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These new records contain a wealth of infor-
mation of use to both the family and local
historian and the burial registers, in particu-
lar, are full of interesting entries. For example
in Ardkeen CI there was noted the burial
entry of Henry Cleland, aged around four
months old, in 1823 with a note by the minis-
ter that stated that he was "found dead in a
field with a letter mentioning his name. Per-
ished from cold and hunger; Coroner's
inquest wilful murder."
Occupations were sometimes recorded,
especially if the deceased was in the mili-
tary or the clergy. Ballyculter CI's burial reg-
ister occasionally contained the occupa-
tion of the deceased, particularly if they
were servants, for example in 1818 Daniel
Kain "Lord Bangor's man", William Wilson
"gardener to Mr Price" and Roger Wade
"steward to Mr Hoey" were all buried. This
may be the only record of their employment
which now exists.
Carrickfergus CI's register contained an
entry of the burial in May 1776 of Mr Mc-
Cracken, "the buckle beggar". A buckle
beggar was someone who performed mar-
riage ceremonies "in a clandestine and
irregular manner".
The history of a local area can also be seen
through the Church records. For example,
one can see in the Blaris (Lisburn) CI register
the arrival of the Duke of Schomberg's army
in September 1689 by the increase of the
deceased who were serving in that army.
These were not only soldiers, for example in
December 1689 John Redbird "master
baker to [the] Duke of Schomberg" died
and in January 1690 Thomas Mansfield,
"one of King William's bakers" was buried.
In coastal parishes, we find the burial
records of sailors, fishermen and those who
had drowned. For example in Ballyhalbert
CI, in January 1864 there was the burial of
three men who were shipwrecked including
John Morrison from Douglas on the Isle of
Man. In this register we also find the burials of
two men from the HM Cruiser Bayano
which was torpedoed by a German subma-
rine in 1915. Donaghadee CI's burial register
contains an entry for James Conlin, a tide-
waiter (customs officer) who was "killed by a
fall on the quay" in October 1783.
In the majority of entries the cause of death
was not recorded, but unusual incidents
were often noted by the minister. For
example, in Ballyphilip CI we find Patrick
Kelly, aged 15 years from Portaferry who
died in June 1876 from "a fall from a veloci-
pede" (an early bicycle). Carrickfergus CI's
register details the burials of four men in Oc-
tober 1752 who were "killed with the burst-
ing of a cannon". Magheralin CI's records
contain an entry for Edward Lunn, an
innkeeper who was buried in July 1817; he
"died suddenly at Maze races". Down CI's
burial register contains information on John
McKenzie, the son of Prudence Coslett, who
was buried in June 1765 after he "fell off the
Many of the burial records also contain the
name of the father, husband or next of kin of
the deceased, providing additional infor-
mation on each family.
Further records added for
County Wexford
The baptismal and marriage records of two
RC parishes for Co. Wexford, Ballindaggin
and Ballyoughter have now been added to
Marriage records for the RC parish of
Kilanerin are also now online.
Coming Soon
More Co. Wexford data will be added