Irish Immigrants

Irish Immigrants

Birth
Ireland
Death 1847
Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial Site* Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot North West Corner
Memorial ID 137107723 · View Source
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In 1847, at least 1,400 Irish immigrants trying to escape famine in their home country, died in hastily erected sheds on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Kingston. Many were buried in a mass grave on the grounds of the nearby Kingston General Hospital, and the burial mound remained there for years. A monument called The Angel of Mercy was placed at the mass grave site in 1894 by Archbishop Cleary.

In 1966, when the hospital, located in an old built up area of the city, needed to expand, some of the remains were moved to the north west corner of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery. The Angel of Mercy was also moved and now sits on top of a mound over these graves.

Over 600 names of the nearly 1400 people buried at KGH are recorded in the archives of St Mary’s Cathedral. Research into the names of other Irish famine victims buried in 1847-48 in other gravesites in the city (for example The Upper Burying Ground commonly called Skeleton Park) continues.


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  • Created by: Elizabeth Cohoe
  • Added: 11 Oct 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 137107723
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Irish Immigrants (unknown–1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 137107723, citing Saint Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Elizabeth Cohoe (contributor 47934448) .