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Graveyard Information

Ardquin

County : Down

Denomination :

Graveyard Name : Ardquin

Civil Parish : Ardquin

Town / Townland : Ardquin

OS Reference : J586545

Other Information : This is on a minor road to the west of the main Belfast-Portaferry road about 3 miles north of Portaferry It is in the townland and parish of Ardquin and is a pre-reformation site, being mentioned in the Taxation of 1306 No church existed from mediaeval times until 1829 when the present building was erected The old church registers were destroyed in Dublin and the present baptismal register dates from 1885, marriage from 1846 and burial from 1887 The vestry book however does go back to 1827. The graveyard is rough, with graves to both north and south of the church It has been used by both Protestant and Catholic and on the whole the Catholic gravestones are further from the church and to the north All stones in the graveyard have been copied, the oldest dating from 1769 There is a cross-slab of uncertain date, described and illustrated in the UJA, 1971, 34, 108.


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