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Ardglass CI

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County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Ardglass CI

Civil Parish : Ardglass

Town / Townland : Ardglass

OS Reference : J558371

Other Information : This is in Kildare Street in the town and parish of Ardglass The town originated with the Anglo-Normans and there was certainly a church on the site in 1306 There was, however, in mediaeval times a church to the north of the town at Ardtole, which was used as the parish church but was abandoned (probably in the fifteenth century) after a bloody massacre The ruins still stand, without any graveyard Ardglass church was in ruins in 1622 but there is preserved in the porch a stone of 1585, one of the oldest with name (jones) and date in Ulster The present parish church was built in 1810-13 on the original site but the records which dated from this period were destroyed in Dublin so all registers date from after civil registration began See 'The Story of Ardglass' by J M Napier, Downpatrick, 1966 The graveyard is in good condition having been cleared in 1967, some railings removed and some buried stones brought to light There were several plain, rough stones (now removed) and some granite and sandstone headstones which are too worn to be readable Some stones and memorial tablets were copied in Memorials of the Dead, V and VII Five of the tablets in the church are pre-1900 and these have been included below All stones in the graveyard with dates of death before 1865 have been copied.

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