Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower
Church Graveyard, near Innisrush

Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower Church of Ireland, aka Saint Nossonus’, sits a few hundred yards east of the village of Innisrush. The church is in the Diocese of Derry and is a listed building. If you are driving from Clady – Portglenone, the church sits on the right-hand side of the road, before Innisrush.

Tamlaght O'Crilly Lower Church

Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower Church

Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower Church

St Nossonus’ Church of Ireland, commonly known as Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower, sits a few hundred yards east of the village of Innisrush.  The church is in the Diocese of Derry and is a listed building.   If you are driving from Clady/Portglenone, the church sits on the right-hand side of the road, before Innisrush.

The name Innisrush is derived from the Irish: Inis Rois, which means “island of the woods”.  The old nearby weir, and flax mill, are evidence of the village’s industrial past.

Tamlaght O’Crilly (Upper) is the original church that people across the area worshipped at, and is located some three miles away, in the village of Tamlaght.   In 1775, with too many worshippers in Tamlaght,  there was a division of the parish of Tamlaght O’Crilly.

In this same year, 1775, the Earl Bishop built a small church, with his own money, in Tyanee (a townland beside Innisrush).  At the time, the new church was known as Tyanee Chapel of Ease.  It was constituted as a Perpetual Curacy (where there is no spiritual rector or vicar, but instead a clerk (curate) is appointed to officiate there by the impropriator).

The church was rebuilt in 1830.  It was described in the Ordnance Survey memoirs of 1830 as a ‘Chapel of Ease’ (and it is also later referred to as Tyanee Church) and regarding it’s location, it was described as “a chapel of ease built on some rising ground near Innishrush, being a Perpetual Curacy now held by the Reverend Mr. Mark Bloxham”.     Please note, the Reverend Mark Bloxham is buried in the graveyard and his headstone is still readable (see below).  UPDATE 2019 – Bloxham headstone has been relocated in the graveyard.

The 1830 memoirs go on to add that the church was “a slated, rectangular building with four windows, three at the southern wall, one in the eastern.”   The memoirs describe the church as having a 3 storey belfry with Gothic pinnacles at the western end of the church, and had enough room inside for 192 people.

Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower officially became a parish in 1883.   Thus, from then on the church in Tamlaght village was referred to as Tamlaght O’Crilly Upper – and the church in Innisrush (the old Tyanee Chapel of Ease) as Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower.  The two churches are some three miles apart.   For many years, one minister serviced both churches – conducting the Lower service at 11 am on a Sunday, and the Upper service afterwards.  This is about to change. The Rectory is at Hervey Hill, some two miles from Tamlaght.


OLDEST GRAVES     The oldest grave, i.e. with a readable headstone, appears to be that of Thomas Orr who died in 1809.  Other notable early graves include: Richard Mulholland 1822, John Adams 1833, Rose Glasgow 1833, Eliza York 1839, Jane McMullan 1841, Adam Glasgow 1844, Samuel McMullan 1845, William Kyle 1846, Henry Mulholland 1847, Reverend Mark Bloxham 1849, Mary Smyth 1849, Elizabeth Orr 1854, Maria Mulholland 1859, Anne York 1866, James McMullan 1869, Unknown  York 1869, Mary Jane Keenan 1874, Hugh Keenan 1875, Bernard Mulholland 1875, Mary Mulholland 1875, Mary Anne Scott 1875, William Scott 1875, Joanna Power 1877, Jane Wilson 1877, Eliza Waring 1877, James Glasgow 1878, Samuel Keenan 1878, Robert Keenan 1879, Esther Keenan 1879, John Greer 1879, William Wilson 1879, Jones Scott 1880, William Glasgow 1882, John Smyth 1884, John Wilson 1888, Robert John Keenan 1889, Reverend John Drysdale Waring 1889,Thomas Smyth 1899, Thomas Campbell 1900, Evangeline Thomasina Campbell 1901, Fisher Robinson 1903, Henry Stewart 1904, Margaret Jane Scott 1906, Joseph Smyth 1907, Margaret Stewart 1908, William Stewart 1909, Jane Robinson 1910.

EARLIEST BORN      A handful of people in the graveyard were born  in the 1700’s.  John Adams of Moyagney, who died 27th May 1833 aged 94 years, was born in around 1739 – the same year that the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin was executed in England!  On the 10th February 1846, at Plum Bank, Tyanee, Portglenone, Mr. William Kyle, died at the advanced age of 81. Local newspapers cited that he “was respected by all who knew him, which was testified by the large and respectable attendance that saw him to his last resting place, in the burial ground of Tyanee Chapel Ease.” His grave does not have a headstone. He would have been born around 1765.  Richard Mulholland, from the 4th Kings Own Regiment, was born around 1786. Joanna Power was born around 1797.

CHURCH MINISTERS     There are at least two of the church’s ministers buried in the graveyard.  The Reverend Mark Bloxham preached in the church for 23 years (from 1826 until his death in 1849), as well as his successor, the Reverend John D. Waring, who preached for over 30 years in Innisrush from 1849 to 1880.  He passed on in 1889 and is buried in the graveyard beside his wife Eliza.

QUEENS AWARDS    Two people in the graveyard were honoured, during their lifetimes, by the Queen.  Miss Joan Elizabeth Clements Stoddart, Deputy Principal, Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland Civil Service, was awarded an M.B.E. in 1993.     And Joseph Smyth Mulholland, for his services to the development of agriculture in the Solomon Islands, was given an O.B.E. by the Queen in the 1978 New Year Honours.

MAYOR OF DUBLIN’S SON   Mark Bloxham senior was the Mayor of Dublin from 1816 to 1817.  His son (mentioned above), also called Mark, was the preacher in Innisrush, lies in the graveyard.

A MAGISTRATE     William George Courtenay, who passed away in the summer of 1923, was magistrate for both County Londonderry and County Antrim.


this is a beautiful tall black majestic round column with four engraved panels around the column.   Given the age of the monument, it is remarkably well preserved…..indeed, it looks as new.   

I. Erected in memory of
Robert Adams
who died 13th Aug. 1907,
Aged 84 years
And his Wife
Mary Adams
who died 6th Dec. 1918,
aged 83 years.
Also their Son Bob,
who died in infancy
And his Son
Robert A. Adams,
who died 7th June 1944
aged 77 years.

Also in memory of
John Adams
who died 27th May 1833
aged 94 years
Also his Son
Samuel Adams,
who died 19th March 1862
Aged 75 years.
And his Wife
who died 21st August 1870
Aged 75 years.

Margaret I.
Wife of
Samuel Adams,
died 17th May 1940.
Also the above
Samuel Adams,
died 27 Feb. 1956.
Also his Son
died 6th July 1977
and his Son
James Surgenor
died 18th January 1990.

Also his Father Robert Adams,
who died 8th Nov. 1862,
Aged 84 years
And his Wife,
who died 9th July 1859,
Aged 71 years.

Erected by
Rosina Adams,
Townhill, Portglenone
In loving memory of her Husband,
Samuel Adams,
who died 1st December 1907,
Aged 90 years.
Also the above named
Rosina Adams
who died 23rd January 1909,
aged 86 years.
Also Maggie Adams,
who died 16th February 1924.
Also Mary Adams,
who died 14th October 1942
In memory of
John Armstrong
who died 11th January 1901
Aged 67 years.
Also his wife Elizabeth
who died 17th September 1917
Aged 77 years.
Also his brother James
who died 25th May 1922
Aged 89 years.
And his daughter Elizabeth
who died 29th August 1944
Aged 72 years.
Also their son David
who died 27th July 1954
Aged 76 years.
And his wife Edith
Who died 12th July 1964
Aged 69 years.

John Armstrong of Moyagney was 67 years old when he died on the 11th January 1901. He was a quiet and unobtrusive man, who was both a carpenter and a farmer. His carpentry work brought him into contact with so many that, according to the media, “his friends and well-wishers were legion, as the funeral testified….it being attended by a very large concourse of all creeds and classes.” Many of his family were well established in the drapery business in England. Cardiac disease is listed as his cause of death, as well as anasarca in the final 2 months. Anasarca is the medical term for a condition that causes generalised swelling across the body. His brother James was with him at the end.

His widow survived him by 16 years. Elizabeth was 75 years old, when she died on the 17th September 1917. She had been suffering from senile debility. But ultimately, she was to succumb to bronchitis and lung congestion in the final week. Her son David Armstrong was with her at the end.

Asleep in Jesus
Erected by
James Ballentine
in memory of his wife Nancy
who departed this life 21st Jan 18??
aged 64 years
The above named James Ballentine
who died 16th Nov 1907 aged 82 years.
And their son John
who died 12th May 1944, Aged ?

James Ballentine, 82 years old, a farmer, died at home, in Innisrush, of cardiac disease on the 16th November 1907. He had been suffering from heart problems for some 5 months previously.  He was a widower.  His son, John Ballentine, was present when he died.
In loving memory of
Annie, died 7th July 1946 aged 61.
and her Brother
James, died 11th Oct. 1953 aged 67.
Isabella, died 21st Nov. 1979 aged 84.
William died 19th July 1980 aged 89.
“At Rest”
In memory of
John Black, father 1861 – 1911
Mary Essie Black, sister 1892-1911.
Jane Stewart Black, mother 1854-1936.
Erected by Samuel Bell Black, son U.S.A.

Mary Essie Black was only 18 years old, when she died of pulmonary tuberculosis (consumption) on the 4th December 1911, at home in Ballymacpeake.  Her older sister (by three years), Nancy Jane Black, was with her when she passed. Evidently their brother Samuel set sail for a better life in the New World.
Erected by
Henry Archibald Black
In memory of his beloved Wife
Sarah Black
who died 16th March 1934, Aged 70 years
Also his brother
William Knox Black
who died 18th March, 1932. Aged 55 years

Below the above gravestone, is a plaque which says:
“In loving memory of
a dear mother
and grandmother
Mary E. Craig
Died 18th October 2010
Daughter of the above named Henry & Sarah Black”

Tamlaght O'Crilly Lower Church

Reverend Mark Bloxham

Here among his people
lie the remains
of the
Revd Mark Bloxham
for 23 years
incumbent of this Parish
He died 10th April 1849
aged 53 years
Also his Son
Fennell Collins Bloxham
who died the 28th April 1846
aged 2 years & 10 months
Also his Mother-in-law
Mrs Jane Collins

This is an intriguing headstone, one of the most fascinating in the graveyard.  Here lies one of the church’s earliest ministers, the Reverend Mark Bloxham.

It took some considerable time to identify all the words on the gravestone. One could never have imagined the history of this man, and the amount of material available about him.

Among other things, he was a budding poet (and published a book of poems), and his father was Lord Mayor of Dublin.

I have created a separate page. Click here for more on the Reverend Mark Bloxham.


Erected by John Boyd, U.S.A.
In memory of his Father Henry Boyd,
Who died 13th August 1904. Also his Mother,
Mary Boyd, who died 16th February 1927.
Also his Brothers,
Henry Boyd, who died 21st July 1942.
Frank Boyd, who died 14th December 1963
Erected by Joseph Bradley, Ballymacpeake
in memory of his Father
Henry John, died 23rd May 1967.
And his Mother Annie Mary who Died 15th Dec. 1972.
Also Joseph Alexander
died 3rd March 1995
And Margaret died 2nd May 2004
Also Letitia died 8th February 2008
“The Lord is My Shepherd”
In loving memory of
Kennedy Bradley died 18th April 1948
And his Wife
Nancy died 23rd May 1969
Also their Son
James died 17th Feb. 1978.
John Dixon Bradley
Died 17th April 2012.
Erected by their Son John
In loving memory of William Henry (Billy)
died 20th Aug 2006
His brother Johnston
Died 18th October 2008 aged 88 years
In loving memory of
of a dear Mother and Grandmother
Barbara Bristow
who died on 3rd July 2001 aged 95 years
Also her Brother
Ernest Henry Elgin
who died on 19th September 1997 aged 85 years
“Treasured Memories”
In memory of
Willie died 15th October 1945
Also his wife Sarah (nee Greer)
Died 24th June 1973

Willie Brown was a rural postman, and his obituary states, that he was “exceptionally well-known and highly esteemed.”   He died at the Fever Hospital in Ballymena.  Many of his colleagues attended his funeral.
In loving Memory of
Joseph Campbell, died 29th May 1940.
His wife Margaret, died 11th Sep. 1953.
Erected by their son George of Innishrush.
“Thy will be done”
Erected by
Essie Campbell
In memory of her Husband
Thomas Campbell,
died 14th April 1900,
Also of her two children who died in infancy
and her Daughter
Evangeline Thomasina
died 25th June 1901
“He shall gather the lambs with his arms”

Essie Campbell from Innisrush had a hard life.  It appears that she was a school teacher.

Her husband Thomas had been suffering from gastroenteritis, in the three months prior to his death, at only 43 years of age. William John Clements (also buried in this graveyard) was with him when he died.

At the Easter vestry meeting, on the evening of Monday 16th April 1900, held in the Parochial Schoolhouse in Innisrush, a vote of sympathy was passed for Mrs Campbell, on her bereavement, on the death of her husband – “whose loss the parish greatly felt”. Thomas (like his wife) was a “national school teacher”.

Essie’s two children died in infancy.  Evangeline Thomasina was only 10 months old when she died. She had been sick for 3 days with the measles, and congestion of the lungs for 18 days.

Erected in loving memory of
Lavinia Cameron,
Who died 26th July 1946.
And her Husband Andrew Cameron,
Who died 25th October 1957.
Also their Daughter Louisa
who died 29th May 2000
“Thy will be done”
The burying ground
of the Chambers Family

It’s unclear from the small grave marker, as to who is in the grave. A William Chambers from Eden signed the Ulster Covenant in September 1912, so he may be in this grave. There is in other local records, an Ann Chambers, living in Glenone, 84 years of age, who died 10th April 1900.
In loving memory of
John H. Clements,
late of Tyanee
died 6th June 1973.
And his devoted Wife
died 4th June 1975.
Also their loving Daughter-in-law
died 1st February 1992
“Loved and Remembered”
William John Clements
Died 28th Dec. 1931.
Also his Wife Annie Clements.
Died 10th April, 1937
And their Daughter Emily Clements.
Died 30th Dec. 1900
Here lieth the body of John Cochran who died 8? February ????

This old stone is very difficult to read.
Erected by his Sisters
in affectionate memory of
William George Courtenay
of Glenburn
died 24th June 1923
His Sister Mary Courtenay
died 7th December 1929
His Sister
Edith Marion Thompson
wife of
George M. Thompson, M.D. J.P. D.L,
Bellaghy Castle
died 24th May 1946
Emily Martha Hume
widow of
Andrew Hamilton Hume, esq
Died 3rd Jan 1961, aged 94 years
Edith E. Hamilton Hume
Daughter of
the late Emily Hume died 4th Dec. 1971

Mr. William George Courtenay, of Glenburn, was for many years a magistrate for County Londonderry.  In March 1903, he also received the Commission of the Peace in County Antrim. He served both counties as a magistrate (JP – Justice of the Peace).  His father/predecessor, James Courtenay senior, had previously been magistrate for both counties for over 50 years. James Courtenay had also been a mill-owner. He had been suffering from tongue cancer in the 7 months prior to his death (as well as pyaemia, which is a form of septicaemia that results in widespread abscesses). The mill was passed on to his son, William James Courtenay, on his death.

The Courtenays were very active in the church.  William George Courtenay was in the church vestry as far back as at least 1885.  Indeed, in the spring of 1885 he was serving as both Treasurer and Secretary.

The name Miss Carrie Courtenay regularly crops up in Tamlaght Lower vestry meetings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Carrie was a sister of William James Courtenay. Over many years, Carrie did a lot of work for the church at Innisrush. She organised the choir, as well as doing a lot of fund-raising work for both charities and the church itself. To date, I have found no record of her death or where she was buried…..although presumably it is in this same grave.

UPDATE 20th January 2021. A very kind reader tells me that Carrie, or Caroline, is buried in Derry City Cemetery.

She had married Robert James Aiken, a County Tyrone man, in 1901. He was the Solicitor and Coroner for North County Derry.

Caroline was born in County Wicklow. She later lived (and died) at Ard-Aluinn, Strandview Road, in Ballycastle. She was an assistant Commissioner of the Girl Guides.

Robert and Caroline had two daughters, namely Miss Caroline Lefroy Courtenay Aiken and Miss Margaret Kathleen Miller Aiken.

The latter was the first ever lady barrister in Northern Ireland. Here is a link with photos and details.

“The Lord is my shepherd. Psalm. 23”

One word – Doole – is the only clue that we have. The only Dooles’ that I can find in the area, are a Robert Doole, from Ballymacpeake, who was 75 years old when he died on the 9th November 1918. He was a labourer and married. He signed the Ulster Declaration. There is also a Mary Lucy Doole, also of Ballymacpeake. She signed the Ulster Declaration in September 1912. These two are presumably husband and wife. The other less likely possibility, is Annie Mary Doole from Dreenan. But she was only 16, when she passed away in December 1917. Most likely this is Robert and Mary Lucy Dooles’ grave.
In loving memory of
A dear Mother Annie Elizabeth
died 16th April 1983
and a dear Father Albert
died 19th December 1995
“At home with the Lord”

The Elgins lived in Tyanee
Always in our hearts
Forever in our minds”

the above is a little black marble stone sitting flat on the grass.
Below it, is a beautiful little round white plaque, with flowers, which says:
Though absent you are very near
Still loved, still missed
And very dear”
in loving memory of
Charles G. Finlay, died 23rd July 1923.
His Wife Jane Finlay, died 25th June 1959.
Their Sons William J. M. Finlay, died 9th Nov. 1952.
Joseph W. Finlay, died 14th June 1970.
Gerald Orr Finlay, died 15th August 1991.
And their Daughter
Margaret Ann Stewart Finlay, died 29th Feb. 1992
Also their Son
Thomas C. G. Finlay, died 9th April 2005.
“For Ever with the Lord.”
Erected by
Margaret Fowler
In memory of her Husband John Fowler
Who dep this life April
1883 Aged 62 years
Francis Fowler
who departed this life June
8?? 1875 aged 10 years

John Fowler, a weaver, was 62 years old, when he died at his home in Glenone, on the 24th April 1883. His wife Margaret was with him when he passed. He had been suffering for eleven months from an “unknown” ailment.
Erected by
Mary A. French
In memory of her Husband
Benjamin French,
Who died 18th May 1955,
Aged 63 years.
In loving memory of
Margaret French
Also her Daughter
Erected by
Catherine & Margaret Greer

Local records show a Margaret French of Glenone, 70 years old, died 13th February 1895. She was a labourer’s wife, and died from “age and debility” in her final 5 weeks, with no medical help in attendence.

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In loving memory of
William Gamble
died 9th August 1934
His Wife Edith died 19th June 1947
Their infant Daughter Doris died Nov. 1916
Their Son John died 31st May 1971
their Son-in-law James Andrews
died 5th September 1980
also his Wife Elizabeth Andrews
died 28th November 1995
“My God hath given me rest”
Erected by
James Getty
In loving memory of
His dear Daughter
who died 26th August 1903.
Aged 20 years.
Also the above named James Getty
died 1st March 1920
Also his Son James
Died 29th Dec 1926
Also his Wife Margaret Jane
Died 30th August 1933.

Annie Getty, who worked on her father’s farm, was only 20 years old when she succumb, at home in Innisrush, on 26th August 1903, to tubercular lumps in her abdomen. Her dad, James Getty, was present when she passed. James Getty was 68 years old, when he died on 1st March 1920. He had been suffering with prostate hypertrophy and nephritis (kidneys) for some 15 years.
Erected by
Sarah Gibson of Glenone
In memory of her Husband
Thomas Gibson
who departed this life
5th March
1876 aged 60 years
Also the above named Sarah
who departed this life 31st Mar
1898 aged 58 years
and their Daughter Charlotte Gibson
Who departed this life 17th June
1897 aged 22 years
Also their son David Gibson
who departed this life 17th May 1901
Aged 24 years
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord

Charlotte Gibson was only 22 years old when she died in 1897. She was a spinster. Her occupation was listed as that of a ‘writing clerk’. It was impossible to identify the month of Charlotte Gibson’s death, from the headstone. Instead I discovered it on her death certificate. Charlotte was only 22 when she died at home in Glenone. She had been suffering from Typhoid Fever for three months, and ultimately Phthisis (an old term for Pulmonary Tuberculosis). “Consumption” was the term commonly used among local people at the time for this illness. The patient has a high fever, and wastes away. John Mulholland was present at her death. Sadly, consumption was also to kill her brother David Gibson some four years later, in May 1901. He was only 24 years old when he died at home in Glenone. His brother Thomas Gibson was present at his death. He was a bachelor and “farmer” was listed as his occupation.
Erected by Margaret Gibson
In memory of her beloved husband
William Gibson
Who died 23rd October 1891
Aged 75
Also their dearly beloved son
Who died 11th April 1915
Aged 55 years

William Gibson and his wife Margaret were farmers from Tyanee. William Gibson was 75 years old when he died on the 23rd October 1891, of a “disease of stomach”. He’d been sick for 11 weeks and his wife Margaret was with him when he died.

Their son, William Gibson was 55 years old when he suffered a perforated gastric ulcer, and within 48 hours died on the 11th April 1915. He was a farmer, and was a bachelor.

Margaret Gibson, a housekeeper for most of her life, ended her days in Magherafelt Workhouse. She died there, at 96 years of age, on the 1st January 1920. Her cause of death was certified as “debility”.

Underneath Lieth the body of
Rose Glasgow
Wife to Adam Glasgow who dep
this life 31st July 1833 aged 66 yrs.
and Daughter Eliza Aged 26
Also the above named Adam Glasgow
who dep this life 30th June 1844
Aged 86 Years
Also his Son James Glasgow
who dep this life 11th Dec 1878
Aged 84 Years
Also his grandson William Glasgow
who dep this life 21st Nov 1882
Aged 27 years.

This is a beautiful old stone, laying on it’s flat. It’s one of the oldest gravestones in the graveyard. The writing is remarkably well preserved.

Adam Glasgow’s daughter was married in September 1842. From the Londonderry Standard: “On the 14th instant (January 1842), by the Rev. Wm. Kennedy McKay. Mr. John Kyle, of Tyanee, to Nancy, sixth daughter of Mr. Adam Glasgow of Innisrush, County Derry.”

In memory of
Lizzie, died 6th Nov. 1958.
David, died 29th Dec. 1973
In loving memory of
George died 5th August 1981
And his Sister
Dorothy died 10th February 1992
Erected by
Samuel Greer,
Vancouver, British Columbia.
“In testimony of his deep respect for his
Father and Mother, both of Ancient families
of Innisrush, They saw adversity and poverty
in Ireland, and prosperity in the New World.”
John Greer, who departed this life
26th February 1879, aged 75 years.
His Wife Elizabeth Orr, who departed this life
8th April 1854, aged 36 years.
Whose Father William Orr
was 61 years clerk of this Church

In loving memory of
William James Greer
Killed by Terrorist
14th Jan. 1977, Aged 27 years.
His Father
William John Greer
died 26th Sept. 1989, Aged 88 years.
And His Mother
Ethel Kennedy Greer
died 2nd Dec. 2001, aged 92 years.
Also Rosie Carr
His second Wife
who died January 12th 1884
aged 14 years.
‘Be patient, the veil will lift
and O, then the mystery’

Also Eliza Greer,
wife of James Greer,
died 20th Nov. 1937.
Their daughter Lizzie,
died in infancy
Also James Greer,
died 22nd March 1945.
And their Daughter
Matilda Rose Greer
died 24th March 1949

In loving memory of
Our dear Sister
Annie Mary died 29th December 1938 aged 2 years
Our Grandmother
Agnes died 21st August 1954 aged 72 years
Also our dear Father
Charles died 18th May 1974 aged 62 years
And our loving Mother
Sarah died 23rd February 1997 aged 77 years
Also Margaret Henry
died 31st December 1999 aged 89 years
“Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life”

A separate rectangular flower urn says “To Mum from Anne”

In loving memory of
Patrick died April 1953 Aged 75
His Wife Sarah Jane
Died April 1950 Aged 82
Their Daughter Mary died July 1965
And their son Pat died July 1987 Aged 83
Also his Nephew William died Dec. 1992 Aged 56
Erected by their Son Pat
In Loving memory of
Robert James died July 1980 aged 73
His Wife Agnes died Sept 1983 aged 75
And their Son Bertie died Nov 2000 Aged 63
“Erected by their Son Bertie”

In loving memory
of a dear Aunt
Though absent you are
Very near still loved
Still missed & very dear
The Junkin Family
“The Lord is my shepherd”
Erected by
Mary Keenan
in loving memory of her Father
Daniel Keenan,
who died 21st Dec. 1872
Aged 70 Years
Also her Mother
Eliza Keenan
who died 1st Feb. 1877,
Aged 71 years.
Also their daughter, Isabel
who died 1st Nov. 1909
Aged 66 years.

The Keenans were from Tyanee. Isabella, a spinster, died at 66 years old, on the 1st November 1909. She had had a stroke two days previously. Her sister Mary Keenan was with her when she died.
In loving memory of
our dear father Robert Keenan
died 7th January 1939, aged 74 years
and our brothers James B Keenan
died 15th November 1945, aged 55 years
Robert John, died 17th January 1889, aged 1 year
our dear mother Catherine Keenan,
died 28th March 1952, aged 92 years.
Also their granddaughter
Nellie Edith Armstrong
died 22nd April 1993 aged 73 years
“Shalt not the judge of all the earth do right”
Her husband William Henry Armstrong
died 1st August 2001
Asleep in Jesus
By Robert Keenan of Greenfield
In memory of seven of his children
who all died in infancy
Also his daughter Mary Jane Keenan
who died the 19th May 1874
in the 4th year of her age
Jesus said suffer little children and
forbid them not, to come onto me: for of
such is the kingdom of heaven Matthew XIX.14
Also Hugh & Margaret Keenan who died 17th February 1875
And his son Samuel Keenan, who died
8th November 1878, aged 15 months. Also the
above named Robert Keenan, who died
8th March 1879, aged 47 years.
“My friends go home and shed no tears,
I must lie here til Christ appears”
Also his daughter Esther Keenan died 3rd September
1879, aged 1 year.
In loving memory of
Maggie died 19th July 1952
Thomas died 31st Oct. 1966
William James died 10th Dec. 1974
Edith May died 1st Dec. 1975
Thomas Jun. died 28th Jan. 1995
Robert John died 23rd May 2003
Margaret Elizabeth died 7th Aug. 2004
“At peace”
In loving memory of
Elizabeth H. Kissick, died 26th May 1968
Also her Husband
James Kissick, died 7th Sept. 1990
In loving memory of
James Brown Kyle
who died 28th February 1894,
Aged 64 years.
Also His Wife
Agnes Kyle,
who died 2nd January 1909
Aged 64 Years.
And their Son
Thomas Taylor Kyle,
who died 20th April 1946
Aged 78 years.
Also his Daughter-in-law
Annie Elizabeth Kyle
who died 3rd December 1970
Aged 90 years.
And their Grandson
Thomas Taylor Kyle
who died 30th April 1989
aged 67 years

There is a small black marble stone on the grave which says:
Infant son of Cecil and Janice
28th September 1982

James Brown Kyle, a farmer, was 64, when he died in February 1894 of lung disease. he had had the ailment for some two months. His widow survived him for another 15 years. Agnes Kyle, was 64, when she died 2nd January 1909. She had been suffering from liver cancer for 6 months and at the end had cardiac failure. Her son Thomas Kyle was with her when she died.
Treasured memories of
Margaretta died 19th May 1924 Aged 2 months
Lena died 1st June 1924 aged 2 years
Beloved Daughters of Robert George & Elizabeth
Robert George died 30th June 1957 aged 70 years
Elizabeth died 28th September 1977 aged 92 years
And their Son
James died 8th October 2004 aged 83 years
“Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall Flourish in the Courts of our God.” Ps 92 v13
In memory of
Samuel James Kyle
died 17th September 1909
His Wife Nancy Kyle
died 4th August 1913
Their Son
Samuel James Kyle
Died 14th December 1942
Wife Annie Kyle
died 8th July 1942

Samuel James Kyle, a farmer from Tyanee, was 67, when he died 17th September 1909. He had had cardiac disease for 9 months. His son, Samuel James Kyle, was with his father when he passed on.
His wife Nancy was 73 when she passed away, after suffering for the previous 4 months from liver cancer, on the 4th August 1913. Her son, Samuel James Kyle, was with her at the end.
Erected in loving memory of
Joseph Sinclair Kyle
who died 8th March 1956,
In his 76th Year
Also his Wife Mary Ellen
who died 18th January 1981
in her 90th year.
“Rest is thine – Rememberence ours”

Joseph Sinclair Kyle died in March 1956. He had spent some years farming in New Zealand and had many fascinating stories to tell of his time in the Antipodes. On his return to Ireland, he rejoined Portglenone First Presbyterian Church. He was held in high esteem and was elected as an elder in September 1934.


St. Nossonus - Tamlaght O'Crilly Lower graveyard

Innisrush Church – Tamlaght graveyard

In loving memory
of Eleanor Lennox
(formerly Mulholland)
Died 3rd September 1987
aged 48 years

Died while on a late summer break in Spain.
In loving memory of
Died 18th June 1979
Also Eccles
A dear husband and father
Died 15th December 2014
Precious memories of
A loving Husband and devoted Dad
Robert Thomas
Passed away 9th April 2006, aged 35 years

In loving Memory of
A dear Wife and Mother Margaret
died 6th november 1995 Aged 78 Years
And her Sister Elizabeth Jane Kyle
died 23rd August 1981 Aged 68 years
“At Rest”
Erected in the memory of
Courtenay McCaw
who departed this life ?th
February 1855 aged 13 years
Also his Father Charles McCaw
Who departed this life 4th May?
1866 aged 76 years
Also his Daughter Jane McCaw
who departed this life
1871 aged 40 years
Also her mother Elizabeth McCaw
Who departed this life ????
1885 aged 84 years
Erected by
John McCaw, U.S.A.
in memory of his Father
William J. McCaw,
who died 30th March 1909.
Aged 80 years.
Also Martha McCaw,
Wife of
William McCaw,
died 27th February 1917.
And Lizzie McCaw
Wife of Vernor McCaw’
who died 6th July 1929.
and William McCaw,
Husband of
Martha McCaw
who died 29th Feb. 1956,
aged 77 years.
Verner McCaw,
who died 19th June 1956
Aged 86 years
Also his Son
William McCaw,
who died 6th May 1967
Aged 49 years
Also his Son
William McCaw,
Who died 6th may 1967
Aged 49 years.
Margaret McCaw
Wife of William,
who died 7th April 2007
Aged 80 years.
Howard McCaw
Who died 26th September 2000
Erected by
Wm and Nan Regan, Glasgow
in fond and loving memory
of our dear Mother
Sarah McCaw Regan
who died 11th June 1936
Aged 52 years.
Also Grand Parents
Wm. J. McCaw, Matilda McCaw
and children.
Asleep in Jesus
Small flat black marble stone with flower holder
Erected by
Annie Ritchie
Of Wheling, Virginia
In memory of her father
Samuel McMullan
Of Innishrush
Died 23rd Dec 1845
Aged 37 years.
Also his son James
Died 27th Oct 1859
Aged 19 years.
Blessed are the dead,
Which die in the Lord
Rev XIV 13.
Also her Mother,
Jane McMullan
Who died 22nd April 1841
Aged 29 years.
Charlotte Macaw Bruce
in loving memory of her Father
Samuel R. Macaw,
who died 17th April 1897, aged 66 years.
Also her Mother
Catherine Macaw,
who died 1st July 1931 aged 75 years
and her Brother
who died 25th Nov. 1971, aged 83 years.
“God gave..he took, he will restore
He doeth all things well”
Erected by
Nancy Johnston
in loving memory of
her Father
John Marshall
late of Tyanee
who died 18th January 1884
aged 75 years
Also her Mother
Margaret Marshall
who died 29th October 1888
Aged 65 years
And her Brother
John Marshall
who died 28th March 1915
Aged 66 years
Also of
Robert Marshall
who died 23rd June 1842
aged 79 years
Also his wife
Letetia Marshall
who died 7th March 1857
aged 84 years
Eliza Marshall
who died 1843
her beloved Husband
Joseph Johnston
who died 4th May 1918
aged 56 years
“Again a little while and ye shall see me”

John Marshall was 66 when he died on the 28th March 1915. A farmer, he had had the flu for 14 days, which then turned into pneumonia for his ultimate 6 days.
Erected by the family
In loving memory of
Henry McCaughey, Ballymacpeake
Who died 3rd November 1937, aged 79 years
and our dear Mother Margaret McCaughey
who died 20th May 1953, aged 88 years.
Also their dear Sister Jeannie McCaughey
who died 12th Feb. 1972, aged 62 years.
John McCaughey
who died 25th April 1982 Aged 85 years
Robert McCaughey (J.P.)
who died 11th May 1996, Aged 93 years
In loving Memory of
a dear and loving Daughter
Carole Agnes Mary
died 5th May 2004, aged 47 years
Also her mother
Agnes Mary Henrietta (Rita)
Died 31st May 2010 aged 79 years
And her father
William James (Willie)
Died 22nd September 2015 aged 84 years
in loving memory of
My dear Husband Robert John,
Called home 17th July 1987
And his son Robert Godfrey,
Called home 29th Sep. 1981
Also Adelaide Wife of Robert J.
died 12th September 2000
“Redeemed with the Precious Blood of Christ” Ist Peter C,1:V19.”
In loving memory of

Innisrush Portglenone

Robert Alexander McDonald of Tyanee

Ellen McDonald.
died 21st June 1973, aged 86
and her Husband, Robert,
Killed in action in France 1st July 1916
Their Son
Robert William McDonald
died 7th May 1993 aged 83 years

Robert Alexander McDonald was the son of Robert and Mary McDonald nee McGall.

Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born on 25th April 1888 in Tyanee, near Portglenone, County Londonderry, Ireland. He initially lived with his aunt and uncle (the McGalls) in house 15 in Tyanee.

Bob married Ellen Wallace on 2nd October 1908, and they subsequently lived in house 30 in Tyanee. Bob was a farm labourer, Ellen was an embroiderer. They had a son Robert William (also buried in the above grave, with his mother), born 29th October 1908. They had two other young children.

When World War one came along, Bob enlisted in Donegal. Private McDonald was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, when he was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, Saturday 1st July 1916. He doesn’t have a grave. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, as well as on his widow Ellen’s grave above.

From the Northern Constitution dated 28th July 1917 – “McDonald missing since 1st July 1916, now officially reported killed on that date or since. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and three children, Tyanee, Portglenone.”

It appears that Ellen, his young widow, never remarried. She was only 19 years old, when her husband was killed in France, and subsequently brought up their three young children on her own. One imagines that these must have been very hard times for her –  emotionally, physically and financially.

Cherished Memories of
John died 13th June 1981 aged 69
Hannah died 14th February 1991 aged 75
And their son
John (Jackie) died 29th September 2014 aged 64
In loving memory of
My dear Parents
Sarah Ann,
died 12th June 1972, Aged 82 years.
died 5th June 1974, aged 79 years.
Also their Daughter Agnes Ann
died 13th March 1925,
Aged 2 years and 4 months.

Erected by their Daughter Martha
Also on same grave a flat stone plaque
Also interred here
Henry David,
died 18th Feb. 1986 aged 57 years

In loving memory of
Died 28th September 1938, aged 57 years
Her son Stewart died 27th August 1971 aged 59 years
His wife Hannah died 8th Janary 2003 aged 87 years
Their daughter Mary Dennehy
Died 7th March 2008 aged 73 years
In loving memory of
Thomas Michael
Died 11th February 1954, Aged 81 years.
His Daughters: Agnes Lavinia,
And Margaret Douglas.
Also his Wife Jemima Michael,
Died 7th March 1956, Aged 77 years.
Mary Michael
Died 27th Oct. 1985
Aged 83 Years.
Also their Daughter
Rebecca Ruby Michael
Died 19th December 2007 Aged 86
“At Rest”
Loving memories of
My dear Wife Margaret neé Hasting
Died 12th February 1963
Also her Husband John
Died 11th August 1982
“Ever remembered by her loving Husband Johnie”
Precious memories
of a loving husband and father
Leslie John
Died 29th March aged 47 years
a black urn type flower pot with the name ‘Moore’ engraved.
In loving memory of
John died 11th January 2003 aged 67 years
dark wood-like chips covered grave with three urns and two small flower pots.
The urns’ say:
1. Moore
2. In loving memory of Harry
3. In loving memory of Mother
a bare earth grave with a black rectangular marble flower holder, inscribed:
died 12-12-1991
In loving memory of
James died 1st August 1971 Aged 50
Also his Parents
William died 22nd July 1961 Aged 76
Elizabeth died 9th 1976 Aged 79
And their son Robert James
Died 9th December 2010 aged 58
“At Rest”
In loving memory of
22nd April 1924 – 26th October 1993
Beloved Husband of Jean
And loving Dad of Jackie
4th April 1933 – 3rd February 2017
Precious wife and mother
And he shall gather his lambs
In loving memory
of a dear husband, father and grandfather
William (Wilsie) 28th February 2013 aged 84 years
Also a devoted wife, mother and grandmother
Margaret died 21st April 2016 aged 82 years
In Memory of
his Father
who died 9th July 1864
Aged 91 Years
Exhort one another daily while
it is called today – Hebrews 3.13
Also his Mother Elizabeth
who died 1888 Aged 40 years
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit”

Also his son Robert Smyth Murdoch who
died 4th May 1905 Aged 61 years
Also his daughter
Elizabeth Murdoch
who died 3rd August 1917
Aged 71 Years

In memory of his beloved wife
Hannah Jane
who died 28th Dec 1877
aged 64 years
Her Children ?? up and call her
Blessed her ???????????and her
praises ???
Also their son Robert
who died in infancy
And their daughter Margaret
who died 9th Dec 1859 aged 8 years
Also the above named Robert Murdoch
who died 28th Apr 1893 Aged 83 Yrs

Elizabeth Smyth Murdoch was 70, according to her death certificate, and died in the asylum in Derry, on the 3rd August 1917. She had had valvular disease of her heart for the previous 22 months.
In loving memory of
Mary Jane Morris
died 15th April 1954
Also her daughter
Joan E.C. Stoddart, M.B.E.
Died 1st August 2009
“Thy will be done”

In 1993, an MBE was awarded to Miss Joan Elizabeth Clements Stoddart, Deputy Principal, Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland Civil Service
a rectangular black flower holder
In loving memory of
Micaiah baby son of Roderick and Sheena Sept. 2001
Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life”
In loving memory of
Charlotte Mulholland (Hill House)
died 31st March 1913 aged 45 years
Her Husband James Richardson Mulholland
died 11th November 1923 aged 62 years
Their Sons William Mulholland
died 7th September 1973 aged 67 years
John Smyth Mulholland
died 11th September 1973 aged 75 years
James Richardson Mulholland
died 28th September 1978 aged 77 years
“Thy will be done”

Charlotte Mulholland, was 45 years old (or 40 if you believe the death certificate), when she died on the 31st March 1913. She left behind a family of five young children at Hill House Eden. In her 3 final months, she had been suffering from pernicious anemia – vitamin B12 deficiency Her Husband James Richardson Mulholland was with her, when she passed on. He survived his wife by some ten years. And he was 62 years old, when he died on the 11th November 1923.
In loving memory of

Richard Mulholland, Portglenone

Northern Constitution, Richard Mulholland, Eden, 1929 – 1982

A dear Husband and Father
James Richard (Richie)
Died result of an accident
16th September 1982 aged 53 Years
“Peace perfect peace”.

Eleanor Quinn Moneymore

In memory of Richard Mulholland, and his wife, Eleanor Mulholland nee Quinn

Erected by
Joseph Mulholland
of New York,
in memory of his Father
James Mulholland,
of Eden,
who died 31st Jan. 1902,
aged 73 years.
also his Mother
Eliza Mulholland,
who died 17th Jan. 1888,
aged 62 years.
and his Sister
Isabella Mulholland,
who died 18th April 1886,
aged 17 years.
also his Sister
Eliza Mulholland,
who died 11th July 1886
aged 22 years (note, death certificate says 23 years old).
His Brother James Mulholland,
who died Sep. 1928
And his Wife Caroline,
who died May 1947

1886 was a terrible year for the family. They lost two daughters in the space of 3 months. 17 year old Isabella died in April. And less than 3 months later Eliza, her 22 year old sister, also passed on. No records are publically available at this time, but consumption was prevalent at the time.
Erected by Kennedy Mulholland, Taylorstown
In memory of his beloved wife Margaret Jane,
who died 10th December 1951, aged 54 years.
Also the above named Kennedy Mulholland,
who died 8th May 1961, aged 77 years
Their son John Mulholland,
who died 22nd March 2010, aged 87 years.
And his wife Margaret Elizabeth (Lily),
who died 3rd April 2011, aged 83 years
The Burying Ground of Berd Mulho
Here lie the body of Richard Mulholland
of the County Beg. W.I. and late of the 4th Kings Own Reg.
who departed this life Oct.the 20th AD1822 aged 36 years,
Also his son Henry Mulholland who departed this life
17th March 1847 aged 50 years.
And his wife Maria Mulholland, who
departed this life 28th October 1859 aged 52 years.
Also his son-in-law Bernard Mulholland
who departed this life 12th May 1875 aged 86 years
And his wife Mary Mulholland who departed this life
15th June 1875 aged 90 years.

Andy Mulholland, of Brisbane in Australia, says that the same head-stone was transcribed way back in 1939 by his uncle. Denver Boyd tried to decipher this ancient headstone in 2008. I took many photos and tried to transcribe it in 2017. This amazing old headstone deserves a page of it’s own. Watch this space.

Erected by Mary Downing
in memory of her parents and their family
James died 18th Feb 1910
His Sons William James died 11th Dec.1918
Robert died 14th Jan 1927
His Wife Ellen died 2nd Feb. 1928
And His Daughter Jeannie Died 7th June 1947
Also his Son Andrew died 3rd June 1974

James Mulholland, a farmer from Eden, was 72 years old when he died at home on the 18th September 1910. The cause of death was an intestinal obstruction. His wife Ellen was with him, when he passed.
His 29 year old bachelor son, William James Mulholland, passed away on the 11th December 1918. He had had the flu for 3 days, which developed into pneumonia for the ultimate 2 days. Mary, his sister, was with him when he passed.
Erected by
John Mulholland
In memory of his Father
Smylie Mulholland, Eden
who died 25th February, 1918, aged 72 years
Also his Mother Mary Mulholland
who died 19th May 1943, aged 87 years.
The above named John Mulholland,
who died 14th February, 1951. aged 58 years
Also Joseph Smyth Mulholland O.B.E.,
Who died 16th March 2012, aged 84 years.
Grandson of Smylie and Mary,
Son of Kennedy and Margaret.

Smylie Mulholland of Eden, according to his death certificate, was 78 years old, and suffering from cardiac disease, when he died at home on the 22nd February 1918. His son John was present when he died.
Joseph Smyth Mulholland, grandson of Smylie Mulholland, was 84 years old when he passed away on the 16th March 2012. He had been awarded an O.B.E. by the Queen in the 1978 New Year Honours, for services to agricultural development in the Solomon Islands.
In loving memory of
Sarah, died 28th Oct 1960 aged 71 years.
and her Husband
James, died 12th July 1974 aged 83 years.
Also their son
John (Jack) died 22nd Feb 1932 aged 9 years
And their son,
Thompson James died 1st February 2009 aged 82 years.
Also their daughter
Pearl Maria died 29th October 2011 aged 80 years
“The Lord’s my shepherd”
In loving memory of
A dear Husband and Father
Thompson Mulholland (Hill House)
died 19th December 1979, aged 83 years
Also his dear Wife
Isabella Burnside Mulholland
died 13th December 1983 aged 76 years
“The Lord is my shepherd”
In loving memory of my mother
May Nelson
Died 10th July 1981
Aged 77 years
Till we meet again
In loving Memory of
Elizabeth ORR
Called home 24th March 1966 aged 89 years
Kathleen Surgenor (nee Orr)
Called home 2nd January 2015 aged 87 years
Blessed are the dead which
die in the Lord. Text: Rev. 14:13
in memory of Thomas Orr who
depd this life 23rd 1809? aged
?6 years.
The burying place of Wm Orr?
Rebecca Orr Dep this life
June the 24 1855? Aged 42
years Also Margaret Orr? ?????
?he ????????? e??????
an old flat stone, near impossible to decipher
Erected by John Patton, Tyanee,
in memory of his Father Archie Patton,
who died 27th February 1878. Also his mother
Matilda Patton, who died 28th june 1918,
Also his Brother James Patton,
who died 18th March 1926. Also his Sister
Nancy J. Patton,. who died 17th August 1931,
And his Sister Margaret Patton, died 16th Dec. 1932.
Also his Brother John Patton, died 5th April 1938
And his Sister Tillie Patton, died 16th March 1946
????? to the memory of
John Patton
died 11th April 1937?
And his Wife
Sarah Patton
died 12th 1927?

In September 1912, Sarah was awarded a pension of two shillings per week.

On a different topic. John and Sarah’s son, Alexander, left for America. In June and July 1913, they placed a notice in local newspapers (hopefully would be picked up by American newspapers), asking after his whereabouts. There is no record of whether their search was successful.

Their listing said: “PATTON —Wanted to know whereabouts of Alexander Patton. Last heard about three years ago. when he stopped at the North Side Hotel, Aberdeen, South Dakota, from March 3 till March 11, 1910. Left there for the Pacific coast. Any information concerning him will be thankfully received by his parents. John and Sarah Patton, Tyanee, Glenone, Portglenone, Ireland. American papers, please copy.”

In loving Memory of
A devoted Husband and father
William Hugh (Hubert)
died 14th September 1993 Aged 36 years
(Result of an accident in Scotland)
Here Lie the mortal remains of
Joanna Power
Sister of Thomas Power
of Beech Hill, Co. Kilkenny
she died on 17th April 1877
In the 80th year of her age

The Powers were originally from the townland of Ballyderown, which is near the village of Kilworth, in County Cork. The newspapers’ say that Joanna Power was 82 years old (and not 80, as listed on her gravestone above) and died at the Cottage in Kilrea. Thomas Power, mentioned on the above gravestone, appears to have moved north at some point. Thomas Power, during the 1850s, was Vice President of the Kilrea Literary Society. The Belfast Weekly News, on Saturday 26 November 1870, lists in it’s Deaths section, “Power – November 21st, at Kilrea, Thomas Power, late of Beech Hill, in his 73rd year.”
An interesting light-coloured headstone, looks like it was expensive and classy in it’s day (it still is impressive).  Sadly the top  section is broken and missing.  The remaining bottom section of the gravestone says:
…Aged 80 years
Also the above named James Preston
died 12th April 1913
Aged 82 years
“There remaineth therefore a Resting the people of God” Hebrews

Nancy and James Preston lived in Tyanee. They were farmers. Nancy was 80 when she died on the 14th February 1909. She is listed as having cerebral apoplexy (stroke/s) in the 7 days prior to her passing.

James survived his wife by four years, and was 82 when he died on the 12th April 1913. He had been suffering from cardiac disease for 6 years.

Stewart Preston, James brother, was present at both his sister-in-law and brother’s deaths, i.e. Nancy and James deaths. Stewart is buried elsewhere in this graveyard. He died in 1934.

Erected by
Letitia Preston
In loving memory of her Husband
Samuel Preston
Who died 9th June 1903
Aged 68 years
Also their son
Samuel Preston
Who died 7th June 1896
Aged 25 years
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God”

Samuel Preston was only 25 (26 on the death certificate) when he died of consumption in 1896. His father was present in Tyanee when his son passed on. The father died himself in 1903, from cardiac disease. Samuel’s brother James was present for his passing. James is buried elsewhere in this graveyard.
Erected by
the children at Glen Huru
In memory of John Preston
who died 19th June 1878
Aged 74 Years
Also his Wife
Lavinia Preston
Who died 14th October
1900 aged 86 years

Regarding the ultimate word on the opening line. It is difficult to make out. The H might possibly be a capital letter, thus indicating it is the beginning of a second word…..possibly “Glen Huru” – but the r and u are merely best guesses. So who were the Children of Glenhuru or Glen Huru – was this a townland, a school, an orphanage, a foreign project, some charitable project?
In loving memory of
Stewart Preston
died 24th February 1934
Aged years
Also his ???
Mary Preston
died 23 February 1953
In loving memory of
died 29th October 1974, aged 82 years.
Also his Wife Maria Ida
died 16th November 1999 aged 94 years.
“In Heavenly love abiding”
Erected by
Stewart Ritchie, Lisnagarron
In memory of his beloved wife, Agnes Ritchie
Died 11th July 1935 Aged 63 Years,
Also his child died in infancy,
Also his Grandchild died in infancy,
Also his Grandson William John Ritchie,
Died 21st January 1937 Aged 29 years.
Also the above named Stewart Ritchie
Died 6th November 1949 Aged 78 years
Also his son Daniel (Dan)
Died 13th November 1996 Aged 84 years
“Til the day breaks”
Erected by
William O. Robinson
Vancouver, B.C.
In memory of his Father
Fisher Robinson
who died 6th May 1903, aged 73 years
Also his Mother Jane,
who died 2nd Feb. 1910, aged 84 years.
Also his Sister Roseanna Robinson,
who died 15th July 1921, aged 65 years

Fisher Robinson was a blacksmith from Garvaghy, Portglenone. He was 73 when he died on the 6th May 1903. He had been suffering from cardiac disease for the 6 months prior to his passing. His daughter Roseanna was with him at the end.

His widow Jane, a house-keeper, was 84 years old when she died of “senile decay” at Suffolk Street, on the 2nd February. 1910. Her son, William O. Robinson, was with her at the end.

Their daughter, Roseanna Robinson, a spinster, and a house-keeper, was 65 years old when she died at Suffolk Street, on the 15th of July 1921. She had suffered cerebral apoplexy (a stroke) some 10 hours prior to her passing. Her sister, Elizabeth Robinson, was with her when she passed on.

Bob Robinson
In loving memory of
a dear Father
and Grandfather
died 2nd Feb 1973
aged 73 years
“At rest”
George Robinson
a bare earth grave with black rectangular flower holder with ‘Rogers’ engraved.

Erected by
Margaret Jane Scott
In memory of
her beloved Husband James Scott
who departed this life 17th March 18??
Aged 40 years
his Son William, died
1875 aged 4 years
And his Daughter Maryann died
March 1874? aged 2 years.
Also the above named
Margaret Jane Scott
departed this life May? 1900
aged ?4 years
In loving memory of
A dear Husband, Father and Grandfather
Died 13th April 1983
Also his beloved wife
Margaret (Maggie)
Died 9th February 2007 aged 93 years
“As for God, Perfect is his way” Psalm 18 v.30

There are two small black granite plaques on top of the grave.

The one on the left says:

In memory of
Elizabeth Jane Scott (Bessie)
Died 12th March 1983 aged 88 years

The one on the right says:

In memory of Jones Scott
Died 12th December 1992 aged 88 years

Between the above two plaques, lying flat in the middle of the grave, is a wonderful old gravestone from the 1800s.  Some of the writing was impossible to read.  But with some additional research, it all came together. The headstone tells the heartbreaking story of a young couple who lost their two young children, aged three and one, in the same week. The husband died 5 years later, at only 40 years of age.

Asleep in Jesus
by Margaret Jane Scott
in memory of her beloved husband Jones Scott
who departed this life 17th March 1880
aged 40 years
Also his son William died 5th March
1875 aged 3 years
And his daughter Mary Anne died
10th March 1875 aged 1 year
Also the above named
Margaret Jane Scott
departed this life 2nd December 1906
aged 54 years

And we are Christ’s and Christ
is God’s.  1st Corinthians Chapter 3 verse 23

Jones Scott was 40 years old when he died on the 17th March 1880. He was a farmer, married, from nearby Tyanee. He died from “chronic gastrio catarrh”. This is a catarrhal inflammation of the mucous lining inside the stomach. It is a common consequence of influenza and fevers. The doctor also listed “general dropsy” on his death certificate. Dropsy is a very old medical term that refers to the swelling of soft tissues due to the accumulation of excess water. He had been ill for some six weeks prior to his passing. Patrick McCallion was present when he died at home in Tyanee.
Erected by
John Smyth, Sprucebank
in loving memory of his Father and Mother
John Smyth died March 1884 aged 71 years.
His Wife Elizabeth, died 5th April 1919 aged 87 years
Also three of their children who died in infancy.
their Son Joseph Smyth, M.B.B.Ch. B.A.O., R.U.I., Q.C.B.,
Who died in 1907. Aged 42 years
Also his Son John Smyth.N.I.H.
Who served in the Great War 1914-1918
Also the above named John Smyth
who died 24th April 1939. aged 82 years
Also his Wife Annie Smyth
who died 21st August, 1935. aged 71 years
His Daughter Mary M. died 24th May, 1849. Aged 48 years.
Also his Son Joseph Samuel Smyth
died 23rd July 1970, Aged 77 years.
Also Robert James Adams Smyth
died 24th Dec. 1990. Aged 93 years
Annie Caroline Smyth
died 3rd March 1991, aged 86 years

John Smyth served in the Great War, as mentioned on the above headstone, was the third son of John and Annie Smyth (nee Adams). They had married on the 19th August 1890. John Joseph Smyth was born on 17th December 1894 in Tamlaght O’Crilly. He was one of eight children. The 1901 census lists John as age 5 living with the family at house 23 in Money Staghan Ellis, Claudy, County Londonderry. Moneystaghan-Ellis lies just west of Portglenone in the district of Magherafelt, as does Spruce Bank. They were a farming family.

Family: John Smyth, Annie Smyth, Thomas Johnston Smyth (born 7 June 1891), Joseph Samuel Smyth (born 26th April 1893), John Joseph Smyth (born 17th December 1894), Robert James Smyth (born 21st December 1896), Albert Wolsley Pembroke Smyth (born 14th May 1899), Mary Fillie Smyth (born 14th April 1901), Frederick B B Smyth (born 21st May 1902), Annie Caroline Smyth (born 13th January 1905). The 1911 census lists John as age 16 living with the family at house 23 in Money Staghan Ellis, Claudy. John was working on his father’s farm.

John Smyth enlisted in Antrim, joining the North Irish Horse on 1st February 1915 (No 1435).

He was wounded at Cambrai in Northern France, and died five days later at a hospital in Rouen, on 1st December 1917.

John Smyth of Sprucebank was killed in France during World War One

In loving memory of
A dear Wife, Mother and Grandmother Sylvia
Called home 28th June 2001 Aged 57 years
“Always Remembered”
Erected by
Thomas Smyth,
In memory of his Son
Thomas F. Smyth,
who died 11th March 1899.
Aged 3 years.
Also his Daughter
Evelyn Smyth
who died 4th July 1931.
Aged 21 years.
Also his Son
Joseph M. Smyth,
who died 22nd Nov. 1935.
Aged 35 years.
The above named
Thomas Smyth,
who died 7th Nov. 1941.
Also his Wife Jane,
who died 8th Dec. 1948.
Also their Daughter
Anna M. Smyth
who died 23rd Feb. 1968
aged 66 years.
Also their Daughter
Elizabeth Smyth
who died 1st Nov. 1986
aged 88 years
Robert Stewart
In loving memory of his Wife
Maria Stewart
who died 21st January 1907
Aged 70 years.
Also the above named
Robert Stewart
Who died 5th march 1927
Aged 97 years
“The grave is mine house” Job 17. 13
Erected by
Robert Stewart
In memory of his Father
Robert Stewart
died 31st March 1882 aged 98 years
Also his Brother
James Stewart
died 22nd Sep. 1883 aged 45 years
And his Mother
Mary Stewart
died 24th Sep. 1888 aged 98 years
In loving memory of
James Stewart
died 4th July 1962 aged 87 years
Also his Wife Letitia,
died 23rd May 1964
Their Daughter Leta
died 8th June 1933 Aged 16 years.
And their son John Ridell (Jack)
died 21st Dec 2001 Aged 89 years
And their daughter Charlotte (May)
Died 5th February 2001 aged 94 years
And their daughter Isabella (?)
Died 17th July 2011 aged ?
“The Lord is my Shepherd”
Erected by George Stewart, Ballymacpeake
In memory of his beloved Wife,
Martha Gilmour Stewart who died 26th August 1946
Also of three children who died in infancy
The above George Stewart, who died 31st October 1956
William Stewart who died 22nd March 2008
Also his wife Evelyn Stewart who died 9th March 2016
Fondly remembered


In loving Memory of
Henry Stewart
died 18th May 1904, aged 58 years
His Brother James,
died 1st March 1931, aged 72 years
And his Wife Sarah Ann,
died 19th Nov. 1944, aged 80 years
Their Son James W.
died 20th Jan. 1958, aged 76 years
Their Son Robert A. Stewart,
died 13th Jan 1975, aged 79 years

Henry Stewart was 58 years old when he died on the 18th May 1904. He had been ill with pneumonia for ten days prior to his passing. His son, James William Stewart, was present when he died at home in Ballymacombs.
Erected by
William Stewart
In memory of his Father
William Stewart
who died 6th Feby 1909
Aged 82 years.
Also his Mother
Margaret Stewart
who died 22nd Sept 1908
Aged 84 years.
Also the above named
William Stewart,
beloved Husband of
Nancy Stewart
who died 5th Feb 1923
Also the above named Nancy Stewart
Who died 5th September 1937
Till He Come
In loving memory of
a devoted wife, mother
and grandmother
Doreen Elizabeth
Called home 27th November 2016
aged 77 years
Here lie the mortal remains of
Eliza Waring
Wife of the Revd John D. Waring
Incumbent of this Parish
She died loved and lamented
by all who knew her
on the 17th May 1877
in the 64th year of her age
She fell asleep in Jesus
Also of the Revd John D. Waring
For 30 years rector of this parish
Who died 5th November 1889

The Reverend John Drysdale Waring preached in Innisrush for some 30 years, from 1849 until his resignation in early 1880. Born around 1817 in Kilkenny, his parents were John Waring 1745-1796 from Pottlerath House, Kilmanagh, Kilkenny; and Elizabeth Power (born 1795 in Kilworth, Cork, Ireland).

John Drysdale Waring entered Trinity College in Dublin in 1837. He was awarded his BA degree in 1842. By 1843, he had been ordained as a Deacon; by 1844 he was serving as Curate in St. Thomas Dublin; and in 1845 he was installed as an honourary canon (prebendary) in Meath. In 1849, after the death of 53 year old incumbent Rev Mark Bloxham, John Waring began working at Innisrush Church.

He was married twice. The first marriage was to Jane Waller (born 1815, died 1860). After her early death, he was to marry a second time. His second wife, the seemingly much loved and admired, Eliza Waring, lies beside him in the above grave. She passed on in 1877 at 63 years of age. The Reverend Waring resigned his position less than three years later.

He was 72 when he died on the 5th November 1889, at Alla Rectory in Claudy, County Londonderry. He was very close to his brother, Arthur Power Waring, who was also a preacher (for many years in Desertmartin, and later Upper Cumber).

John Waring was a keen astronomer and was also interested in geology. Watch this space, for a link to one of his lectures on the topic.


To the memory
Elizabeth Waring
Wife of the late John Waring
of Belleyaireo?, Kilkenny
Aged 63 years
“Looking unto Jesus HEB 12:2”
a flat laying stone
Erected to the memory of
my dear Husband
John Wilson
Who departed this life
14th November 1888?
Aged 69 years
Also our son Robert
who died in boyhood

In loving memory of
William Wilson,
who died 5th Nov 1879,
aged 82 years
Also his Wife
Jane Wilson
who died 27th June 1877,
Aged 77 years.
Also his son,
Robert Wilson
who died 8th July 1915
And his Wife,
who died 15th Dec 1910
Also their Son,
William Wilson,
who died 15th March 1945.

Also their Daughters
Margaret Wilson
died 10th April 1964.
Minnie Wilson,
died 18th May 1968.
Their Daughter-in-law
Margaret J. Wilson
died 24th Oct 1964.
Her Son
James M. Wilson,
died 22nd Jan. 1982.

In loving memory of
Jane Wilson, Wife of
Samuel Thompson,
who died 7th Aug. 1948.
The above
Samuel Thompson,
who died 14th May 1952.
And their Son
Henry J. Thompson,
who died 17th Jan. 1955.

Also their Grandchildren
Anna, and
Margaret Wilson,
who died in childhood.

Martha Wilson, a farmer’s wife from Tyanee, was 78 when she died on the 15th December 1910. She had been suffering from lung congestion for three weeks and then in the final five days had cardiac failure. Her daughter S. Wilson was with her at the end. Her husband survived Martha by 5 years. Robert Wilson, a farmer, was 77 when he died on the 8th July 1915. He had been suffering from cancer on the glands of his neck for a year. His daughter Maggie Wilson was present when he passed on.
Rectangular grave surround marked with name Wilton….no other words.  The grave is covered in green decorative stones.  There are two little black urns, again marked with the word Wilton.
Erected by
Harper York, senr, Drumlaine
in memory of his Son Ferguson
who died 28th July 1947 aged 18 years
Also the above named
Harper York
who died 4th Nov. 1956 aged 76 years
his Wife Sarah Matilda
Who died 1st April 1975 aged 75 years
Erected by
Henry York of Drumlaine
in memory of
His Daughter Eliza who
departed this life 18th Oct 1839?
aged 8 years
also his Daughter Anne Dine Mor?
who fell asleep in Jesus 22nd ??
1866 aged 32? years
and his Son ??????
who died 18th May 1869? aged 27? yeas
there is a new plaque screwed to the old stone perhaps concealing extra text on the original stone?
In loving memory of
our dear Mother
Isabella (Bella)
died 22nd August 1978.
Also our dear Father
John, died 28th october 1994.

This old gravestone was exceptionally difficult to read. Denver Boyd’s efforts from 2008 are my source of reference.
In loving memory of
A dear Husband and Father
died 7th December 1971 aged 54 years
His Wife and a dear Mother
died 3rd January 2005 aged 82 years
Erected by
Henry York, Eden
who died 19th July 1924
In memory of his Father
Henry York.
His Mother
Matilda York.
His Brother
James T. York.
Also his Sister
Matilda Faith

“Whosoever shall call on the
name of the Lord shall be saved”  Acts 11.21

In loving memory of our mum and dad
William Henry
Died 2nd December 1989 aged 68 years
Elizabeth (Bessie) 2011
Died 15th May 2011 aged 87 years
Erected by
William York,
in memory of his Son
John S. York,
born 1st May 1887
died 6th May 1887
also the above named
William York
died 3rd February 1929
aged 81 years.
his Wife Catherine,
died 2nd March 1933,
Aged 77 years.
an old iron-rail-surround grave with the remains of an iron head stone. This is impossible to read, indeed it is almost disintegrated.
a fallen gravestone
A rectangular black flower holder
In loving memory of a dear Sister
The grave next to that of Elizabeth Waring is a large flat  stone.
In loving memory of
??????, Glenone
this concrete grave is almost impossible to read
An unnamed well tended grave

A big thanks to Denver Boyd.  Denver’s 2008 transcription work provided a great foundation upon which to build on. And his work was invaluable on several old gravestones that were difficult to read.

This page is an ongoing update.  July 2017.

If you spot any errors, or can add any new details, please leave a message, or drop me a line.  I’d especially love to discover more details on the people in the very old graves – late 1800s and early 1900s. And would love photos from the early half of the 1900s.