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HISTORY OF HEADSTONES
By Cara Links
Some of Irelands most popular Epitaphs
"Dear Friend As You Pass By
Hodie mihi, cras tibi
Memento, Homo, quia pulvis es et in pulverem revertis. ( Remember, man, that dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou return)
Remember man as you pass by,
For life at best is but a crooked street,
This verse in many versions can now be found all over the world but this one appeared in Kurrajong Churchyard Sydney New South Wales Australia
Charles Larry is my name
Another version of he old verse is this one from Clondegad
Here lies the body of John Glasclune
From the Ballyporeen Churchyard Tipperary
On Teague O'Brien
Mayne Cemetery Cloughead Co Louth
During the 1880's a Rev Thomas Pegg made a visit to Ireland and his itinerary included Maynooth, Mullingar, Dublin, Ballymahon, Athlione, Birr,Monasterein and Naas. During his travels as he was a keen epitaph hunter he jotted into a leather bound book many epitaphs from graveyards within his travels, but he never noted which they were from.
So from his jottings comes the following.
Here lies one Thomas Foote
Weep not for me, my husband dear
And from Youghal Co Cork
Here lies poor but honest Cecil Pratt.
Duncannon Fort, Co Wexford Ireland
Under Lyeth The Body Of Elizabeth
Cahir Co Tipperary
Oh Lord, here I lie, and no wonder I'm dead
John Genet of Oldbridge Co Meath
The Poor have his Almes
A very sad epitaph and indeed it tells a simple story Of so young a bride and mother
Twelve years was I a Maid
1860 puzzle recorded by Samuel Palmer and all I know is it is the South of Ireland
Many worked over these letters until one day it clicked that this is what it said
Beneath this stone lies Katherine Gray,
For a Locksmith
A zealous locksmith dy'd of late,
For Watchmakers Limerick Cathedral
Here lies in Horizontal position, the outside case
The honest Miller-Kinnagh Co Wexford
Here lieth the body of
Adamstown Co Wexford
Erected by John Broder in memry of his nephew John Murphy
Corofin Co Clare
In loving memory of Alice E Sharman, born Valpariso, Chile 3rd Nov 1877.
Ballyhuskard Co Wexford
Erected By Laurence Redmond In Memory Of His Father
Clonnattin Co Wexford
Erected by May Hughes Tubberduff
Kilcavan ( Near Wellington Bridge) Co Wexford
Here lies the body of James Larken late of Kilcavan
Fethard on Sea St Mogues Co Wexford
This dreary region contains
Knockbrack Graveyard Kesh Co Sligo
To the memory of John Kelly
St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin
Here lieth the body of Alexander McGee, servant to
And of course there was the master who wanted it known how generous he could be, as recorded on Irish servant John Quinny, who was in service of Sir Henry Chester for fifty-six years, were carved the words
*His master left him an anuuity of £8.
St Nicholas Churchyard Dundalk Co Louth
Sacred To The Memory Of John Ingham Late Quartr. Mafter 7th Dn Guards, Who Departed This Life 22nd July, 1817, Aged 62 Years Also Of Elizabeth Ingham His Wife Who Died 2nd Jany, 1818 Aged 58 Years This Stone Was Erected As A Tribute Of Filial Love By Their Daughter Anne Ingham.
The Governors Of The Louth Hospital Have Caused The Following Extract from Their Journal To Be Engraved On The Tombstone Of Their Late Warden And Matron, John And Eliza Ingham.
*That we have just cause to lament their decease: That their conduct as Servants of the Public uniformly regulated by the stricfet (sic) senfe (Sic) of integrity and oeconomy and as Warden of the Sick and maimed by the tender feelings of tenderniss ( sic): That in the care of the House generally they eftablished (sic) an admirable Sytem of order alfo cleanliness and were both in their own behaviour Sober, Respectable and Decorous: That we are very desirous to uphold their example in all respects for the imitation of those who may at any time hereafter succeed them
Same Graveyard as one above
Sacred to the memory of David Williams who departed this life the 18th day of March, 1824 aged 42 years.
Burial epitaphs for Coastal graveyards of Ireland
At Anchor now in Death's dark road,
Kililagh Co Clare some of the crewmen of the Spanish Amada lie buried
TAUMPLE NA SPANIG
A very simple epitaph says
Here I lies,
Timothy Connell mariner murdered 1828 on the
St Patrick's Creach Glendum Road Cushendum Co Antrim
On John McAlaster who served with Lord Nelson against the French
Knockbrack Graveyard Keash Co Sligo
John Cullen Mariner died in 1878 aged 62, all his life he fought sea and the bottle .
For 35 years and upwards
Irish all over the world
And of those Irish who are buried all over the world comes some particular
Here Lies The Body Of Martha Mays
Written by a Pete Connor of his wife
Who far below in this grave doth rest
Advertising on headstones
Oxford New Hampshire
Here lies Jane Smith, widow of Thomas Smith Marblecutter, this monument was erected by her husband as a tribute to her memory and a specimen of his work. Monuments of the same style 250 dollars.
Died on the 11th inst, at his shop, No 20 Greenwich St. Mr Edward Jones, much respected by all who knew and dealt with him. As a man he was amiable; as a hatter upright and moderate. His virtues were beyond all price, and his beaver hats were only three dollars each. He has left a widow to deplore his loss, and a large stock to be sold cheap, for the benefit of his family. He was snatched to the other world in the prime of his life, just as he had concluded an extensive purchase of felt; which he got cheap that his widow can supply hats at more reasonable rates than any house in the city. His dicon-solate family will carry on business with punctuality.
So having shared my work and paper with you I leave you now to ponder, on what may or may not be written, on that elusive headstone, that belongs to your own ancestors, having as yet not found my own great grandparents , I too, share that mystery ....
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