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Graveyard Information

Ardkeen CI

County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Ardkeen CI

Civil Parish : Ardkeen

Town / Townland : Kirkistown

OS Reference : J631585

Other Information : This is in the townland of Kirkistown and parish of Ardkeen on a minor road in the centre of the Ards peninsula, and is 2 and a half miles north-east of the Ardkeen peninsula It was built in 1847 by the Rev Alexander Bullick who abandoned the old church at Ardkeen to destruction, presumably for the convenience of the majority of the parishioners There are no stones prior to 1865 in the graveyard at present but the 4 memorial tablets in the church with dates of death have been copied All the church registers dating from 1745 have survived." The two Savage memorial tablets were recorded in "The Savage Family in Ulster" by George Francis Savage- Armstrong, London: 1906, p 348 They were originally placed in the chancel of the old church of Ardkeen and record burials in that church and graveyard They were transferred when the new church was built and are in very good condition . On the outside of the tower over the door is this inscription:"Christ Church, Ardkeen, consecrated May 27th 1847: Rev Alexr Bullick, rector This tower was built in 1891 by public subscription: Rev Hugh Stowell, Rector: J Mitchell, N Ennis, Churchwardens, Ps CXXII, 1".

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