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Graveyard Information

Ballyphilip CI

County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Ballyphilip CI

Civil Parish : Ballyphilip

Town / Townland : Portaferry

OS Reference : J595511

Other Information : This is round the new Church of Ireland Church in Portaferry, one entrance being opposite the old graveyard on the Belfast Road The Church was built in 1787 and one of the Savage memorials was transferred to it Apart from the memorials, the oldest recorded date of death is 1807 The parish registers all date from 1745 but, of course, most burials during the nineteenth century continued in the old graveyard There are many memorial tablets in the church but only those before 1900 have been copied The graveyard is very tidy and all stones before 1865 are included below. This is in the townland and parish of Ballyphilip and town of Portaferry The origin of the site is unknown, the old name, Temple Cranny suggesting that it is of some antiquity The ruins are possibly as old as the sixteenth century but there was an older parish church in the rectory grounds which was accidentally destroyed about 1784 Temple Cranny was dismantled in 1787 when the modern parish church was built across the road The Savage memorial was then transferred to the new church and a replica placed in the ruins The parish registers all date from 1745. The graveyard is uneven but the grass is kept cut by the local Council This results in a tidy appearance beneath which many old flat stones are probably concealed Some of these were uncovered with difficulty to copy for these transcripts A few stones of sandstone or shale and irretrievably lost by flaking The oldest dates from 1659 and, as there were few stones without dates before 1864 all stones in the graveyard have been included below.


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