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Kilmood Parish

 

 Kilmood parish church

Kilmood Church of Ireland -St Marys
in Church St, Kilmood townland; on the north side of the Ballygowan /Killinchy road

A church was rebuilt here on the ancient ecclesiastical site which was attached to Comber Abbey (Possibly called St. Bryd's). The next church was built in 1639 & bell added by Roger Ford in 1733. A new church was built in 1820 & mainly financed by the Gordon family of Florida Manor. The vicar iin 1820 was Rev. John Doyne with churchwardens John Stevenson and Andrew Davidson & in 1830 the minister was Rev. John R. Moore. The average attendance in 1833 was 250 people. The minister in 1863 was Rev. Frederick Flood. There was an Erasmus Smith School next door in 1863. In 1910, the rector was Rev. R. Wilson.

Newspaper articles from Down Recorder;
curate resigned, Rev J Silcock 30 Nov 1850; robbery, sacrilege 9 Apr 1853

burial registers from 1793;other records from 1822, graveyard attached, gravestone inscriptions UHF Vol 5; oldest stone 1669; email me for a gravestone look-up

This photo was kindly sent by Allan Johnston References;V7 p 95 OSM: DR; V 5 MIs; FR; GIPR: GIC; V1 MIs; O'L V1 p 370; GV ;LR 2005 p21 ; POD

 

by Ros Davies