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Graveyard Information

Kircubbin Pres

County : Down

Denomination : Presbyterian

Graveyard Name : Kircubbin Pres

Civil Parish : Inishargy

Town / Townland : Kircubbin

OS Reference : J596627

Other Information : This church and graveyard are to the seaward (west) side of a small square in the village and townland of Kircubbin and civil parish of Inishargy The church is barely visible from the road and the square is approached by a small entry from the main road Kircubbin is a small seaport village 3" miles from Grey Abbey on the road to Portaferry, which was built largely after 1790 Prior to this there were only about 5 houses (Lewis) The congregation was originally part of Glastry but in 1777 the people here applied to be erected into a congregation and the first minister was ordained in the following year (see Brydone stone) A tablet above the door reads "Kirkcubbin Presbyterian Church, founded 1777 Church rebuilt 1861 Entrance reconstructed 1953" The baptismal register has survived from 1785 but there are no comparable marriage or burial registers Kircubbin Church of Ireland church, which dates from about 1840 when a new parish was carved out of Inishargy, has no graveyard The baptismal register dates from 1847, marriage register from 1867 and burial register from 1896 The Inishargy registers go back to 1783 and there are baptisms and marriages in the vestry book from 1728 (burials from 1769). The graveyard extends on all sides of the church with old graves in all areas The oldest stone dates from 1800, and like most graveyards in Ards most of the stones are of slate with clear-cut inscriptions The ground is level and well-kept.


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