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Breda

County : Down

Denomination : Municipal

Graveyard Name : Breda

Civil Parish : Knockbreda

Town / Townland : Breda

OS Reference : J344698

Other Information : This is the graveyard of the old parish church of Breda, in the townland of Breda and situated in Belvoir Park estate Previous to 1658 there were two separate parishes of Knock and Breda but as both had fallen into decay one new church was built in 1747 for the parish of Knockbreda The graveyard has been almost entirely wrecked by trees and vandals and only four stones survive intact The oldest legible stone records a death in 1717 and all inscriptions are copied b6low There is also in the graveyard the remains of a mausoleum built by Arthur Hill-Trevor, first Viscount Dungannon The Knockbreda parish registers date from 178415 (baptism and marriage) and 1787 (burial). This graveyard has become derelict beyond hope of restoration but the wall is being repaired (1974) The stones were first listed in Vol 1, p 1, published in 1966 and a few have come to light since then The date of the building of Knockbreda is erroneously given as 1747 in Vol 1 This is the date given in Lewis' "Topographical Dictionary" but Carmody in his "History of the Parish of Knockbreda" (p 13) explains that the true date was 1737.

County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Knockbreda

Civil Parish : Knockbreda

Town / Townland : Breda

OS Reference : J352702

Other Information : This is the townland of Breda and parish of Knockbreda to the west of Belfast - Carryduff Road Its is in fact approached from the old road from Belfast through Newtownbreda village to Liaburn All the older graves lie above the wall in the area around the church. Many of the older inscriptions have been recorded in Memorials of the Dead X1, the oldest dating from 1763.


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