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County Carlow Memorials
"Journals for the Preservation of the Memorials for the Dead"

Tullow Parish.

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Tullow Parish.

     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.

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The Parish of Tullowphelim  

 Tullow Churchuyard.

(From Lord Walter Fitzgerald.)

     The town of Tullow contains three burial-grounds – St. Austin’s Abbey, The Mullaun, and the Protestant Church burial-ground.

     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 which thanks

JPMD, Vol iv, Issue 1898 - 1900, CARLOW, page 186.

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are due to the Rev. J. L. Jesson) occurs on both the slabs, and is as follows :

  Terra fui quondam,    I once was earth,
  Rursus sum terra,           =    I am earth again,
  Nihil sum,       =  I am nothing else,
  Terra caduca vale,   =  Farewell, frail earth!
  Vermes salvete, recubl.  =  Hail, O Worms !  I lay me down.

     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 1636.        

     We find a Thady O'Gormagan named in the Regal Visitation Book, 1615, under Aghade and Ardristan.

     In one of the volumes of Funeral Entries in Ulster's Office, I have come across the following extract : 

"WALTER MOTLY 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. :

JAMES eldest sonne, who tooke to wife UNY daughter of TEIGE GORMOGAN, of Newtowne in the said county, Esqr.
THOMAS 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 Catheragh, gent.
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.  

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[From Lord Walter FitzGerald.]

    THE 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, vol. iv, of the JOURNAL ; the Latin part of the inscription reads' :
 
     Terra fui quondam, rursus sum terra, nihil sum, terra
     caduca vale, vermes salucie, recudo.  [i.e. I once was
     dust, I am dust again, I am nothing else. Farewell,
      frail 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 side' :
 
     Here Lyeth the | Body of Richard Wlash of  | Tullow
    
who Departed this | Life  April the 17th day 1765 |
     Aged 64 years with 6 of his | children as also Richard |
     Moore  his grandson who | Departed this life April 26 |
     1764 | Aged 7 yrs May they rest | Peace  Amen.

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'On a flat slab' :
 
     Thomas Brewster of Tullow | Departed this life the 8th
     day of | March  1754 in the 65th year of his age |
     Margaret Brewster wife of | faid Thomas Brewster
     Departed | this life the 6th day of May 1769 | in the 75th
     year of her age | Here lieth also the Body of John |
     Brewster Esqr son of the above mentioned | Thomas
     and Margaret who Departed | this life on the second
     day of March 1786 | Aged 63 years
 
     'On a small headstone at the west end near the wall' :
 
     Here lies ye Body of I Ellinor  dougherty who |
     Departed ye 1 day of iune | 1750,  Aged 53 years
 
     "A flat slab at the west end, near the church tower, difficult to
decipher' :                 

      Here lieth the Body of Mary | lames the wife of 
      William | James
who departed this life | May the 1st 
     1817 Aged 96 y
rs.

JPMD, Vol, Issue 1916, CARLOW, Page 19.


Tullow Churchyard.

     ‘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.

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     ‘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

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     ‘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 Dublin.’ 

*Kilkenny Arch. Journal, vol. for 1862, p. 49

JPMD, Vol, Issue 1916, CARLOW, Page 20

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[Contributed by Miss A. Peter, from an old notebook of 1837.]

     HERE LIETH THE BODY OF MRS MARY
     LYNEALL WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
     19TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 1682.  AND OF
     THOMAS LYNEALL HER HVSBAND WHO
     DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 9TH DAY OF 
     IVLY 1692, AND BENJAMIN LYNEALL, THE 
     SON OF THOMAS & MARY LYNEALL WHO
     DEPARTED THIS LIFE 4TH DAY OF MARCH
     1707.

JPMD, Vol viii., CARLOW, Page 237. 

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     HERE LIETH THE REMAINS OF
     NICHOLAS REALLY WHO DEPARTED
     10th OF OCTOBER 1678.

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THE FAMILY CEMETERY
OF PONSONBY SHAW, ESQR, FRIARSTOWN.
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY HIM
IN MEMORY OF HIS DAUGHTER MATILDA
WHO DIED 17th DAY OF MARCH 1833
AGED 23 YEARS

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UNDER THIS STONE ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF
FRANCES
FOR FIFTY YEARS THE FAITHFUL & AFFECTIONATE
WIFE OF
BERESFORD BURSTON OF FIRR
HOUSE, ESQR, 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 Dublin.’  


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