASLEEP 26TH JUNE 1883 AGED 19 YEARS. 

       ALSO HIS SON JAMES WHO FELL ASLEEP 18TH APRIL 1893 AGED 24 YEARS. 

       UNTIL THE DAY BREAK AND THE SHADOWS FADE AWAY. 


24. HERE LYETH THE BODY OF ANN HILLARD WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE (rest of stone underground) 


25. SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN ROBINSON 

       WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 1855 AGED 84 YEARS. 

       ALSO HIS WIFE CATHERINE ARMSTRONG DEPARTED THIS LIFE – 1853 AGED 59 YEARS 

       –- CHRIST FOR EVERLASTING LIFE 

       --ED BY THEIR ONLY SON 

       --N ROBINSON 

       -T OF GRATITUDE 

       -ATTENTIONS 

       -CAN NEVER REPAY 

       (left side of stone worn away). 


26. OF YOUR CHARITY PRAY FOR THE SOUL OF JOHN HAMILTON 

       WHO DIED AT ROSSIGH FEB 1ST 1897 AGED 87 YEARS 

       AND HIS WIFE BRIDGET DIED OCTOBER 24 1894 AGED 79 YEARS. 

       ON WHOSE SOULS JESUS HAVE MERCY. 

       ERECTED BY THEIR SON JOHN.   


27. ERECTED BY CHRISTOPHER MC CAFFRY IN MEMORY OF HIS WIFE ANN MC CAFFRY 

       WHO DIED MAY 14 1821 AGED 56 YEARS 

       AND SON WILLIAM MC CAFFRY 

       DIED AUGUST 12TH 1822 AGED 24 YEARS  


28. ERECTED BY JOHN & CHARLEY KANE IN MEMORY OF THEIR MOTHER MARY AR KANE 

       WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPTR THE 14TH 1779 AGED 48 YEARS  


29. I.H.S. 

       HERE LIED THE BODY OF WINNY MC DERMOT WHO DIED NOV YE 25  --36 AGE 66 YEARS  


30. I.H.S. 

       THIS STONE WAS ERECTED BY PATRICK MC DERMOT GAR--ER 

       FOR HIS FATHER & MOTHER 

       JAMES MC DERMOT WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DECEMBER 25TH DAY --87 AGED 22 YEARS  


31. TO THE MEMORY HUGH MC DERMOT OF DRUMCAW WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE – THE - 1829 AGED -  


32. FLAT STONE: I.H.S.  


33. LARGE HEAD STONE: NO INSCRIPTIONS  

 

34. CURRY BALLINDULLAGH 

       IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR SON BASIL 

       WHO FELL ASLEEP ON 22ND OCTOBER 1969 AGED 20 YEARS 

       AT THE END OF THE ROAD THERE IS LIFE FOR EVER MORE 

       ALSO HIS FATHER GEORGE WHO FELL ASLEEP 9TH NOVEMBER 1980 AGED 63 YRS

       TWO URNS: GEORGE  BASIL  


35. I.H.S. 

       IN MEMORY OF AUDREY CORRIGAN WHO DIED MAY 1841 AGED 49 YRS 

       ELLEN CORRIGAN DIED APRIL 1842 AGED 45 YRS 

       THEIR SON WILLIAM BORN IN ROSCLARE DIED JULY 1852 AGED 30 YRS 

       MAY THEY REST IN PEACE AMEN 

       ERECTED BY THEIR SON HENRY AUGUST 1870  


36. THREE HEADSTONES WITH ONE SURROUND:  

  A. JOHNSTON IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY BELOVED WIFE KITTY DIED 11TH APRIL 1968 ALSO HER HUSBAND JOSEPH DIED 17TH OCTOBER 1981 "PEACE PERFECT PEACE"  

  B. JOHNSTON IN LOVING MEMORY OUR DEAR FATHER JAMES JOHNSTON WHO DIED 23RD MARCH 1928 ALSO OUR DEAR MOTHER MARY ANNE JOHNSTON WHO DIED 20TH MARCH 1942 AND THEIR SON CHRISTOPHER WHO DIED 13TH JANY 1950 AND HIS WIFE MARTHA WHO DIED 17TH MARCH 1979  SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS.   

  C. IN LOVING MEMORY OF CONS ROBERT JOHNSTON R.U.C. WHO DIED 9th APRIL 1926 AGED 30 YEARS ERECTED BY HIS LOVING WIFE "OH FOR THE TOUCH OF A VANISHED HAND, AND THE SOUND OF A VOICE THAT IS STILL"  


37. HERE LIES BODY OF DENNIS O'CONNER WHO DIED AUGUST YE 15 1772 AGED 3- YEARS  


38. ERECTED BY JOHN MAGUIRE 

       FOR HIS MOTHER CATHERN MARY MAGUIRE 

       WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUGUST -TH -8-2 AGED -4 YEARS