Annahilt Graveyard

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Ballynahinch, County Down, Northern Ireland Add to Map
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This is situated between the Lisburn-Ballynahinch and Hillsborough-Ballynahinch roads in the townland of Glebe and parish of Annahilt.
During the last century it was thought that it was situated in an old pre-Christian fort but it is now considered that banks on the hillside are no more than an old cart track.
(Archaeological Survey of Co. Down)
However the church is said to have been founded by St. Molibba in the eighth century. It is referred to as Enaceilte in Primate Swayne's Valuation of 1422.
The church was built in 1741 and the tower added in 1768.
It is the tower and the foundations of the church which stand at the western edge of the graveyard.
The present church was built in 1856.
The old registers dating from 1818 were destroyed in the Four Courts but the baptismal register dates from 1842 and the burial register from 1857. There are Vestry books of 1777-1819 and 1839-1901.
The graveyard is very uneven and several of the eighteenth century stones are simply markers.
The oldest gravestone is of about 1706 though one commemorating four Presbyterian ministers goes back to 1682.
All stones recording deaths before 1900 have been transcribed.

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  • Added: 23 Mar 2017
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2638049