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Graveyard Information

Glynn CI

County : Antrim

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Glynn CI

Civil Parish : Glynn

Town / Townland : Glynn

OS Reference : J408997

Other Information : At the south end of Glynn village a bridge carries the Shore Road over the little river known locally as "The Gut" From here one lane leads to the railway station while another follows the right bank of the stream past Glynn House to the ancient graveyard which is now in the townland and parish of Glynn, and which viewed from the laneway presents the visitor with the sight of gravestones rising dramatically above him in tiers till the bank is crowned with a medieval church, roofless and ivy clad on a carpet of winter heliotrope When the vicar of Glynn was appointed in 1838 the parish had been without a serviceable church building for centuries, but, by the close of 1840 the present neat little Church of Ireland structure, designed by Charles Lanyon,had been erected to the west of the older ruin. The graveyard has been used by various denominations with the area inside the ruined church reserved by custom for Roman Catholics In 1912 a southern extension was added to the burial ground Less than two miles to the south-west Magheramorne Presbyterian Church was built in 1876 but there is no burial ground associated with it All inscriptions with dates of death before 1900 have been copied including the wall plaques in St John's Church Records of baptisms and burials exist from 1838 and marriages from 1842 In April 1840 J Bleakly of the Ordnance Survey visited the graveyard and listed twenty-eight surnames which he read on the tombstones. Some of these are not to be found to-day They are AIKEN, BAINE, BOLE, BOYD, GIBSON, MOORE and REAM' Several names which we would have expected to see on his list are not included viz: FWL(ERT)ON, 1716; GUY, 1724;McCLEVERTY, 1785;NIVEN, 1705 In a rather confused paragraph of abbreviated notes Bleakly seems to be adducing instances of longevity from the stones-and in some cases probably using inscriptions which are now gone.


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