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Graveyard Information

Comber CI

County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Comber CI

Civil Parish : Comber

Town / Townland : Comber (?)

OS Reference : J462692

Other Information : This is the graveyard lying round Comber Parish Church in the town square and is the only old graveyard in the area, though the Non Subscribing Presbyterian graveyard dates from late 19th century The church is built on or near the site of the Cistercian Abbey of Comber founded in 1199, burnt in 1572 and obliterated to build the house known as Mount Alexander about 1623 The churchyard wall to the south contains worked stones from the abbey The date of the church is unknown and Ewart's date of 1611 seems rather early but there would certainly have been a building on the site by the late seventeenth century Harris mentions it in 1744 It was probably rebuilt early in the nineteenth century and the transept was added in 1913 The parish registers all date from 1683 and the two Presbyterian Churches have baptismal registers dating back to 1847 (first) and 1849 (second) The Presbyterian marriage registers date from civil registration The oldest gravestone in the graveyard dates from 1633 and all with dates of death before 1865 have been recorded below There are also a large number of memorial tablets in the church and all prior to 1900 have been recorded A few inscriptions were copied in Mernorials of the Dead, 111, 425;TV, 387 and XI, 22 The graveyard is mainly in good condition with most of the stones in orderly rows However, some appear to have been recently buried and had to be cleared to copy them Others may still exist under many inches of earth. "The entries on the Brett family in the second edition of VOL 5, p, 77 contain several errors and I am grateful to Mr C E B Brett for pointing them out, The bird in the first memorial tablet is a falcon and Fox- Davies Amorial Families (1910) described the amorial bearings of Charles HenryBrett son of the Rev Wills Hill Brett, The crest as "" A falcon proper jessed gules, belled and vervelled or"" The motto is ""Vilia contempit aucupia"" meaning "" The at of falconry despies what is low"" The Rev Wills Hill Brett was the Great grandfather of C E B Brett."

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