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Saintfield CI

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County : Down

Denomination : Church of Ireland

Graveyard Name : Saintfield CI

Civil Parish : Saintfield

Town / Townland : Saintfield

OS Reference : J405591

Other Information : This is in the main Street of the town of Saintfield formerly known as Tonaghneave ("the Saint's Field") There was an early Christian church in the area of the Rector's garden and a building, Presumably on the present site, erected in 1633 but the Present church dates only from 1776 In the tower there is a sixteenth-century stone inscribed "Patrick VR9V", the meaning of which is obscure It is copied with a note in Memorials of the Dead XI, 154 Another stone over the door states that"This church was rebuilt 1776, J H Clewlow, Vicar; Wni Maine, Curate; Jn Barnet, SI Maburnys, Wardens; A Gordon,Treas " The Baptismal Register exists, 1724-57 and from 1793,the Marriage Register from 1724-57 and from 1813 and the Burial Register from 1824 The oldest date of death in the graveyard is 1672 The three memorial tablets to Blackwood-Price in the church have been copied as well as all gravestones with dates of death before 1865 The oldest stones are in front of the church and the newest are at the bottom of the hill (to the north) The graveyard was very irregular but has been tidied up in recent years There is an Elliott vault in front and a wallect enclosure containing the Price vault at the back Most of the graves are of Presbyterians who had burial rights before the First Presbyterian graveyard was opened Some of the stones were copied by the Rev David Stewart and two of these have since disappeared.

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