Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, almost: Royal Irish Constabulary, Glasnevin



This memorial to members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who are interred at Glasnevin, marks interments which took place between 1884 and 1965.  If you have an ancestor who served with the RIC and you believe they may be named on this stone, send me an email at irisheyesjennifer @gmail dot com and I will check the photos with a loupe to draw out the information.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Burial Ground of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, Glasnevin



In addition to this burial plot of Dublin Metropolitan Police Officers at Glasnevin, there is also a DMP gravesite at Mount Jerome (click for link).

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Intriguing names in the Necropolis: Hercules and Achilles

Sometimes I find myself drawn to tombstones, not only because of their beauty, but because of the names which they bear.  Here are a couple of examples from Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, namely Hercules Ellis and Achilles Daunt:

Hercules Ellis
The stone reads:

Here lieth all that was mortal
of
Hercules Ellis
of
83 Stephens Green
"The well beloved and devoted son
of
Sarah and Nicholas Ellis"
Whose spirit passed to God
On the 29th of August 1879.

Achilles Daunt, D.D., 1832-1878
The stone reads (in part):

Erected
By the members of his family
In Memory Of
ACHILLES DAUNT D.D.
DEAN OF CORK
Born At Kinsale August 23rd 1832

Click on the links below for biographical information about the interred:
Achilles Daunt
Hercules Ellis
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Across a bridge to the ever after...

Far back in the Prospect Cemetery at Glasnevin you will find this sort of 'island' of graves. You must cross a bridge over a 'moat' of crypt doorways in order to get to the graves. As you walk through the cemetery, observing fields of graves row upon row, this 'island' set apart seems a strange find.





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Monday, October 31, 2011

Hallowe'en: The curtain lifts between the worlds tonight...

There is a well worn saying in my family that I often keep in mind when entering very old cemeteries, and it is, "You've more to fear from the living than the dead". Nevertheless, at times I have found myself feeling quite unsettled in certain cemeteries, none more than Mount Jerome in Harold's Cross, Dublin. In the past I've talked about the strange weather I've encountered here, and the whispers which have at times filled the air as I wandered through this place alone. Since the curtain lifts between the worlds tonight on All Hallows Eve, I thought I'd share with you some of the areas of the cemetery in which I have felt less than comfortable, and thought perhaps I was not alone.
Among the tombs on The Long Walk.  After a heavy rain there seemed to be an odd mist lingering in the air.
In the lane of crypt doorways below ground level.  Whenever I find myself down here I wonder why it is I do this.
Crypt doorways on the left hand side.
Emerging from below ground level, the gravel was slippery and the hair on the back of my neck was definitely standing up.
In the midst of summer, on a bright August day, fall had already come to this place, and there's that mist in the air again.
Check out this post: Whispers in Mount Jerome, about another unsettling Mount Jerome experience.
Also, check out the Gresham family vault, built for a lady who feared being buried alive.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The history of a life: Captain James Vaughan 1829-1873


The epitaph on this beautiful stone tells the story of almost the entire life of James Vaughan, from the time he joined the navy at the age of 12 until his death at the age of 44.


The stone reads:

Sacred
To The Memory Of
Captain James Vaughan R.N_C.B.,
Who depart this life 29th April 1873 Aged 44 years
He entered the Royal Navy in the year 1841 on board H.M.S. Scout
and was present at the operations on the River Plate.
As Lieutenant he served in the Baltic and Black seas during the years 18?4 - ?
and in the latter on board H.M.S. Britannia took part in the attack on the
Batteries of Sebastopol.
In 1857 he joined H.M.S. Shannon Captain Sir William Peel V.C._K.C.B. as senior
lieutenant and proceeded to India. During the Mutiny he served as second in
command of the naval brigade under that officer and on his death from small pox
assumed the sole command. He advanced to the Relief of Lucknow and there
distinguished himself by his coolness and daring in taking his guns with a few yards
of the walls and breaching them for the storming party.
For his services with the brigade he was promoted to the rank of commander, was
awarded the Companionship of the Bath, and on his arrival in England was further
advanced to the rank of captain.
As well as being a thorough sailor, he was an accomplished and gallant officer,
an affectionate and devoted husband, a warm and sincere friend, and died beloved
and regretted by all who knew him.
This monument is erected by his widow,
Margaret Vaughan


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Little Girl Lost, Deansgrange, Blackrock, Ireland


The stone reads:

In Loving Memory Of
Mary Olive (Olif) Hamilton Hardy
Only Child of Major W. A. & Emily G. Hardy
Died on the 13th Jan. 1913
Aged 12 Years

“That (Her) Rock was Christ”
I. Cor. X. 4.
“So Shall We Ever Be With The Lord”
1 Thess. IV. 17


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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: 'Remember me when I am gone away...'

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

The lines of poet Christina Rossetti's 'Remember' are very meaningful to me because I recited the poem at the interment of my own father. I like to keep the poem in mind when I am walking among the tombs of those who have gone before us. It serves as a good reminder to not only observe and record what we see, but to remember that those interred were once real flesh and blood individuals with hopes and dreams, not so different from our own, who want to be remembered.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Captain Holland Lecky McGhee: 20 January 1844


Offering little information about him this teetering stone reads:

Captain Holland Lecky McGhee
He fell asleep looking unto Jesus
as all his Salvation
on the 20th day of January 1844
in the 45th year of his Age.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mystery Monday: Widow of Francis Mills

Her maiden name is unrecorded; her forename will soon be dust, but we are told Anne was the Widow of Francis Mills.  As is often the case in this period, Anne is remembered by virtue of her connection to her husband.

The stone reads:

In Memory of
Anne
Widow of Francis Mills
Died
13 February
1869,
Aged
80 Years

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Friday, July 15, 2011

"Bury me in Ireland, the land of my adoption...": Thomas Drummond: 1797-1840




The epitaph bears a paraphrase of what were allegedly his last words:

BURY ME IN IRELAND
THE LAND OF MY ADOPTION
I HAVE LOVED HER WELL
AND SERVED HER FAITHFULLY.

During his short life of only 43 years, Scottish-born, Thomas Drummond served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers, Head of the Boundary Commission (1832), Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Under Secretary of Ireland (1835 until his death 1840).

Popularly known as 'The Drummond Era', it is his time as Under Secretary of Ireland for which Thomas Drummond is best remembered. It is said that he was respected by the Irish because he ruled from Dublin Castle with impartiality and fairness. During his tenure, Drummond grappled with injustice in the legal system, monitored issues accruing as a result of the growing Orange Order movement, and established a centralized Police Service. He had other initiatives planned as well when he died while in office, 15 April 1840.

For more information see: Thomas Drummond.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Cruciform City

Just inside the main gates of Glasnevin Cemetery, on the left hand side, lie row upon row of cruciform tombs. Interred within are members of the clergy, priests and canons, and other men of stature within the religious community. Many of the tombs have ornately carved celtic crosses adorning them, and some bear only simple crucifixes.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Among the rows of cruciform tombs: William J. Walsh, Archbishop of Dublin


Towering over the rows of cruciform tombs in Glasnevin cemetery is the final resting place of William J. Walsh, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, and Primate of Ireland. Walsh was born in Dublin 30 January 1841. He was educated at the Catholic University, under Cardinal Newman, and continued his clerical studies at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. After graduation, he was appointed Professor of Dogmatic and Moral Theology, a post he held from 1867 to 1878. He became president of Maynooth College in 1881.

Walsh took an active part in public affairs, and was a leading nationalist in the hierarchy of the Irish clergy. Walsh openly endorsed the land agitation movement of the 1880s. Possibly because of the stand that he took, the British government opposed his appointment as Archbishop of Dublin in 1885. He was a strong supporter of Charles Stewart Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and founder of the Irish National Land League; however, when the scandal broke of Parnell’s relationship with Mrs Kitty O’Shea, Walsh turned against Parnell.

William J Walsh died in Dublin in 9 April 1921. Following his death he was described as “the greatest Archbishop of Dublin since St Laurence O’Toole”. His monument in Glasnevin cemetery was sculpted by renowned Irish sculptor Albert Power.





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Biographical Reference: Glasnevin Trust.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: The Anchor of the Family

The stone reads:

Erected by
Kate Barry
In Loving Memory of Her Husband
George David Barry
Late of William Street, Limerick
Who Died 26th November 1887 Aged 46


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