St. Mary's Church Of Ireland Cemetery

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St. Mary's Church Of Ireland Cemetery

Saltmills, County Wexford, Y34 W727 Ireland
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Built with funds from the Board of First Fruits Church of Ireland church, built 1818. Closed, 1992. Now disused.

Tintern Abbey was founded in c.1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl of Pembroke and ‘the greatest knight that ever lived’. Marshal, who had set sail for Ireland on his first visit as Lord of Leinster was threatened with shipwreck during a bad storm and vowed to found an abbey wherever he could safely land. On reaching Bannow Bay, he redeemed his vow and bequeathed 9000 acres of land for it’s foundation and it quickly became one of the richest Cistercian abbeys in Ireland. It was colonised by monks from Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire,Wales (hence the name) which Marshal was also patron. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the abbey and its grounds were granted to Sir James Croft, and then to Anthony Colclough, a soldier of Henry VIII whose descendants became the Colclough Baronets. The final member of the Colclough family to reside here was Lucey Marie Biddulph Colclough who donated the abbey to the nation

From the Gowan ancestry, John Hunter Gowan married . Frances Morton and had Jane Amelia who married Edward H. Colclough-Turner. The Colclough family were of co.Wexford. Their daughter, Frances Anne Colclough-Turner married Ogle Robert Gowan an illegitimate son of John Hunter Gowan and his mistress, Margaret Hogan.
John Hunter Gowan [1727- ]

The last occupant Lucy Wilmot Susanna Maria Biddulph Colclough removed the roof to avoid paying Rates (a property tax). In 1969 she gave the building to the nation, our Office of Public Works has done a lot of conservation, it is now open to the public. The Colcloughs came originally from Staffordshire and are tracable back to the 12th century. In case you think your Wexford pedigree looks like a list of the "bad guys" from 1798 one of the Rebel leaders was Dr John Colclough of Ballteigue Castle here in Kilmore Quay, he was hanged drawn and quartered on Wexford bridge, a contemporary of his, John of Tintern Abbey had the dubious distinction of being shot dead in the last duel fought in Co. Wexford."


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GPS Coordinates: 52.22894, -6.82737

  • Added: 8 Mar 2017
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