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Graveyard Information

Tullylish Old

County : Down

Denomination :

Graveyard Name : Tullylish Old

Civil Parish : Tullylish

Town / Townland : Tullylish

OS Reference : J082486

Other Information : OS 26 Grid Ref: 082486 This is the graveyard surrounding the ruined parish church in the towniand of the same name It is approached by a road leading south across the river Bann from the main Banbridge-Gifford road The old church stands on a hill in what is probably an iron-age fort It was abandoned in 1861 when the present church across the road was built so that all that now remains is the tower and east gable The oldest stone dates from 1703 and all the older stones are on the upper part of the hill, the earliest inscriptions in the section of the graveyard near the gate dating from about 1825 One memorial tablet to Johnson was transferred from the old to the new church and there are some pre-1900 stones round the latter The old graveyard is in a rough and overgrown state On the caretaker's house at the entrance to the graveyard is a tablet with the inscription: "The Reverend Thos Beatty, Vicar, John Nicholson, Esqr and Mr Archfbald McDowell, church wardens, Anno Domini The date is obscured by an extension to the house but must have been c 1820.


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