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Headstone Inscriptions, St. Catherine's Church of Ireland Graveyard, Killybegs, Co Donegal

 

(Photograph by Marilyn)

 

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Notes:

 

The majority of these Inscriptions, plus the Graveyard Plan, are courtesy of the Donegal County Library

In their Local Studies holdings is un undated and unsigned survey of St Catherine's Graveyard, which was added to the library catalogue in 1986

 

There is a new book , on St Catherine's Church and Graveyard, which was launched on 22 Nov 2008 in Killybegs

It includes an interactive dvd and contains a lot more information & research than what I am presenting here

 

Greenlaw inscriptions and photograph submitted by Cheri

Hamilton inscriptions and photograph submitted by Marilyn & Muriel

(Also see Hamilton Graves in St Catherine's Graveyard by Marilyn)

 

Graveyard Plan

 

The Inscriptions:

Asken

(See Brown)

 

 

Atherton

 

Sacred to the Memory of

William Henry Atherton

Died 5 Oct 1837 aged 37 yrears

(Upright sandstone slab)

 

 

Banks

 

In Memory of

Lieutenant Thomas Banks

His Majesty's Navy

Who Died Mar 13 1807

In Command of Maulinbeg Signal Station

He was born Aug 12 1777, had been in the service of his Country from his sixteenth year,

and bore a part in Lord Viscount Duncan's glorious victory over the Dutch Fleet 11 Oct 1797

(Note: Admiral Duncan defeated, in the battle of Camperdown, off the coast of Holland, a powerful Dutch fleet, prepared for an invasion of Ireland.

Eleven of the enemy's ships were taken)

(Broken sandstone tablet)

 

 

Black

 

Here Lies the Body of

Elizabeth Black

Who Departed this Life June 12 1783 aged 80 years

In Pace Requiescat

Also the Body of

Francis Black

Who Departed this Life 28th day of May 1789 aged 76 years

(horizontal sandstone slab)

 

 

Blain

 

Anne?  Blain

.................1777

 

 

Here Lies the Body of

George Blain

Who Departed this Life Sep 26 in the 64 year of his age. Anno Domini 1721

(Broken sandstone slab with Coat of Arms)

 

 

Underneath

Are The Mortal Remains

of

George Blain

Who Died Jul 1792 Aged 60 Years

Also Charles Blain, His Brother

Who Died Jan 1 1822 Aged 66

Also of Thomas Blain, Son of

The Said George Blain

Who Died in Killybegs 14 Jul 1845

Aged 63 years

And In Respect of Whoes Memory

This Stone Was Erected

By A Friend

 

 

The Mortal Remains of

Margaret Blain

Repose Here

She died on 19 Mar 1847 aged 80 years

Also of Charles, eldest son of

William Blain

Who Departed this Life on 30 Jan 1850 aged 24 years

"He Cometh Forth Life a Flower and is Cut Down, He Fleeth Also As A Shadow And Continueth Not"

Phoebe Blain

Wife of William Blain

Died Jan 3 1873 aged 75 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

Sacred to the Memory of

William Blain

Who Departed this Life on Saturday 16 Dec 1848 aged 49 years

"The Memory of the Just is Blessed"

Edward Blain

Son of William and Phoebe Blain

Died Jun 24 1878 aged 47 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

Brice

 

In Memory of

Michael Brice

Who Departed this Life Jun 17 1781

Also the Body of

William Brice

Who Departed this Life 11 Mar 1785 aged 70 years

(Sandstone tablet badly weathered)

 

 

Brown

IHS

Underneath Repose the Remains of

Margaret Brown

Who Departed this Life Jun 2 1847

Being in the 44th year of her age

(Horizontal sandstone tablet with cross at the top)

 

 

Here Lyeth the Body of

Mary Brown alias Asken

Who Departed this Life Nov 5 1742

Aged 70 years

This Monument was erected by

Archibald Brown for his Father

George Brown

Who Departed this Life May 6 1758

Aged 74 years

(Horizontal limestone slab with Coat of Arms and Motto -

Pro : Patria : Semper (for fatherland always))

 

Note:

Archibald also erected a tomb for two of his sons

Francis d 1764

Alexander d 1770

See St Cartha's (Old) Graveyard, Kilcar

 

 

Carr

 

In Hoc Signo Vinces

Erected to the Memory of

James Carr

Who Died Apr 18 1847

By his Sons in America

Aged 70 years

Requiescant in Pace

(Horizontal sandstone slab with the letters IHS in a circle)

 

 

Conwell

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Mary Conwell

Who Departed this Life 27 Feb 1847 aged 69 years

Also Anthony Conwell

Who Died 11 Jan 1864 aged 80 years

(Sanstone tablet with the letters IHS and cross at the top)

 

 

Here Lieth the Body of

John Conwell

Who Departed this Life 1 Aug 1817 aged 56 years

(Horizontal sandstone slab)

 

 

Devenny

 

Here Lyeth the Body of

Mary Devenny

Who Departed this Life 7 Jun 1740 aged 59 years

(Horizontal limestone slab, flaking)

 

 

Dobin

 

Memento Mori

Doth Lie the Body of

John Dobin

Who Departed this Life and was interred under this stone

the 23 Apr 1784 aged 36 years

(Horizontal limestone slab)

 

 

Gallagher

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Francis Gallagher

Who Departed this Life 1 Sep 1856 aged 88 years

(Collapsed sandstone tablet with the letters IHS)

 

 

John Gallagher

Died Mar 26 1818 aged 50 years

This Tomb was erected by his Wife

(Horizontal limestone slab with cross at the top and the letters INRI)

(INRI = Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum = Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews" John 19:19)

 

 

Gay

 

John Gay

Departed this Life Feb 5 1784 aged 79 years

(Horizontal sandstone slab, flaking)

 

 

Greenlaw

 

Archibald Robert Greenlaw

The only beloved son of Aaron & Susanna Greenlaw

Who fell asleep in Jesus' arms in the 32nd year of his age

Dec 18 1902 at Castlereagh

 

 

This tomb was erected by

Robert Greenlaw for his father

Alexander Greenlaw

Who departed this life Feb. the 26, 1741

Aged 46 years

(The coat of arms pictured on the head stone is the Devitt & Greenlaw family crest)

Hamilton

 

Here Lieth the Body of

James Hamilton Esq of Fintragh

Who departed this life on the 15th day of May 1815, aged 93 years

 

Photo by Marilyn in 1991 Photo by Muriel taken after headstone was uncovered & cleaned

 

 

Here Lieth the body of

James, eldest son of James Hamilton of Fintragh Esq

Who departed this life 26th September 1811, aged 50 (30?) years

(Badly weathered sandstone tablet with Coat of Arms in a circle, with the motto, "Through")

 

Photo by Marilyn in 1991 Photo by Muriel after headstone was uncovered & cleaned

 

 

Here Lieth the body of

Richard Hamilton Esq of Fintragh

Who departed this life the 22nd day of April 1817, aged 43 years

Also the body of his daughter Hannah Hamilton

Who departed this life on the 4th day of May 1816, aged 12 years.

This stone is erected to their memory by Ann Hamilton, the affectionate wife of the said Richard

(Limestone tablet, broken)
 

 

Hegarty

 

Erected by James Hegarty

To the Memory of his Beloved Wife

Catherine Quinn

Who Departed this Life

21st day of Jun 1858 aged 36 years

(Upright freestone slab with cross at the top and the letters IHS)

 

 

Henderson

 

Underneath are Interred the Remains of

James Henderson, Esq

Who Departed this Life at Killybegs

Jan 26 1836 aged 72 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

Jones

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Margaret Jones

Wife of James Jones of Rushen

She Died Oct 23 1819 aged 65 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

Kelly

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Mary Kelly

The Dearly Beloved Wife of Hugh Kelly

Who Departed this Life

Jul 10 1869 aged 74 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

Kennedy

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Patrick Kennedy of Firbrega

Who Departed this Life

On the 17th day of Apr 1856 aged 62 years

This stone was erected by his son Charles Kennedy

(Upright freestone slab)

 

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Mary Kennedy of Firbrega

Who Departed this Life

On the 12th day of Nov 1855 aged 52 years

This stone was erected by her son Charles Kennedy

(Upright freestone slab)

 

 

Laphel

 

Sarah Elis Laphel

Born 16 Nov 1838

Departed 2nd Nov .......

(Upright slate slab, flaking)

 

 

Lindsay

 

Here Lyeth The Body Of John Lindsay

Being 27 Years Of Age

Deceased The 30th Day of June Ano. Dom. 1685

(A fine coat of arms at the bottom)

From Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland - 1888

(Observation 1986 - broken sandstone slab inside Church southeast corner)

 

 

Long

(See Teelin)

 

 

Magee

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Mary Magee

Who Departed this Life

Feb the 14th 1804 aged 84 years

Also Her Husband Alexander Magee

Who Departed this Life

Aug 8 1804 aged 82 years

Also to the Memory of

Mary Magee, their Daughter

Who Departed this Life

Jan 12 1811 aged 38 years

(Horizontal sandstone slab)

 

 

Sacred to the Memory of

William Magee

And of Ann Magee, his Wife

The Former Died Jan 31 1811 aged 84

And the Latter Died Oct 12 1812 aged 74 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

Mathews

 

To the Memory of Catherine

Daughter of Alexander and Isabella Mathews

Who Departed this Life

Jan 27 1858 aged 29 years

"Blessed are the Dead which Died in the Lord"

(Upright freestone slab)

 

 

McCarty

(See McLean)

 

 

McCloskey

 

In Memory of

John McCloskey

Who Departed this Life

May the 1st 1850 aged 63 years

He Lived Beloved and Died Lamented and Remembered

A Man More Just or True to Trust he has not left Behind

(Horizontal sandstone slab)

 

 

McFadden

 

Underneath this Stone Lyes the Body of

Feragal McFadden

Departed this Life

Feb 4 1806 aged 3 years

This stone erected by Feragal McFadden, his Father

(Horizontal sandstone slab)

 

 

McGhee

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Andrew McGhee of Killybegs

Who Departed this Life

Apr the 22nd AD 1815 aged 77 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

McGill

 

Erected to the Memory of

Cornelius McGill

Who Departed this Life

29 Mar 1847 aged 47 years

Also his Wife Mary McGill

Who Departed this Life

On 8 Jan 1860 aged 37

(Sandstone tablet with the letters IHS in a circle)

 

 

McGuinnis

 

Here Lieth the Body of

John McGuinnis

Who Departed this Life

June 6 1841 aged 63 years

(Horizontal sandstone slab, broken)

 

 

McHugh

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Philip McHugh

Who Died Mar 3 1816 aged 80 years

(Horizontal sandstone slab with the letters IHS)

 

 

McIntyre

 

Erected in Memory of

William McIntyre

Who Departed this Life

Mar 30 1832 aged 65 years

(Sandstone tablet with cross at the top)

 

 

McLaughlin

 

Sacred to the Memory of

James McLaughlin

Who Departed this Life

On the 16th day of Mar 1837 aged 34 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

McLean

 

Sacred to the Memory of

Mary McLean

The Beloved Wife of Michael McCarty, CG

Who Departed this Life

The 27th of Dec 1857 aged 29 years

(Upright sandstone slab with the letters IHS)

 

 

Meighan

 

Sacred to the Memory of

James Meighan of Killybegs and in York

Who Departed this Life

2 Sep 1857 aged 28 years

Also Patrick Meighan

Who Departed this Life

5th May 1858 aged 78 years

Also Kate Meighan

In Religion, Tiressa Joseph of Mt St Vincent in York

Who Departed this Life

Jun 1862 aged 24 years

Requiescant in Pace

(Upright freestone slab)

 

 

Mitcheal

 

Erected by

James Mitcheal

In Memory of his Son

John

Who Departed this Life

Nov 5 1840 aged 34 years

Also his Brother William

As above, aged 21 years

(Sandstone tablet)

 

 

Morrison

 

Memento Mori

Here Lieth the Body of

Mathew Morrison

Who Departed this Life

Mar the 12th 1826 aged 62 years

(Horizontal limestone slab with the letters INRI)

 

 

Here Lieth the Body of

James Morrison

Who Departed this Life

Feb 6 1836 aged 65 years

(Horizontal sandstone slab with the letters IHS)

 

 

Nesbit

 

Here Lieth the Body of

Alexander Nesbit

Son of N Nesbit of Drimannew

Who Died May 15 1719

 

 

O'Boyle

 

Here Lieth the Body of

Ann O'Boyle

Who Departed this Life

Nov 2 1808 aged 18 years

(Horizontal limestone slab with the letters INRI)

 

 

Pallock

 

Sacred to the Memory of

William Pallock

Who Departed this Life

Apr 16 1833 aged 28 years

(Horizontal sandstone slab)

 

 

Quinn

(See Hegarty)

 

Teelin

 

Memento Mori

Here Lies the Body of

William Teelin

Who Departed this Life

Aug 6 1785 aged 43 years

This stone was erected by Anne Long alias Teelin

For her Husband

 


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