Saint Colmanell’s Church of Ireland Ahoghill Gravestones


Ahoghill is about five miles from Portglenone and, in the other direction, is some four miles from Ballymena.

Saint Colmanell’s Church of Ireland is located on Church Street in Ahoghill.  Despite travelling through the village many thousands of times, for study, work and leisure, this remarkably was my first ever time on Church Street. 

There are two additional church premises to see on the street.  As you walk up the street, you will initially encounter what is known locally as the Old Church Yard (on your left), then some yards later Trinity Church (again on the left side of the street) and ultimately Saint Colmanell’s church (again on the left, at the top of the hill and around a corner). The church is grouped with Portglenone Church of Ireland, and they share a rector.

The church setting is beautiful. The church, with it’s wonderful spire, is set in a delightfully serene landscape. I initially took photographs at the back of the church, where the graveyard is located.  Subsequently I got some decent photos of the front of the church – getting the view below, by crouching low at the church entrance (trying to get a view between the trees that line both sides of the driveway).

St Colmanell's Ahoghill
Saint Colmanell’s Church of Ireland, Ahoghill

Construction of the Church in 1863

The foundation stone for the church was laid by Mr’s O’Neill of Shanes Castle (wife of the Reverend William O’Neill) on an apparently delightful sunny Tuesday 4th August 1863.

The Ballymena Observer at the time noted that: “For a long time past, there has been a pressing necessity for a greater amount of church accommodation in that parish. The funds for the new erection were raised chiefly by voluntary subscriptions, collected by the unwearied diligence of the Reverend Alfred Lee, the Parochial incumbent, and the site was kindly granted by the Reverend Robert Rowan of Mount Davys.”

On the day that the foundation stone was laid, 4th August 1863, a morning service was held at the old church – with a reading by the previously mentioned Reverend William O’Neill of Shane’s Castle. He was helped by the Dean of Connor, and the Reverend Lee. The sermon was subsequently delivered by the Dean of Down, from the text of Ist Samuel vii. verse 12: “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.”

At the end of the service, a collection was taken, and the monies received were submitted to the new church construction fund.

The reverends and their congregation, subsequently proceeded the short distance to the location of the new church, where, according to the Ballymena Observer: “a silver trowel, bearing a suitable inscription, was presented to Mrs O’Neill, who gracefully proceeded to adjust the foundation stone, after which she struck it three times, and said, “To the Glory of God, and in the name of the ever blessed Trinity, I lay this stone.”  The dedication was read by Mr. William Millar, senior churchwarden; the ceremonies were followed by a hymn, sung by the assembled multitude, and the final benediction was then pronounced.

A complimentary address from the parishioners — beautifully grossed on vellum, illuminated, and magnificently bound in book form — was subsequently read and presented to the respected Rector of the parish, the Reverend Alfred T. Lee, who was also presented with an affectionate address by a deputation on behalf of the male and female Sunday schools…..on the conclusion of the proceedings, a large number of the aristocracy and gentry (some 80 in number) adjourned to the Rectory, where, a handsome marquee which had been erected on the lawn, they partook of sumptuous repast, comprising every delicacy of the season.”

Saint Colmanell’s Parish Church, Headstone Surnames

Saint Colmanell's Church of Ireland Ahoghill
Saint Colmanell’s Church of Ireland

I counted some 179 gravestones, which encompassed the following surnames – Adams, Alexander, Balmer, Bamber, Barr, Beattie, Beatty, Becher, Bell, Biggerstaff, Burnett, Burns, Campbell, Carleton, Clarke, Coulter, Craig, Crawford, Davison, Dobbyn, Douglas, Drummond, Duff, Dunseath, Faulkner, Ferguson, Galloway, Gihon, Gilroy, Givens, Glover, Gordon, Greene, Haire, Hamilton, Henry, Higginson, Hilton, Hollinger, Houston, Hudson, Hutchinson, Johnston, Kane, Keith, Kennedy, Kerr, Kilpatrick, King, Kirkpatrick, Knox, Lee, Leetch, Leggett, Logan, Love, Lynn, MacManus, Magee, Marks, McClintock, McComb, McDonald, McIlvenna, McLean, McMeekin, McNeill, Mellon, Millar, Miller, Milligan, Milliken, Moffitt, Montgomery, Moody, Mooney, Murdock, Nicholl, Patman, Perry, Pleasance, Robinson, Rowan, Scrimiger, Simpson, Small, Smyth, Spence, Steed, Surgenor, Taylor, Thompson, Wallace, Waller, Watson, Weir, Young.

Headstones, Most Frequently Occurring Family Surnames

Lee 9, Rowan 9, Nicholl 6, Weir 6, Young 6, Crawford 5, Johnston 5, Campbell 4, Robinson 4, Bamber 3, Bell 3, Craig 3, Kerr 3, McDonald 3, Perry 3.

Not So Common Surnames

Becher, Biggerstaff, Dobbyn, Haire, Higginson, Hollinger, Keith, Leetch, Leggett, McMeekin, Mellon, Milliken, Patman, Scrimiger

Earliest Deaths

The oldest death that I could find on a gravestone in the churchyard, was that of the Reverend Edward Hudson. He had formerly been rector of this parish and died in 1804.  Next was Hester MacManus who died in 1812, and then her husband Alexander MacManus (the late Lieutenant Colonel of the Antrim Militia) who died 1817.  Alexander Bryan died in 1838.

The Gravestones

Adams

Alexander
To the memory of Hester Helena Alexander widow of the Rev Robert Alexander of Portglenone House, formerly Archdeacon of Down and rector of this parish and daughter of Colonel MacManus of Mount Davys who died on the 23rd June 1874 in the 86th year of her age And her remains are interred in the vault of the MacManus Family this tablet was erected to her memory and the vault enclosed by the Alexander family

Balmer
Balmer

Balmer
In loving memory of my dear husband James died 10th June 1969 ‘Till we Meet’

Bamber
In loving memory of our dear parents William died 13th Feb 1965 Mary Ellen died 7th May 1983 Also their daughter Wilma died 27th Dec 1947 And grandson William died 31st May 1977

Bamber
W. Bamber

Bamber
In loving memory of William & Mary Bamber

Barr
Erected in memory of Margaret Barr of Broughdone who died on the 31st March 1869 aged 73 years

Barr
In loving memory of our dear daughter Ann died 15th January 1951 aged 1 year and 8 months Loved and Redeemed

Beattie
To the memory of John Beattie of Ballyminstra who died in Christ 24.3.1921 aged 67 yrs & Margaret his beloved wife who also died in faith 5.4.1930 aged 71 yrs ‘We thank our God upon every remembrance of them’ Their eldest daughter Hannah also entered into rest 14.12.46 Also their daughter May Margaret fell asleep in Jesus 11.2.77 Also daughter Janie Elizabeth called home 10.6.1982 aged 86 years Till he come ‘The dead in Christ shall rise first’ 1 Thess 4.16

Beatty
The family burying ground of Nathanial Beatty late of Ballyminstra who died in the Lord on the 30th June 1870 aged 46 years His daughter Mary Beatty had gone before him having died on the 18th August 1861 aged 5 years Also his beloved wife Hannah Beatty who died 24th Augt 1877 aged 49 ‘Et Quisquis vivit et credit in me non morietur in aeternum’ Also the infant children of John and Margaret Beattie James Weir died 21st 4 1888 aged 7 months Jane Elizabeth 9.10.1891 3 years 10 months Samuel 30.8.1895. 13 months

Becher
To the glory of God and in loving memory of Lancelot H. Becher rector of this parish 1906-1911 died May 1912 Erected by friends and parishioners

Bell
In loving memory of a devoted wife and mother Martha died 19th November 1965. Also her beloved husband and our dear father James died 24th May 1978

Bell
Bell In loving memory of my dear parents James A. R. Bell died 8th March 1960 Ellen Bell died 14th October 1981 Also baby Ronnie died 8th September 1938 aged 6 months ‘The day thou gavest Lord is Ended’

Bell
In loving memory of William Bell Also Baby Wilma died 22nd October 1939 And Elizabeth wife of above William Bell died 29th August 1952

Biggerstaff
Erected by Annie Biggerstaff in loving memory of her dear husband Robert John died 8th November 1950 aged 56 years Also the above named Annie died 9th April 1972 aged 71 years The day thou gavest Lord is ended

Burnett
Burnett William Burnett died 10th July 1940 Also his daughter-in-law Agnes died 1st April 1955 And his son William died 31st March 1972

Burns
Burns

Campbell
Erected by Agnes B Campbell in memory of her father Dr Jarvis Campbell who died 15th May 1911 Also her mother Christina who died 8th March 1913 The above Agnes B Campbell who died 15th January 1938 Also Mary [A.Y.?] beloved wife of James W. C. Grant who died 6th June 1955 and the above James W. C. Grant who died 11th Nov 1961 and their daughter Irene P.M. Grant 22

Campbell

Campbell

Campbell
Erected by Samuel Campbell of Crea In memory of his beloved wife Eliza Carson who fell asleep in Jesus on the 20th September 1868 aged 32 years ‘If we believe that Jesus died and Rose a[gain ??? them also which Sle?????? bring with him’

Carleton
In loving memory of Holly died 15/3/1978

Carleton
Carleton

Clarke
In loving memory of David Clarke, died 30th June 1913. Also his father Robert James Clarke, died 30th June 1913 Also his mother Elizabeth Clarke died 16th July 1938 ‘Until he come’

Coulter
Erected by Lizzie Coulter, Ballybollan, in memory of her father William John Coulter who died 4th June 191 aged 87 years Also her mother Catherine Coulter who died 5th Nov 1919 aged 86 years Also her sister Mary Ann who died June 188[1, 3 or 8] aged 23 years Also two children who died in infancy

Craig
Erected in memory of John Craig, Straid, died 14th December 1901

Craig
Erected by Joseph Craig, Gloonan, in memory of his daughter Mary Anne who died 14th June 1893 aged 17 years Also his son Joseph who died 7th July 1893 aged 32 years Also his beloved wife Isabella who died 30th July 1896 aged 58 years

Craig
In loving memory of John Craig who died 21st July 1959 aged 73 years Also his beloved wife Mary died 28th March 1908 aged 95 years ‘Asleep in Jesus’

Crawford
In memory of a dear wife and mother Mary Elizabeth (May) died 6th June 1969 Also her husband Archibald died 19th November 1977 Also their daughter Molly died 16th June 1985 Till we Meet

Crawford
Erected by Arthur & Annie Crawford in memory of their beloved daughter Edna Hazel Crawford died 13th October 1923 Also their younger son Clarence Arthur Crawford died 28th November 1928 ‘Asleep in Jesus’

Crawford
Crawford

Crawford
Erected by Mary Ann Crawford in memory of her father and mother Archibald Crawford died 20th January 1935 Sarah Crawford died 10th April 1940 Their daughter Jane died in infancy Also their daughter Mary Ann Crawford died 27th February 1986 Asleep in Jesus

Crawford
Crawford

Davison
In loving memory of Samuel Davison, Galgorm Parks, born 1893, died 1946, Also Elizabeth his wife born 1867 died 1935 ‘God is Love’

Davison
In loving memory of a dear husband and father Samuel died 1st April 1969 ‘God is Love’
Dobbyn
To the Glory of God in ever grateful and loving memory of G.H.W. Dobbyn died May 1908 and A. L. Dobbyn died Sept 1927 ‘I give unto them eternal life’

Douglas
Erected by Clarke Douglas, Ahoghill, in memory of his mother Rachel Douglas, died 25th Dec 1911 And his brother Henry died 7th Oct 1914 Margaret Cathcart died 26th Dec 1902 Mary McMaster died 26th Feb 1913

Drummond
Hos Gloria Reddit homores Sacred to the memory of James L Drummond M. D. Surgeon R. N. Professor of Anatomy of the Royal Academical Institution and founder of the Natural History Society of Belfast After serving his country with distinction in the fleet under the command of Admiral Lord Collingwood by who his talents zeal and professional skill were highly appreciated he dedicated the close of his life to science which he enriched by his discoveries and illustrated by many able, eloquent and ingenious writings He died 17th May 1853 aged 68

Drummond
To the glory of God and in memory of Eliza wife of the above James Drummond LLD and second daughter of Daniel O’Rorke Esq. of Ballybollen died November 27th 1896 aged 91 years

Duff
Erected by James Duff in loving memory of his mother Eliza Pepper Duff beloved wife of John Duff 1859-1908 I have fought a good fight I have finished my course I have kept the faith

Dunseath
Erected by James Dunseath of Ahoghill in memory of his wife Mary who died 10th June 1876 aged 60 years And James Dunseath who died 5th Sep 1881 aged 64 yrs

Faulkner
Erected by Alexander Faulkner of Mount Davys in memory of his dear wife Jane who died 30th July 1880 aged 39 yrs Also her sister Agnes Boyd who died 16th Decr 1878 aged 45 yrs Alexander Faulkner died 26th September 1892 aged 52 years

Ferguson
Erected by Annie Ferguson in memory of her mother Grace Horner who departed this life 23rd August 1879 aged 70 years

Galloway
Erected by Mary Galloway of Ballybollan in memory of her husband Andrew Galloway who departed this life 13th December 18870 aged 64 years The above named Mary Galloway died 8th Jan 1892 aged 78 years Their son Andrew Galloway died 18th June 1919 aged 78 years Their daughter-in-law Margaret Galloway wife of William Galloway died 16th Feb 1942 aged 78 years And their son William Galloway died 24th June 1956 aged 97 years Also their daughter Mary Galloway died 8th May 1973 aged 96 years And their sons James died 8th Feb 1973 aged 86 years Andrew died 14th Feb 1978 aged 93 years

Gihon
‘I know that my Redeemer Liveth’ In fond memory of Andrew Montgomery Gihon who died 21st April 1886 aged 9 years and 6 months Also of William Gihon his father who died 10th January 1907 And Grace Elizabeth Gihon his mother died 23rd August 1919 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God’

Gilroy
Sacred to the memory of Herbert Gilroy who died 16th March 1922 aged 20 years ‘By thy cross and passion’

Givens
‘The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want He leadeth me beside the still waters’

Glover
Treasured memories of our dear parents Samuel died 21st June 1934 Ellen died 6th April 1947 Their infant son Samuel died 17th March 1920 Also Mary Ellen (May) an affectionate wife and mother died 4th July 1984 ‘Resting where no shadows fall’

Gordon
In loving memory of the Gordon family, Straid

Greene
In memory of the very Reverend William Greene, formerly Dean of Achonry & rector of this parish. He died Jan 15th 1843 aged 76 years

Haire
Erected by William Haire of Carnearney in memory of his beloved wife Sarah Haire who departed this life 21st Sept 1876 aged 81 years

Hamilton

Henry
Erected by Robert Henry, Ballyminstra, in loving memory of his wife Rose Henry born 23rd December 1828 died 1st April 1897 Robert Henry born 26th June 1826, died 19th Oct 1909 Also their daughter Elizabeth born 12th May 1850 died 22nd July 1920 ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord’ Rev XIV.13

Henry
In loving memory of a dear husband and father Robert died 17th November 1968

Higginson
In loving memory of George Wm Higginson who died 24th Dec 1879 aged 70 years Also his wife Mary who died 3rd June 1890 aged 22 years

Hilton
In loving memory of Joseph Hilton who entered into rest 16th July 1902 aged 37 years And of their dear children Martha and Jane who died in infancy ‘Know that my redeemer liveth’

Hollinger

Houston
Erected by Thomas Houston of Carmacmoin in memory of his father Joseph Houston who died 9th March 1892 aged 75 years Nancy wife of Joseph Houston died 21st June 1915 aged 106 years

Houston

Hudson
In memory of the Rev Edward Hudson formerly Rector of this parish. He died May 1st 1804, erected by his grandson Edward Hudson Esq. of Dublin

Hutchinson
Sacred to the memory of Sarah Hutchinson, widow, who died on 27th January 1891 at Ahoghill Rectory the residence of her son-in-law Edward Patman, Rector of the parish

Johnston
In loving memory of John Johnston of Ahoghill died 11th March 1952 aged 85 years Johnston Ellen Johnston died 12th March 1976 aged 93 years

Johnston
In memory of Grace Johnston died Nov 17th 1919 aged 93 years And her sister Jane Johnston died July 22 1920 aged 94 years of the Crescent, Ardglass, County Down

Johnston
Erected by Hugh Johnston, Galgorm, to the dear memory of his daughter Matilda who departed this life 1st February 1870 aged 19 years ‘In loving hearts thou lie just yet’ Also his beloved wife Jane who depd this life 1st Dec 1882 aged 57 years

Johnston
In loving memory of Thomas Johnston died 28th October 1952

Johnston

Kane
In remembrance of Robert G Kane, died 1st March 1936 Also of his daughters Sadie died 3rd March 1927 and Jennie died 15th Sept 1932 Erected by his wife Sarah Kane

Keith

Kennedy
Erected by David Kennedy, Killane, in memory of his wife Catherine who died 16th May 1876 aged 45 years Also of his daughter Catherine who died 26th January 1873 aged 10 years And of his daughter Elizabeth who died 18th May 1892 aged 35 years Also the above David Kennedy who died 25th June 1904 aged 80 years

Kennedy
Erected by Watson Kennedy in loving memory of his wife Isabella Kennedy who died 25th March 1935

Kerr
In loving memory of a dear husband and devoted father Philip died 21st Feburary 1981 The day thou gavest Lord is Ended

Kerr
In remembrance of Philip died 9th October 1948 Also his wife Margaret died 7th June 1960 Also their son James Kerr died 29th June 1925 ‘Until we Meet’

Kerr
Treasured memories of a devoted husband and father Robert (Bobby) called home 25th September 1973 ‘Jesus beholding him loved him’ Mark 10 v. 21

Kilpatrick
In loving memory of a dear wife and devoted mother Minnie died 4th February 1970 Also her husband Alexander Kilpatrick died 21st June 1974 Also their son William died 25th November 1983
Kilpatrick
ZZ
1987 Kilpatrick Erected by William Kilpatrick in loving memory of my dear wife Catherine died 26th September 1987 Also the above named William died 28th February 1988 Also Margaret Davis died 11th March 1989

King
To the sacred memory of Edward King, CLK aged 28 years who died 21st May 1871 'For so he giveth his beloved sleep'

Kirkpatrick
In loving memory of our dear son Alan died 30th August 1971

Kirkpatrick
In loving memory of our dear parents Robert died 2nd December 1956 Jane died 22nd October 1971 Also their son David died 5th October 1949 Also their son James died 15th February 1974 ‘The day thou gavest Lord is ended’

Knox
Alexander Knox Tully died 6th April 1985 Also his wife Janey Elizabeth died 12th September 1961 Dear parents of Charles and Margaret

Lee
To the dear memory of Alice Caroline Dalway daughter of the Rev Dr Alfred T Lee, Rector of this parish And Euphemia his wife who died in peace October 24 1869 aged 5 years and 9 months ‘The maid is not dead but sleepeth’ St. Mat. IX.24 Also in memory of Melville Laureston son of the above who died in infancy May 26 1870

Lee
To the memory of Alfred Horatio Dalway Lee son of Rev Dr Alfred T Lee and Euphemia his wife who died at Ballybollan in this parish on May 4th 1875 aged 18 years ‘In your patience posses ye your souls’ St Luke XXI.19

Lee
To the glory of God & to the dear memory of Sophia widow of the late Sir John T. Lee of Lauriston Hall, Torquay & mother of the Rev Alfrd T. Lee, M.A., rector of this parish. She died in peace Oct 27th 1863 aged 77 years

Lee
Canon William Henry Askins Lee 34 years rector of this parish died 28th March 1954 Also his wife Frances Anna Lee died June 13th 1950

Lee
In memoriam Louisa Lee, died February 8th 1945

Lee
In loving memory Henry Askins Lee died April 22nd 1938

Lee
To the glory of God & to the dear memory of Alice Caroline Dalway daughter of the Rev Dr Lee rector of this parish who died October 24th 1869 aged 5 years and nine months. mine saith the Lord

Lee
To the glory of God and to the memory of Marriot Alfred Dalway Lee who died in peace July 30th 1864 aged 10 years

Lee
To the glory of God and in grateful record of the incumbency of the Rev Alfred T Lee, LLD, DCL rector of this parish from Jly 12th AD 1858 until November 1st Anno Domini 1872 erected by the parishioners and other friends as a testimony to their high appreciation of his personal qualities and of their gratitude for his able and zealous labours in this parish. His arduous exertions for the erection of this Church of St Colmanell and his eminent services to the Irish Church at large ‘Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do Do it with thy might’ Eccl IX. 10

Leetch

Leetch
John T Leetch in loving memory In loving memory Jeannie Leetch In loving memory Margaret Leetch ‘The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not Want He leadeth me beside still waters’

Leggett

Logan

Logan
The Logan family burial ground

Love

Lynn
Erected in memory of Gibson Lynn, Galgorm Parks, who died 18th Nov 1890 aged 56 years And of his wife Mary who died 12th April 1902 aged 66 years Also their daughter Ellen who died 8th June 1877 aged 1 year And their daughter Margaret Jane who died 24th Nov 1885 aged 17 years And also their nephew James Lynn who died 12th Feb 1900 aged 1 year

MacManus
Sacred to the memory of Alexander MacManus of Mount Davis Esq. late Lieut. Col. of the Antrim Militia who died on the 23rd of Feby 1817 aged 58 years Also to the memory of his son Alexander Bryan of Mount Davys Esq. who died on the 4th Day of Jany 1838 aged 47 years This tablet was erected by Hester widow of Lieut. Col MacManus as a memorial to the affection which she cherished the memory of her beloved husband and only son. Her mortal remains now repose with theirs in the vault beneath this church Patient in tribulation, instant in prayer, she passed into life eternal looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of her faith Nov. 30th 1812 aged 80 years Removed from the old church A.D. 1865

Magee
In loving memory of Elizabeth Picken Magee eldest daughter of James and Mary Magee, Lisnafillan born 25th Decr 1878 died 13th Feby 1895 ‘She hath done what she could’ Mark 14.8 Also the said named Mary Magee born 9th July 1846 died 11th Octr 1896 And their daughter Mary Agnes Magee born 28th August 1885 died 12th October 1908 James Magee born 25th Novr 1847 died 11th Aug 1924 ‘He hath done what he could’

Magee
Erected by Charles Magee of Lisnafillan in Loving memory of his mother Mary McNeill who died 25th Marcy 1872 aged 83 years Also of his wife Nancy Magee who died 6th February 1902 aged 83 years Also Charles Magee who died 15th April 1904 aged 83 years

Marks
Erected by William McDowell in loving memory of his dear wife Ena McDowell (nee Marks) died 28th Feb 1951 aged 39 years Also her mother Agnes Marks died 26th May 1928 aged 41 years Also her father James Marks died 5th February 1958 aged 82 years ‘At home with the Lord’

Marks

McClintock

McClintock
In loving memory of Charles Edward died 16th April 1974

McComb
In loving memory of William John died 9th April 1972 And his wife Eliza Mary died 28th May 1984

McDonald
Erected in memory of Alexander McDonald, Limnaharry, who died 11th January 1918 Also his wife Maria who died 9th February 1937 And their son Samuel died in Swanshya, N. Rhodesia 18th Oct 1930 also their three children who died in infancy And their daughter Mary Reynolds who died 20th January 1940 And her husband Andrew Reynolds who died 6th April 1952 Also their daughter Jane McDonald who died 26th February 1953 Also their son William McDonald who died 19th December 1971

McDonald

McDonald
Erected by Alexander McDonald in loving memory of his dear wife Margaret McDonald who died 20th January 1939 aged 78 years Also the above-named Alexander McDonald who died 21st January 1940 aged 76 years ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord’

McIlvenna

McLean
In loving memory of Mary Ellen McLean died peacefully 12th March 1961 Also her mother Mary Ellen Robinson died 9th April 1923

McLean
In loving memory of our dear mother Ellen McLean who died 23rd Feb 1912

McMeekin
Erected by Agnes McMeekin Rose in memory of her father Robert McMeekin died 26th March 1870 aged 29 years Also her mother Sarah died 27th March 1878 aged 42 years And her sisters Mary died 26th Feby 1882 aged 20 years Esther died 24th Dec 1915 aged 48 years

McMeekin

McNeill
Erected to the memory of George McNeill who died 23rd Dec 1905 And of his wife Jane who died 9th May 1906 Also their daughters Maggie who died 21st Nov 1899 Ellen who died 21st April 1900 And Charlotte who died 3rd March 1921 Elizabeth who died 27th May 1926
Mellon
ZZ
The family burying ground of William James Mellon, Ahoghill

Millar
In memory of William Millar, surgeon of Ahoghill who died Aug 5th 1863 in his 64th year. Erected by a number of his friends as a mark of their affectionate esteem for his private & professional character

Millar
1907 In loving memory of William Millar AB who died 26th February 1893 Also his wife Catherine Hester Millar who died 20th November 1893

Miller
Erected by Mary Miller, Galgorm, in memory of her husband Benjamin Miller who died 9th Feb 1894 Also her daughter Mary Miller died 15th April 1904 Also his wife Mary who died 14th Dec 1910

Milligan
Robert died 23rd September 1981 We love you Dad

Milliken
At rest

Moffitt
Erected by Joshua and Mary Moffitt in loving memory of their youngest daughter Mary France Moffitt died 29th April 1925 Also our dearly beloved son Robert Alexander Montgomery Moffitt who passed away 9th August 1932 Also Mary dearly beloved wife of J Moffitt who passed away 9th Sept 1940 Also Joshua Moffitt dearly beloved husband of Mary Moffitt who passed away 7th Jan 1958 Also their daughter Sarah Jane Moffitt who died 15th February 1975 ‘Safe in the arms of Jesus’ Moffitt

Montgomery
In sacred and loving memory of William John Montgomery born 12th May 1821 died 28th April 1897 And of his wife Mary Hughes born 15th Feb 1826 died 16th July 1896 Also their daughter Eliz. H. Letitia Ashenhurst born 31st Oct 1864 died 20th July 1880 Also their daughter Jane Montgomery died 20th December 1924

Moody
In loving memory of a dear husband and father William died 6th February 1977 aged 88 years Thy Will be Done

Mooney
Erected by Agnes Mooney in memory of her father & mother Andrew Mooney died 15th Jany 1923 Margaret Mooney died 18th Aug 1926 And their son Andrew died 9th Novr 1882 Also their daughters Margaret, Sarah and Margaret died in infancy

Murdock
Treasured memories of our dear parents James called home 6th September 1939 Agnes called home 17th May 1976 Their daughter Sadie called home 1st March 1924 aged 2 years and 8 months Also their grandchild Earnest born 17th May 1950 called home 22nd May 1950 And their daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Lily) called home 23rd July 1985 Till We Meet Again

Murdock
In loving memory of Aunt Lily from Hillary, Tom & Family
Nicholl
Cherished memories of our dear parents Agnes, called home 24th October 1953 James, called home 6th May 1972 Redeemed

Nicholl

Nicholl
‘Man Cometh up and is cut down like a flower’ The family burying ground of Alexander Nicholl, Ahoghill, born May 1855 d. 1915 Also his wife Eliza J Meek b. 1835 d. 1896 Catherine b. Feb 1872 d. May 1872 Robert b. May 1857 d. Dec 1875 Euphemia b. Nov 1861 d. May 1876 Robert b. Nov 1875 d. May 1880 William Alexander b. 1853 d. 1893 And Samuel who died in infancy

Nicholl
Agnes Jane Nicholl died 14th March 1981

Nicholl
Nicholl. In loving memory of Thomas died 1977 Mary Ann died 1963 James died 1976 Nellie died 1981 Jean died 28th Nov 1986

Patman
To the glory of God and in loving memory of Canon Edward Patman M.A. 23 years rector of this parish born 1843 died 1911 erected by parishioners and friends

Perry
Erected by Samuel Perry of Ahoghill in memory of his father James Perry who died 13th Novr 1882 aged 51 years And of his mother Mary Jane died 3rd July 1881 aged 49 years And his wife Sarah died 9th Novr 1897 aged 42 years Elizabeth his sister died 28th June aged 17 years James his brothers died 1870 aged 5 years Also the above named Samuel Perry who died 25th January 1928

Perry
In loving memory of Margaret Perry died 6th October 1942 Also her sister Elizabeth died 10th August 1946

Perry
Perry. In loving memory of a dear husband and devoted father John died 23rd November 1922 And his wife Marion died 19th January 1980 ‘The day thou gavest Lord is ended’

Pleasance
Pleasance. In memory of Alice H. Pleasance died 1st Sep 1956

Robinson

Robinson

Robinson

Robinson
Hugh Allen Robinson born 27th July 1891 died 28th August 1953 And his wife Kathleen Francis Robinson, born 22nd May 1900 died 19th November 1972 In loving memory

Rowan
Margorie Elinor de Warrenne Rowan Who fell asleep April 25 1915 ‘If love could save thou hads’t not died’

Rowan
1874 Mary Amelia Rowan ‘A Stranger here, her master took her to a better country Christmas 1879’ Also John Joshua Rowan Lieut. 82nd Foot and Lieut. Col 4th Batt. R.I. Rifles of Mount Davys born 8th Dec 1838 died 1st May 1921

Rowan
Anna Villiers Rowan D. Jan 29 1886 aged 75 ‘The trivial round, the common task, will furnish all we ought to ask Room to dent ourselves a road to bring us daily nearer God’

Rowan
Robert Wilson Rowan d. Jan 31 1886 aged 75 ‘Why should we crave the Worldlings Wreath On whom the saviour deign’d to Breathe to whom his keys were given’

Rowan
1864 A.M. Rowan Lieut. 13th Foot b. 1841 d. 1864 Mary Dorothea daughter of R. W. Rowan and wife of A.W. Waller b Dec 14 1844 d Jan 13 1892

Rowan
In memory of Lieut. Col. John Joshua Rowan the last of the Rowans of Mount Davys and Ahoghill who for so many years gave devoted service to this church and parish born December 12th 1838 died May 1st 1921

Rowan
1864 To the glory of God and in memory of Lieut. A.M. Rowan 1st Bn 13th Prince Albert’s Light Infantry who died Augt 18th 1864, erected by his brother officers. In the mist of life we are in death

Rowan
1856 This tablet was erected by the Ahoghill & Tullygowan tenantry to the memory of John Rowan Esq. as a permanent token of their affection and esteem for his many virtues being a kind, improving land lord, an admirable son, husband and father, a most active, upright magistrate, a zealous & very efficient Grand Juror and promoter of useful public works. 1856

Rowan
To the glory of God and the dear memory of Rev R. W. Rowan of Mount Davys and of A. V. Rowan his wife who entered into 31&29 Jan 1886. Presented in grateful love by their sorrowing daughter Anna Lucinda Dobbyn for ever with the Lord Amen So let it be

Scrimiger
Erected by John Scrimiger, Ahoghill, in memory of his wife Matilda who died 15th Aug 1898 aged 48 years John Scrimiger died 3rd December 1905 aged 75 years And their son James who died 10th July 1907 aged 42 years

Simpson
In memoriam Mable Edith Annie died 27th January 1961 aged 57 years Maureen Rea O’Neill died 22nd December 1985 aged 67 years Simpson

Small

navy seaman smyth ahoghill
Second World War, Seaman R. Smyth, of Ahoghill, 1944
Smyth
R. Smyth Able Seaman. R. N. D/JX. 419433, H.M.S. ‘Black Prince’ 25th March 1944 age 31 ‘He knew not of the call he left behind an honoured name And died beloved by all’

Smyth

Spence
Erected by Elizabeth Spence in memory of her husband Alexander Spence died 11th Oct 1924 Also their son Capt the Rev Alexander 1915 while a prisoner of war from wounds received in action and was interred in the British Cemetery at Ham, France. Also the above Elizabeth Spence died 24th January 1943 aged 82 years

Spence
To the glory of God and in ever grateful memory of Rev Alexander Spence, B.A., MC, Chaplain 36th Ulster Division Samuel Crawford, James Gordon, Andrew Davison, James McKinney, William Flynn & John Wilson, Royal Irish Rifles Thomas Crawford, Royal Innis. F. James Leetch R. Scots G James Surgeoner Cam. H. Hugh Weir, Argyle TSH David Weir, AUS. IMP Force Robert Gordon, CPL, Cam Ex Force Members of this congregation who gave their lives for their country in the Great War 1914-1919 Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori

Steed
1877 Erected by Eliza Steed of Glenhue in memory of her dear husband John Steed who died the 28th April 1877 aged 56 years

Surgenor
In loving remembrance of a beloved wife and mother Elizabeth Surgenor died 3rd August 1962 Also her son Thomas died 28th May 1928 And her beloved husband Thomas died 17th November 1969 Also their son James died 9th February 1972 Also their son William died 21st February 1988 ‘Redeemed with the precious blood of Christ’ 1 Peter 1-19

Surgenor
Surgenor. In loving memory of a dear husband and devoted father David died 11th September 1978 aged 85 years Also his dear wife Nellie died 22nd Nov 1986 aged 91 yrs ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’

Taylor
Taylor, Glenhugh, Erected by Andrew Taylor in memory of his parents Andrew died 15th April 1949 aged 76 Lavina died 22nd Feb 1962 aged 85

Thompson
Thompson In loving memory of a dear wife and mother Louisa died 8th September 1981 her infant daughter Irene died 16th January 1943 Loved and Remembered

Wallace

Wallace

Waller
1908 Major Robert Jocelyn Rowan Waller, D.S.O., R.F.A. younger son of Edward Waller and Mary Dorothea Waller, born 1882 died 1968

Watson
Erected in memory of Thomas Watson, Glenhue, who departed this life 31st March 1867 aged 33 years

Watson
Erected to the dear memory of William Watson, Glenhue, who departed this life 1st February 1878 aged 37 years Also his wife Eliza Margaret who died 23rd Sep 1914 aged 68 years And their daughter Janie who died 18th Decr 1971 aged 94 years ‘This mortal must put on immortality’

Weir

Weir
Matthew died 18th Dec 1983

Weir
G. VI R. Military Police 7042868 L CPL S Weir Corps of Military Police 29th March 1942 age 36

Weir

Weir
Mary died 9th April 1984

Weir
Erected in memory of Jane Weir wife of James Grant died 5th June 1896 Also the above James Grant died 13th July 1936 Also his son Jarvis C. Grant died 12th October 1937 And his daughter Ellen Grant died 7th September 1946 His wife Margaret Grant died 2nd May 1952 Rosetta A. Wife of John R Grant died 1st Feb 1973 The above John R Grant died 5th Aug 1973 Ephesians 2.1

Young
1876 ‘They See his face and his name in in their foreheads’ Rev. XXII.4′ In memory of Grace Charlotte Gillespie wife of John Young of Galgorm Castle born 1835 died 1876 and of John Robert her infant son born 1868 died 1869 Also of Rose his second wife born 1831 died 1894 And John Young born December 14 1826, died December 5 1916

Young
1956 In loving memory of Henry George Young who died 16th August 1956 aged 89 years And his wife Adelaide Glencairn Campbell Young who died 2nd January 1965 aged 89 years

Young
‘Behold the upright for The end of that man is peace’ Ps XXXVII. 37 In memory of William Alexander Young of Kintullagh died March 1894 aged 64 And Margaret Young his wife died August 1911 aged 78 Also Grace Charlotte infant daughter of Wm Alex and Margaret Young died October 1877 aged one month Elizabeth Young died 12th Oct 1929 aged 88 years

Young
In loving memory of Brigadier General H.G. Young, C.I.W, D.S.O, Croix-de-guerre, 10th Lancers – Indian Cavalry who died on August 15th 1956 aged 86 son of the Right Hon John Young of Galgorm Castle. ‘Blest are the pure in heart’ Erected by his wife and his son Lt. Col. Michael Hughes-Young, M.C, M.P

Young
In memory of Henrietta wife of George C. G. Young, MBE, MP, Glenagherty, Ballymena, born January 10th 1877 died August 2nd 1935 And of the Right Honourable George C. G. Young, MBE, MP, born May 12th 1876, died August 7th 1939

Young
In memory of Rose Maud Young, born Oct 30 1865 died May 28 1947 Charlotte Elizabeth Rose Young born Jan 3 1864 died Feb 12 1949 and John William Alexander Young late Egyptian Civil Service, born June 7 1874 died April 30 1954 unmarried daughters and fifth son of the Right Hon. John Young, Galgorm Castle

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In loving memory of Valerie
 

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