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Kilwarlin Moravian

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County : Down

Denomination : Moravian

Graveyard Name : Kilwarlin Moravian

Civil Parish : Hillsborough

Town / Townland : Corcreeny

OS Reference : J210589

Other Information : This is in a sheltered hollow half a mile south of the Hillsborough Moira road in the townland of Corcreeny and parish of Hillsborough The congregation was founded here in 1754 and the church has the following inscription over the door:- "The ancient episcopal church of the United Brethren commonly called Moravians erected AD 1755, rebuilt Oct 13th 1834" It was in fact, rebuilt through the efforts of the Rev Basil Patras Zula who had come here a few years earlier as Probationer Minister He, by his energy increased the congregation from 6 to 129 and persuaded the Marquis of Downshire to let them rebuild The oldest headstone dates from 1837, that is soon after the rebuilding and there are no church registers before this period The graveyard is well kept with all the stones lying flat in the ground A few are illegible The mounds and banks outside the graveyard which are so beautifully maintained were laid out by the Rev Basil Zula to represent the scene of the Battle of Thermopylae.

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