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Graveyard Information

Greyabbey Grounds

County : Down

Denomination :

Graveyard Name : Greyabbey Grounds

Civil Parish : Greyabbey

Town / Townland : Rosemount

OS Reference : J583682

Other Information : The abbey is in the townland of Rosemount in the village and parish of Grey Abbey It is approached by the road leaving the village towards Ballywalter The abbey church is Early English in style, though the west doorway was restored in 1842 by the Montgomery family The bell-cote over the door dates from 1626 There is a recumbent figure in the chancel said to be Affreca, wife of John de Courcy and one in a side chapel which is badly mutilated and may be John de Courcy Also in the side chapel is an Anglo-Norman grave-slab or coffin lid which was brought from Black Abbey The older memorials are in the nave and are mainly of the Montgomery family though there are some other families represented The transepts contain more modern Montgomery memorials The oldest memorials were copied for Harris' "Ancient and Present State of the County of Down", Dublin, 1744, pp 49-55 This has preserved the inscriptions on several memorials now lost Harris' transcripts are mainly included in Memorials of the Dead, II, 64-67 and V, 179-186, though there are several differences in spelling between Harris and the stones as they exist at present One of the stones is stated to be a replacement and others may have been re-cut so there is no firm reason to doubt Harris's accuracy The version given below is that extant today, except where an inscription is lost There are some recumbent slabs in the nave and a large vault-like structure in the north transept, otherwise all memorials are tablets on the inside of the church walls The tablets are often in groups and the modern Montgomery inscriptions are listed together All inscriptions in the abbey are recorded below, the oldest dating from 1633.

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