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Graveyard Information

Balloo House Vault

County : Down

Denomination :

Graveyard Name : Balloo House Vault

Civil Parish : Bangor

Town / Townland : Balloo

OS Reference : J508795

Other Information : Balloo House was half a mile to the east of the Bangor-Newtownards about a mile and a half south of Bangor The property had been in the possession of the Nicholson family since 1641 as evidence by a stone inscribed W N 1641 which was built into the SE quoin The house, however was of 18th and early 19th century date It was considered of sufficient interest to be described and illustrated (doorway only) in An Archaeological Survey of county Down (1966) and yet within ten years, when it passed into local government hands, it was burnt by vandals and then pulled down The earlier Nicholsons were buried in Bangor Abbey under a fine armorial stone (see p 150) and the genealogy of both stems of the family appears in Burkes Landed Gentry of Ireland (1912 edition) with an illustration of the Nicholson arms The Steele-Nicholson arms are in the 1904 edition The vault was on the eastern edge of the wooded area and was built into a low mound, It had been severely vandalized and the well cut slab at the entrance smashed in two It was built in 1792 by William Nicholson (d 1798), and after his death the property passed to bis brother and eventually to his nephew William Steele-Nicholson who was buried there The mausoleum was demolished in 1976 to make way for a factory development, at which date the remains were re-interred in the family burial plot in the Abbey churchyard Until the early 1970's, traces of the old monastic road running from Bangor to Newtownards could be seen about twenty yards to the east of the mausoleum.

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