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Graveyard Information

Carrowdore CI

County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Carrowdore CI

Civil Parish : Donaghadee

Town / Townland : Ballyrawer

OS Reference : J593733

Other Information : This is 6 miles east of Newtownards approached from a small road between Carrowdore Castle and the sea It is in the townland of Ballyrawer and in the civil parish of Donaghadee There was a chapel of St Kolman in 1306 which stood in the towniand of Grangee nearby, but was ruined in 1622 From mediaeval times the area has been included in the parish of Donaghadee but in 1843 a new parish was carved out and a new church built The church was paid for by Lord John George Beresford, uncle of Mrs George Dunbar of Woburn and built on land given by Nicholas De Lacherois Crommelin of Carrowdore Castle The nave alone was opened in 1843 and the chancel, vestry and spire added in 1859 On the spire is inscribed:- "To the Glory of God and in memory of a beloved niece Harriette Isabella Delapoer, daughter of Lord George Beresford and wife of George Dunbar, Esq This tower and spire were erected by John George, Archbishop of Armagh, with whom she resided from her childhood until her decease April the eighteenth 1859" The original registers from 1841-2 were destroyed in the Four Courts and present registers are:- baptism from 1873, marriage from 1846 and burials from 1875 The graveyard is level and all stones prior to 1900 have been easily copied though they are spread throughout the main area to the north of the church The enclosure of the De Lacherois Crommelin family is to the east of the church and that of the Dunbar family to the north-east There is a new section of the graveyard to the north-west, which contains one stone of the 19th century All gravestones in the old graveyard were copied by the Rev H C Marshall c 1936 and several have disappeared since then.

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