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Graveyard Information

Glastry Pres

County : Down

Denomination : Presbyterian

Graveyard Name : Glastry Pres

Civil Parish : Ballyhalbert

Town / Townland : Glastry

OS Reference : J630626

Other Information : Glastry is a village 2 miles east of Kircubbin in the townland of Glastry and parish of Ballyhalbert and contains both Presbyterian and Methodist churches The congregation became independent in 1720 with its first minister in 1725, and was originally known as Ballyhalbert The present church is T-shaped and was built, according to the inscription over the front door, in "Anno Dom 1777 Rev W S Dickson, Minister" (See Introduction) Over the back porch of the church is the instruction "Serve the Lord with gladness" The baptismal and marriage records of the congregation date from 1728 but there is no early burial register and the oldest date of death in the graveyard is 1838 Although there are 17 stones with dates of death prior to 1865, many of the actual Stones are of later date and it seems that the graveyard was only extensively used in the later nineteenth century It surrounds the church and slopes steeply on the north east to be continuous with a modern extension All stones recording deaths before 1900 have been copied.

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