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Kilclief CI

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County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Kilclief CI

Civil Parish : Kilchief

Town / Townland : Kilchief

OS Reference : J596457

Other Information : This is the parish graveyard of Kilclief about 7 miles due east of Downpatrick in the townland of Kilclief The name means 'church of the hurdles' and the site probably dates from early Christian times There are remnants of four anglo-norman grave-slabs in the area (2 in the church, I in the graveyard (to the south of the porch) and I in the castle) The church was a ruin in 1622 but there has been a church on the site almost continuously, the present building dating from soon after 1839 The old registers were destroyed in the Four Courts fire and surviving baptismal registers are from 1880, marriage from 1845 and burial from 1870 The oldest date of death on a stone is 1752 and all with dates of death before 1865 have been copied The graveyard was used by all denominations, the protestants being largely confined to the north side On this side there are two large vaults, one of the Greer family and the other said to be of the Keown-Boyd family The graveyard is in rather a wild state, especially at the eastern end.

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