We are pleased to learn that the ancient tomb of the O’Byrnes, in the
burial-ground surrounding Tullow Parish Church,
has recently been put in much-needed repair. A lady descendant of the
family, who came to spend a few weeks’ holiday in her native town after
many years’ absence, had her attention called to the matter by the
Rector, the Rev. Canon Abbott, and she at once employed local tradesmen,
and had all defective mason-work repaired, the stone pillars supporting
the horizontal slab re-set, the body of the structure newly lined with
brick, and some ornamental shrubs planted around, thus giving this
venerable memorial a new lease of live for some time to come. The
inscription on the tomb, which dates from 1625, has been already published
in the Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of
the Dead, vol. ii, page 445.
JPMD, Vol IV, Issue 1898 - 1900, CARLOW, page
6 & 7.
The Parish of
(From Lord Walter Fitzgerald.)
The town of Tullow contains three
burial-grounds – St. Austin’s Abbey, The Mullaun, and the Protestant
In the latter there are two ancient limestone
slabs, much weather worn, and very similar in size, design and
inscription: one is erected to the Byrne family, and the other to a family
of the name of Mottly.
*The date of her death was never filled in.
- "The Edmundus Carcli Byrne "I would
read "Edmund son of Charles Byrne."
- The Byrne slab measures 6ft. 8 inches in
length, 8 feet 1 inch in breadth, and 6 inches in thickness.
- The measurements of the Mottly slab are 6 ft.
5inches long, 8 feet broad and 6 inches thick.
Down the centre of both slabs runs an
ornamental five-armed cross with an interlaced stem; the arms end off in
the fluer-de-lys, and the head consists of three concentric circles. On
either side of the stem can be traced emblems of our Lord’s Passion and
Crucifixion; but the devices, originally in low relief, are now so much
worn that it is very difficult to distinguish the emblems, In each slab,
one end and one side are bevelled underneath; the other end and side
rough. The sculptor of these slabs was one Murtagh Murray, whose name
appears on the Byrne slab.
The inscriptions have already appeared on page
445. vol ii, of the Reports on the Memorials of the Dead Ireland,’
copied from Ryans "History of the Count Carlow;" but as they are
incorrectly and incompletely deciphered, I now give them in full. I am
able to do this, as a large portion of the epitaph on one is given word
for word on the other slab, so that what is undecipherable on one slab can
be made good from the other. The lettering is in low relief, and on the
Byrne slab varies in size. The literal translation of the epitaph ( for
JPMD, Vol iv, Issue 1898 - 1900, CARLOW, page
are due to the Rev. J. L. Jesson)
occurs on both the slabs, and is as follows :―
||Terra fui quondam,
|| I once was earth,
|| I am earth again,
|| I am nothing else,
||Terra caduca vale,
|| Farewell, frail earth!
||Vermes salvete, recubl.
|| Hail, O Worms ! I lay
According to a
County Carlow Chancery Inquisition (No. 60 of Charles I,), Gerrald mac
Murtagh Kavanagh and Edmund mac Gerrald Kavanagh mortgaged Castletown, als
Ballyknockane, for the sum of £203 15s. to Teige O'Gormagan of Newtown,
in the County Carlow, and to Walter Mottley of Tullow, merchant.
These premises were redeemed by Moriarty oge Kavanagh (son and heir of the
aforesaid Edmund), of Garryhill, in the year
We find a
Thady O'Gormagan named in the Regal Visitation Book, 1615, under Aghade
In one of the
volumes of Funeral Entries in Ulster's Office, I have come across the
following extract :―
of Tullaphelim in the County of Catherlagh gent., deceased, 3rd son of THOMAS
MOTLY of Athy.
The said first mentioned Walter tooke to wife Johan daughtr of
THOMAS WISE of Catherlagh
gent., by whome he hath issue 4 sonnes and 6 daughters vidz. :―
sonne, who tooke to wife UNY daughter of TEIGE
GORMOGAN, of Newtowne in the said county, Esqr.
the 2nd sonne ; WILLIAM
the 3rd sonne ; PATRICK the 4th
sonne ; all as yett unmarried.
ELLYN, eldest daughter, married to RICHARD
KNOWLES of Catherlagh, gent.
CATHERINE, 2nd daughter, married to JOHN
SMITH of Athy, gent.
ANNE, 3rd daughter, married to MATTHEW
KELLY of Wells in the said county of
ELLAN, 4th daughter ; ELLINOR
5th daughter ; MARY 6th
daughter ; all as yett unmarried.
The said first mentioned WALTER departed this
mortall life at Tullaphelim aforesaid the 11th day of January
1638, and was interred in the chauncell of the Parish Church of
Tullaphelim aforesaid the 14th of the same monneth."
JPMD, Vol IV., Issue
1898 - 1900, Page 188.
Lord Walter FitzGerald.]
MOTTLY SLAB OF 1626, IN THE TULLOW CHURCHYARD, CO. CARLOW.
[from a rubbing by Lord Walter FitzGerald, 1912.]
'On the opposite page is shown a 'rubbing' of the seventeenth century
Mottly slab, which has already been described on p. 187,
of the JOURNAL ; the Latin
part of the inscription reads' :―
Terra fui quondam, rursus sum terra, nihil sum, terra
vale, vermes salucie, recudo. [i.e.
― I once was
I am dust again, I am nothing else. Farewell,
earth; hail, O worms, I lay me down].
Among the older inscriptions in the burial-ground are the following' ;―
'On a headstone with a peculiar conical-shaped top on the south
Here Lyeth the | Body of Richard Wlash
of | Tullow
Departed this | Life April the 17th
day 1765 |
64 years with 6 of his | children as also Richard
his grandson who | Departed this life April 26
| Aged 7 yrs
May they rest | Peace Amen.
a flat slab' :―
Brewster of Tullow | Departed this life the 8th
of | March 1754 in the 65th
year of his age |
Brewster wife of | faid Thomas Brewster
| this life the 6th
day of May 1769 | in the 75th
of her age | Here lieth also the Body of John
son of the above mentioned | Thomas
Margaret who Departed | this life on the second
of March 1786 | Aged 63 years
a small headstone at the west end near the wall' :―
lies ye Body of I Ellinor dougherty who |
ye 1 day of iune
| 1750, Aged 53 years
flat slab at the west end, near the church tower, difficult to
Here lieth the Body of Mary | lames the wife of
departed this life | May the 1st
Aged 96 yrs.
CARLOW, Page 19.
‘On a table-tomb at the west end’ :―
Erected by Christmas More in Memory
of his Father and Mother.
Underneath Lieth the Body of Mary
Moore wife of John of Paulville who Departed [sic]
this life the 22nd of May 1793 aged 72 years.
Also her husband John Moore who departed
this life 22d of Disbr [sic] 1797 aged 98 years.
‘On a flat slab at the west end’ :―
Here lieth the Body of Alice Burgess who
departed this life May the 1st 1793
in the 76th years of her age.
also her hufband William Burgefs who
Departed this life Septr the 13th 1799
. . . . . . . . .
. . . . . .
his daughter-in-law Jane Burgefs depd
this life Decr 27th
1837 aged 77 years. Also his son Henry Burgefs depd
this life June . . . . . . Aged 24 years
‘Tullow Chruch is dedicated to St.
Columbkill. The Worcestershire antiquiary,
Thomas Dineley, who visited Tullow in 1680, thus alludes to the church in
his diary, :―
"Tullagh hath one parochial church
dedicated to St. Columb, which saint is sayd to
be buried in Down Patrick, in the North of Ireland, in the County of Down,
with two other capitall saints, St. Bridget and St. Patrick.
"St. Columb’s Church is also made use
of for a schoolhouse; in the churchyard is seen the fantasticall monument
on the other side, which I touched off for want of a better remark upon
the place"* (This is the Byrne slab of 1625 described in the JOURNAL,
vol. iv, pp. 186-8.)
‘The inscriptions on pages *237 and *238 of
volume viii given Under Tullow, County Carlow, belong to Tallaght, County
*Kilkenny Arch. Journal, vol. for 1862, p. 49
CARLOW, Page 20
[Contributed by Miss A. Peter, from an old notebook of
HERE LIETH THE BODY OF MRS
LYNEALL WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
DAY OF NOVEMBER 1682. AND OF
THOMAS LYNEALL HER HVSBAND WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 9TH
IVLY 1692, AND BENJAMIN LYNEALL, THE
SON OF THOMAS & MARY LYNEALL WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 4TH
DAY OF MARCH
JPMD, Vol viii., CARLOW, Page 237.
HERE LIETH THE REMAINS OF
NICHOLAS REALLY WHO DEPARTED
10th OF OCTOBER 1678.
OF PONSONBY SHAW,
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY HIM
IN MEMORY OF HIS DAUGHTER MATILDA
WHO DIED 17th
DAY OF MARCH 1833
AGED 23 YEARS
UNDER THIS STONE ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF
FOR FIFTY YEARS THE FAITHFUL & AFFECTIONATE
WIFE OF BERESFORD
SHE DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 21ST
OF JANUARY 1824
IN THE 81 YEAR OF HER AGE.
JPMD, Vol viii., CARLOW, Page 238.
* ‘The inscriptions on pages 237 and 238 of
volume viii given Under Tullow, County Carlow, belong to Tallaght, County