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Graveyard Information

Kilmore Pres

County : Down

Denomination : Presbyterian

Graveyard Name : Kilmore Pres

Civil Parish : Kilmore

Town / Townland : Drumaghlis

OS Reference : J422525

Other Information : O S 23 Grid Ref 422525. This is in the townland of Drumaghlis and parish of Kilmore on a secondary road two miles west of Crossgar The congregation was formed in 1713 as an offshoot of Saintfield After the death of the Rev, Arthur Neilson in 1831 it divided on the Arian controversy and the Non-subscribing half remained at Rademan while those adhering to the Synod of Ulster built a new church in 1834 The oldest stone in the graveyard, as well as the baptismal and marriage registers, all date from 1833 The old congregation of Lissara, which had no graveyard has baptismal registers dating from 1809 and marriage registers from 1811 See "The Story of Kilmore Presbyterian Church " by the Rev David Stewart, Belfast, 1932; also "Historical Account of Lissara Presbyterian Church " by J W S Lowry, Belfast, 1883 The older part of the graveyard is in a hollow beside the church but later it extended up the hill and quarrying was done to facilitate the digging of graves There are four vaults in this part but one has been converted for use as a toolshed and another is modern.

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