Old Families of Newry (GSI Vol. 21)

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Nowhere is the long, often troubled but always absorbing history of Newry more poignantly captured than in its historic graveyards. This scrupulously presents in fascinating detail information gleaned from the town's Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic and Presbyterian burying grounds. The Abbey sadly has vanished without trace, St Patrick's, however, was the first Protestant church to have been built in Ireland. Here are buried the remains of well-known merchant and clerical families including Carlile, Corry, Erskine, Glenny, Magill, Ogle and Swanzy. Both here and in St Mary's Parish Church architects and doctors are to be found alongside cutlers and carpenters. In each the number of soldiers' graves reflects the strong military presence of the town's barracks through the centuries. St Mary's Roman Catholic Church has the most recent and largest graveyard. Here most of the Bishops of Dromore of the last two centuries are buried, as are the many Catholic merchant and farming families associated with Newry's commercial importance. The two small Presbyterian graveyards contain outstanding local figures such as John Mitchel, the Young Irelander, and ministers involved in splits in the Presbyterian church. This generously illustrated volume is enhanced by additional features including biographical notes, extracts from wills and a guide to genealogical sources for this, one of Ireland's most historic towns.

R. S. J. Clarke

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