Kilraughts Old Church Graveyard

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Introduction by the author

This is my fourth in my series of books on the old graveyards in North Antrim. Kilraughts is different from the others as it is not close to any village or town. It is unique in that most of the burials are Presbyterians or Reformed Presbyterians. The burials are also not only from the Kilraughts area but also Loughguile, Stranocum and some townlands around Ballymoney.

I have restricted the information of the family trees but fuller details are available on request.

The graveyard is still open for burials and is maintained by Ballymoney Borough Council.

I have also added at the end of the book names and locations of older families buried in Kilraughts 1st Presbyterian Churchyard and Kilraughts Reformed Presbyterian Churchyard. I can provide more information on these families.

No map of the churchyard was found and one doesn’t appear to ever have existed. As with Derrykeighan Old Churchyard, Bill Simpson has produced an accurate scale map. I have divided the map into sections for easier reading with a reference to each gravestone. However some of the positions of individual graves may not be exact.

For my research I have used church records and other local sources. S. Alexander Blair, the local historian, has produced several books on the history of the area. My book is based on the genealogy of the local families.

Dorothy Arthur

Dorothy Arthur (nèe Erskine) was born outside Ballymoney and was educated at Dalriada School and Edinburgh University. She now lives outside Edinburgh.

On retiring from general dental practice she became more involved in the people and the history of Ballymoney.

In 2008 she published her first book on Ballymoney Old Church Graveyard after many years of research.

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