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St Cartha's (Old) Church & Graveyard, Kilcar, Co Donegal

 

Select photograph for a full view through the arched doorway, down to Kilcar & the new St Cartha's Church

Photograph by Paddy McBrearty

 

This page was compiled by Lindel and forms part of  the Donegal Genealogy Resources website

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Notes:

 

This church and graveyard lay on the brow of a hill, overlooking the village of Kilcar below

Further up the hill, close to the church, are three holy wells, dedicated to -

St Carthach, the Blessed Virgin, and St Conall

The location of the church is a very early ecclesiastical site, with the year 640 given as the establishment of the first St Cartha's

St Cartha's was confiscated in 1610 (recorded as being in ruins in 1622)

It was not until abt 1756 that the Catholic population of the area again had a place to worship

The current church on this site continued to be used until the building of another church in the village, about 1828

 

For more information and photographs, I recommend

Bridging the Ages, The Winding Roads and Stone Bridges of Kilcar and Glencolmcille, Co Donegal

 

Photographs and transcription of the inscriptions by Lindel, 2010

Additional photographs and support provided by Paddy McBrearty, Author of Bridging the Ages

In most cases, enlargements of individual graveslabs are available, if needed

 

Also see

St Cartha's (Old) Church & Graveyard Photographs

 

Inscriptions

 

Sacred to the Memory of

The Reverend Hill Benson AM

Rector of Kilcar

And

Many years Incumbent of the

Parishes of Blessington & Rathmore

In the Archdiocese

of Dublin

He departed this life 21 Mar 1837

Aged 89 years

This stone is placed over his

Mortal remains in token of

The filial affection of his

?nly Son

Revd GS Benson

 

Notes:

A short obituary appears for him in the

Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle, Vol 8, 1837

21 Mar At Kilcar Glebe, Co Donegal, aged 88, the Rev Hill Benson

He was married to Catherine Griffin of Dublin, with whom he had 6 sons and 4 daughters

His only son to marry was Rev George Simpson Benson (1787 - 1863)

 

 

Here lyeth the body of

Patrick Birn

Who departed this life 14 Jan 1753?

Aged 54 years

 

 

Pro Patria Semper

This stone was erected by

Archibald Brown

For his Son

Alexander Brown

Who Departed this life 6 Apr 1770

(and was interrd here the 15th)

Aged 30 years

Also his Son

Francis Brown

Who departed this life 6 Jun 1764

Aged 23 years

Likewise the body of

Francis Brown Jun

Who died 12 Oct 181?

Aged 19 years

 

Note:

Archibald also erected a tomb for his parents

Mary Brown nee Askin d 1742

George Brown d 1758

See St Catherine's Church of Ireland Graveyard, Killybegs

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Michael Byrne

Who departed this life

?1 Dec 1856

Aged 36 (56?) years

 

 

Patrick Byrne

Departed this life ?th Mar 1842

Aged 77? years

Connell Birn

Died 8 Jan 1856 aged 50 years

Pat Birn

Died 7 Jun 1856 Aged 19 years

Susan Byrne

Died 12 Dec 1828 Aged 22 years

D? Byrne

Died 15 Oct 1841 Aged 26 years

This stone was erected by his Son

John Byrne

? of the ?

Brine Byrne

Who departed this life 8 Oct 1851

Aged 11? years

Also his beloved Wife

Peggy Byrne

Who departed this life 1 Dec 1851

Aged 22 years

Also

Peggy Byrne

The Wife of Patrick Byrne

Who departed this life 22 Dec 1857

Aged 80 years

Requiscant in Pace

Amen

 

 

Here lieth the body of

James Cambell

Who departed this life 11 Feb 1813

Aged 32 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Connel Cammil

Who departed this life 11 Feb 1813

Aged 27 years

 

 

INRI

Memnto Mori

Here lieth the body of

Patrick Campbell

Who departed this life 18 Jun 1828

Aged 76 years

Requiescant in Pace

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Owen Cannen

Who died 4 Apr 1819

Aged 84 years

Requiscant in Pace

?coner Cannen

Died ? Mar 1803

Aged 36 years

 

 

Under this tomb lieth the

Revd James Carr

Parish Priest Kilcar

Aged 93 years

Departed this life 18 Mar 1835

Requiscant in Pace

(Bullaun stone on grave)

 

 

INRI

Memnto Mori

Here lieth the body of

Michael Carr

Who departed this life 26 Jun 1825

Aged ? years

Also his Wife

Bridget Carr alias Maginley

Who departed this life 16 Aug 1832

Aged ?1 years

Requiescat in Pace

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Thomas? Carskadden

Who departed this life ? Mar 180?

Aged ? years

Also the body of

Cathrine? Carskadden

Who departed this life 26 Apr 1805

Aged 64 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Francis Cunningham

Who departed this life 2 Jul 1805

Aged 72 years

By Michael Cunningham

His Son

 

 

Sacred to the Memory of

? Doherty

Who departed this life 12? Nov 18?5?

Aged 69? years

Also

His beloved Wife

Brigid Doherty

Who departed this life ? Feb 18?5

Aged ? years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

John Doogan

Who departed this life

7 Jun 1824

Aged 67 years

Also the body of

.......................

Aged 62 years

.......................

 

Note:

Broken graveslab

 

 

Under this stone lieth the body of

Thomas Ellis

Who departed this life

18 Jun 1763

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Thomas Fawcett

Who departed this life

21 Sep 1825?

In the ?5th year of his age

 

 

Here lieth the body of

John Galagher

Who died 2 Apr 1812

Aged 65 years

 

 

INRI

Pray for the Soul of

M Galla(gher?)

Who departed this life June ?

Aged 8 years?

Also his (sister)?

?

June ......... 17 ?

Aged 5 years

 

Note:

Broken graveslab

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Edward Gillespy

Who died 28 Jan 1826

Aged 64 years

Also the body of

Frank Gillespy

Who died 19 Aug 1826

Aged 19 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Frances Hamilton

? Rev James Hamilton

Who died 18 Jul 1804

Aged ?

Also the body of

Catherine ?

..................

 

 

INRI

Pray for the Soul of

Mauris Heagarty

Who departed this life 9 Apr 1784

Aged 61 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Patrick Hegerty

Who departed this life 22 Mar 1784

Aged 62 years

Also

Bridget Hegerty

Who departed this life 6 Jun 1803

Aged 16 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

James Kerr

Who departed this life ? Jan 1832

Aged 62 years

Also the body of

Aney Kerr

Who died 27 Jan 1835

Aged 63 years

 

 

IHS

Memento Mori

Here lie the remains of

Connel Lyons

Who departed this life 1 Nov 1845

Aged 67 years

Requiescat in Pace

 

 

INRI

Pray for the Soul of

Hugh McCally (McCary?)

Who departed this life 17? Jun 1788

Aged 67 years

Also his Wife

Died ?9 Jun 1778

Aged 55? years

 

(select to view enlargement)

 

INRI

Coneill MCar?

1786

 

 

Here lieth the body of

John McCunagen

Who departed this life 6 Aug 1769

Aged 63 years

By John McCunagen

 

 

Here lieth the body of

John McFadden

Who departed this life

And was entard (sic) under this stone

12 Nov 1829

Aged 20 years

 

 

INRI

Here lie the bodys of

Daniel McNulty

And his Wife

Sally Gallacher

He died 24 Mar 1802

Aged 55 years

 

 

Here lie the bodies of

Owen and Elleonar McShaun

The former died 27 Jan 1820

Aged 67 years

The latter 28 Dec 1816

Aged 58 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

John Mgrary

Who died 15 Aug 1818

Aged 15 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Thomas Mitchell

Who died 12 Apr 1823

Aged 16? years

....................

 

Note:

Broken graveslab, partially buried

 

 

Here lie the bodys of

Teague and Catharine O'Byrne

The former departed this life 8 Feb 1809

Aged 66 years

The latter 7 Jul 1808

Aged 28 years

 

 

IHS

Here lies the body of

Didley O'Donel

Who departed this life 4 Jun 1849

Aged 57 years

 

 

INRI

Memnto Mori

Pray for the Soul of

Dudley Daniel (O'Donnell)

Who departed this life 22 Jun 1783

Aged 59 years

This stone was erected by

John Daniell

His Father & Famely

IHS

 

 

INRI

Memnto Mori

Here lieth the body of

John O'Donnell

Who departed this life 9 May 1835

Aged 84 years

Requiescat in Pace

 

 

INRI

Here lieth the body of

Brigid O'Gara alias Nelus

Who died 11 Mar 1814

Aged 58 years

This tomb was erected by

John Gara

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Cormick O'Heena

Who departed this life 20 Jun 1812

Aged 72 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Miles Sweeny

Who departed this life 12 Aug 1797

Aged 27 years

This tomb was erected by

Neal Sweeny

 

 

Here lyeth the body of

Peggy Sweeney

Who departed this life 4 Apr 1786

Aged 84 years

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Bryan mWard

Who departed this life 4 Jan 1767

Aged 76 years

 

 

IHS

Memento Mori

Here lieth the body of

Francis Ward

Who departed this life 12 Mar 1838

Aged 71 years

Requiescant in Pace

 

 

Here lieth the body of

Hanny Ward

Who departed this life 11 Aug 1817

Aged 42 years

 

 

IHS

Here lieth the body of

Owen Ward

Who died 29 Feb 1827

Aged 74 years

Also the body of

Moris Ward

Who died 19 Nov 1836

Aged 20 years

 

BACK to Kilcar

Lindel Buckley

1998 Donegal Genealogy Resources