This cemetery, which is located in the grounds of St. James’ Church of Ireland in Athboy, is now very seldom used for burials. It is a very old cemetery and, along with the cemeteries at Hill of Ward, Rathmore and Moyagher, has served the population of Athboy for many hundreds of years. The oldest monument which I found dates from 1698.
A selected number of headstone inscriptions were recorded in 1907 by The Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead. Their results were published in their annual journal which is available in Meath County Library in Navan. The graveyard was again fully surveyed in the 1970s by well known local historian, the late Dr. Beryl F. E. Moore. Her results were published in The Irish Ancestor, Vol XIII No 2, 1981, which is also available in Navan Library, Local History Department.
The transcription which I publish below was compiled by cross-referencing the above two works and updating the inscriptions , from my own survey, as necessary. Many gravestone markers have not withstood the ravages of time. Some have been damaged and broken. Many iron and wooden crosses which I remember from years ago have simply rotted away. Doubtless, many other graves were simply unmarked. This is a complete list of all surviving monuments and headstones, as of June 2016.
ADAMS. Here lieth the body of Louisa Jane Adams who departed this life August 15th 1840 wife of Wm O. B. Adams of Upper Gloucester Street in the City of Dublin M D.
ALEXANDER. (This stone is now broken and lying in the grass. This inscription is from the work of Dr. Beryl F E Moore in the 1970s). Sacred to the memory of David Alexander RIC. Died Sept 12 1888 aged 39 years. Also of Adelaide Alexander died Nov 4 1887 aged 5 years and 3 months. Erected by a sorrowing widow and mother.
ALLEY. Erected by his wife and children in loving memory of Geo. William Alley died 6th May 1912 aged 77. And Tottenham Alley his father died 2nd Augt 1864 aged 68. Also Rev George Alley his grandfather died 6th Nov 1842 aged 72. And also Rachel Alley his grandmother died 16th March 1846 aged 75.
ANDREWS. In loving memory of Mrs Margaret Andrews Hill of Ward died 25th November 1933 aged 89 years. Her son John died 23rd Dec 1938 aged 49 years. And his wife Kate died 3rd Sept 1965 aged 68 years. RIP Erected by her family
ATKINSON. Sacred to the memory of Henry Wray Atkinson born at Cangort King’s Co July 19 1807 died at Frankville Athboy Jany 24 1873. Wm B S Atkinson died March 20 1872 aged 21 years. Wm H Atkinson died May 1850 aged 3 months and Henry Atkinson died June 1850 aged 4 months.
BALDWIN. Peaceful loved mourned. David Baldwin died March 30 1864 aged 61 years. Erected to his memory by his widow and sons.
BARRY. Of your charity pray for the soul of Thomas Barry departed this life the 28th day of July in the year of Our Lord 1869 aged 65 years. Erected to his memory by his widow Catherine Barry. (This headstone is now broken).
BARRY. This was erected by Patrick Yourk and Elizabeth Barry his sister for them and their posterety (sic) Here lyeth the body of Joseph Barry who died in his infancy 1774. (This stone is now broken and part missing. This transcription from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in 1970s)
BAXTER. Erected by John P Baxter Esqr in memory of his beloved father Patrick Baxter who departed this life 22nd Jan 1829 aged —years. His beloved mother Jane Baxter who departed this life on the 27th June 1847 aged 75 years and also his son John who departed this life on the 15th July 1813 aged 2 years.
BLAKE. Sacred to the memory of Robert Blake eldest son of Edward H Blake Esqr died 26th September 1841 aged 6years and 3 months
BRENNAN. Jim Brennan Trim Road Athboy died 1937 aged 54. (Plain wooden Cross located between grave of Thomas Comiskey and footpath)
BROWN. In loving memory of Bridget Brown died 14th Dec 1960. Also her dear mother Bridget Brown died January 1914. Also her sister Mary died 24th May 1984. Also her sister Rose McDonagh died 13th March 1979.
BYRNE. This stone was erected by Mary Byrne alias Moore in memory of her loving husband John Byrne of Athboy Innkeeper who died Septr 24th 1815 aged forty two years. Also his father Silvester Byrne who died March 1802 aged 65 years. And also Fanny Byrne his wife died in 1807 aged 88 years. (This stone is now broken)
CARBERRY. In loving memory of Hugh Cormac Carberry of Athboy, died 26th February 1927 aged 71 years. Also his beloved wife Josephine Helen Carberry died 20th February 1935 at her residence Surrey House, Leinster Road, Dublin, aged 69 years. And their beloved daughter Gertrude Irene died 24th Mar 1896 aged 6 years. Also Alfred Cormac dearly beloved son of the above died 23rd July 1945 and interred here.
CASSIDY. Sacred to the memory of Laurence Cassidy who died 26th March 1866 aged 88 years. Also his wife Bridget died 25th May 1867 aged 78 years. Also their son Denis Cassidy died 9th July 1870 aged 41 years.
CASTLES. Of your charity pray for the soul of William Castles who departed this life on the 28th day of February 1855 in the 49th year of his age. Also his wife Elizabeth who departed this life on the 18th day of May 1887 in the 81st year of her age.
CLEARY. Erected by Christopher Cleary in memory of his beloved parents James Cleary who died 10th April 1892 aged 55 yrs. And — Mary died 10th Aug 1910 aged 73 yrs. Their son James died 10th Aug 1900 aged 35 and their daughter Mary died 21st Sept 1909 aged 34 yrs. RIP
COLLES. Sacred to the memory of Abraham aged 8 years who died on 20th March 1858. Isabella aged 9 died 24th March 1858. Anna Countess aged 4 died on 25th March 1858. Mary aged 16 years died on 27th March 1858. And Sophia aged 11 years died on 7th April 1858. Children of Abraham Colles of Ballyfallon. In memory of Abraham Colles Esq JP who died on 22nd July 1879 aged 63. Also Anna Countess widow of the above who departed this life May 12th 1895 aged 72. There the weary are at rest.
COMISKEY. Erected by their children in memory of their beloved parents Thomas Comiskey died Dec 28th 1868. Bridget Comiskey died Aug 10 1884. Also their son James died Sept 13th 1887.
COMONS. Here lieth the body of David Comons aged 66. 1747
CONNELL. Erected by Peter Connell in memory of his father and mother. Also his son Patrick Connell who died aged 11 years. Also his son Christopher Connell who died March 27th 1899 aged 33 years. Patrick Connell died Feb 3rd 1917 aged 68 years
CONNOLY. Erected by Bryan Connoly in memory of his father James Connoly who depd this life the 18th of May 1818 aged 63 years. Also his father Toll Connoly who depd this life March the 18th 1778 aged 64 years. Also his wife Mary Connoly alias Quin who depd this life June 2nd 1782 aged 60 years.
CONNOR. Erected by his sorrowing wife and children in loving memory of George Connor who died 18th February 1910 aged 65.
CUNNEEN. Have mercy O Lord on the soul of Christr Cunneen who depd this life Dec 15th 1806 aged 37 years. To whose memory this mount was erectd by his affectionate wife Ann Cunneen alias Malone.
CUNNINGHAM. This memorial was erected by John Cunningham in memory of his father John Cunningham—— (rest of inscription underground)
CURRAN. Erected by Cath. Curran in memory of her beloved husband John Curran who died 23rd March 1801 aged 45 years.
CUSACK. Here lieth the body of Mr Jas Cusack who departed this life on 23rd April 1790 in the 38 year of his age. To the inconsolable grief of his wife Eliza Amelia Cusack by whose direction this stone is erected and sincerely lamented by all who knew him.
CUSACK/LUTWIDGE . This tomb was erected by Mr Edward Cusack and Mr Walter Lutwidge for the use of them and their families when they shall be extinct. The same to be continued forever to the use of those of either name who shall claim it. Here lieth the bodis (sic) of John Lutwidge and Robert Lutwidge both late of Athboy together with the remains of Walter Lutwidge late of Lackin and of Richard Lutwidge his son desesed the 11 of June 1702 (sic). (This transcription is from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in 1970s)
DEVINE. To my own dear Mother. May God rest her soul. Mrs Thomas Devine died 30th Jan 1928.
DOHERTY. In memory of Martin Doherty Martinstown Athboy who died Dec 21 1937. His wife Mollie. Their daughter Rita RIP.
DONOVAN. In loving memory of Peter Donovan Athboy died 18th March 1898 aged 72 years. Also his wife Mary died 6th Dec 1903 aged 68 years. And their sons Peter William died 23rd — 1884 aged 22 years. Also John died 23rd Nov 1903 aged 32 years. Erected by their son Michael
DOWDALL and CAMPBELL. Sacred to the memory of Anthony Dowdall Esqr who died on the 26th of Decber 1791 aged 24 years. Christopher Dowdall Esqr who died on the 12th of Febry 1796 aged 22 years. Also is here deposited the remains of James Dowdall Esqr of Caucestown who died Nove 23rd 1822 aged 46 years. George Dowdall died 1808. Walter Dowdall died 1810. Hamilton Dowdall died 1816. Fanny Campbell granddaughter of above George Dowdall died 15th June 1882
DUNN. Here lieth the body of Daniel Dunn who departd this life Febry 15th 1787 aged 46 years
DUNN. Here lyeth the body of Nicholas Dunn of Castletown who departed this life ye 9th of July 1778 aged 35 years
EUSTACE and HOEY. In loving memory of Patrick Eustace died Dec 27th 1913 aged 84. His wife Jane died March 15th 1917 aged 63. Their daughter Mrs Mary Hoey Kinnefad House Edenderry died June 1st 1949 aged 69 years. Margaret died 23rd August 1951. Peter died 29th April aged 75.
FARRELL. The Farrell family of Higginstown RIP
FARRELL. Mary Farrell Bunboggan died 24th Nov 1984. Also her husband Michael died 18th Nov 1985. And their son Tom died 23 Jan 1951 aged 7 years. Also their son John (Sean) died 10th Jan 2008 aged 70 years. RIP
FIELD. . (This stone is broken. This part of the inscription from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in the 1970s is all that remains) John Field died Sepr 20th 1780 agd 61 yrs. Also his wife Mary Field alias Stanly died Feb——inscription missing then—–agd 50 and their son.
FITZGERALD. In memory of John Fitzgerald died Novr 17th 1846 aged 40. Also his children John died Decr 25th 1864 aged 17. Isabella E died Novr 7th 1866 aged 21. Matthew died at Toronto June 15th 1868 aged 32. Rev. VII 17. James died Oct 5th 1889 aged 59. Mary wife of the above John died Mar 10th 1892 aged 84. Walter died July 17th 1899 aged 62. William died May 18th 1918 aged 86. Isabella died 16th May 1942 aged 46 and Mary wife of above Walter died 2nd February 1947 aged 86.
FLYN. (This stone is broken. This part of the inscription from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in the 1970s is all that remains). Hart who—-aged 60 yea—-so to his brother—–aged 2 years—–in aged 5 mo—–15 mo—-
FOX. Erected by Matthew Fox in memory of his father Thomas Fox who departed this life on the 3rd day of Sept 1831 aged 68 years. Lord Have mercy on him Amen.
GILSENAN. Erected by Patrick Gilsenan Higginstown in memory of his parents Jane Gilsenan died 16th March 1926 aged 58. Michael Gilsenan died 6th Oct 1930 aged 81. Their son Thomas 9th July 1927 aged 24. James Gilsenan died 1st Oct 1935 aged 86. Rose Ann Gilsenan died 18 July 1947 aged 47. Ellen Gilsenan died 25th Mar 1950 aged 47.
GORE. Sacred to the memory of Ralph Thomas Gore Esqr Vandilla Australia who fell asleep in Jesus 31st day of October 1860 aged 45 years. Also to Charlotte Isabella second child of Ralph T Gore and Isabella his wife. Born 22nd May 1857 died April 2nd 1858.
GOULD and SHEEHY. In loving memory of Bridget Gould died April 24th 1942. Patrick Sheehy died April 25th 1925 RIP
GUGERTY. Erected by Laurence Gugerty in memory——(rest of inscription unreadable)
HART. (This stone is broken. This part of the inscription from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in the 1970s is all that remains) —–died 1854—mother Mrs Rose Hart who died Decr 1834 aged 65 years. May her soul rest in peace Amen. Patrick Hart died Sept 20th 1871 aged 45 years.
HAVLIN. This memorial was erected by Thos Havlin in memory of his father Christ . Havlin who died Oct 6th1773 aged 63. His mother Elizabeth Havlin alias Moore died May 11th 1769 aged 49 years. Also his brother Patrick——– (This stone is now broken)
HIGGINS. Erected by Michael Higgins of Frayne in memory of his beloved mother Mary Higgins who died 11th August 1892 aged 49 yrs and his father William Higgins. Also the above Michael Higgins who died 15th May 1901 aged 32 yrs. Also his wife Mary Higgins who died 18th April aged 41 years.
HIGGINS. In loving memory of Joseph Higgins Retaine Navan who died 25th April 1979 aged 70 years. Also his wife Catherine who died 23rd May 2005 aged 87. Joseph Higgins Gillstown Athboy died 9th August 1941 aged 72 years. His daughter Mary died 24th Jan 1942 aged 32 years. His sons Laurence died 28th August 1946 aged 40 years. Charles died 18th Feb 1947 aged 32 years. His wife Agnes Higgins died 24th Dec 1952. William Higgins died 22nd Dec 1993 aged 74. Rest in Peace
KEERNAN. In loving memory of James Keernan died August 12th 1886 aged 26 years. Also my dear mother Maria Kiernan died August 13th 1923 aged 64 years.
KELLETT. Here resteth the remains of Fanny Mary Kellett who died 4th of March 1867. Also Alice Kellett who died 21st of June 1871. Also their mother Mary Kellett the beloved of Richd Kellett Decr 21st 1876. Also of Richard Kellett Ballinadrimna House who died 21st September 1891.
LARRISSY. In loving memory of Bridget Larrissy died August 15th 1905 aged 64 years. Mary Larrissy died Nov 15th 1953 aged 2 years. Julia Larrissy died Oct 24th 1926 aged 10 years. James Larrissy Nov 8th 1944 aged 57 years. James J Larrissy died 24th February 1950 aged 31 years. RIP. Rose Larrissy died 14th June 1956 aged 71 years.
LEDWITH. Erected in memory of the Ledwith family of Castletown who are interred here by direction of Catherine Ledwith who — 16th February 1948 RIP.
LEDWITH. Pray for Peter & Bridget Ledwith Baskinagh, their daughter Bridget Josephine. Their son Peter Joe, his wife Mary
LEVEY. Of your charity pray for the soul of Mathew Levey who died the 5th of May A D 1866 in the 48th year of his age.
LIPSCOM TINKLER. Here rests the body of Dora Lipscom Tinkler who departed this life June the 25th 1817 aged 18 years
LYNCH. In memory of Mary Jane Lynch O’Growney Street. Her brother John died May 1945. Mary Kate Lynch died 8 Jun 1967. And her husband Patrick died 19th Nov 1987. RIP
LYNCH. In loving memory of John Lynch Woodtown. His wife Mary died 13th Dec 1948. Their son John died 19th Jan 1980. RIP
MAHER. In loving memory of Kate Maher who died 1st April 1909 and her husband Jeremiah Maher who died 13th January 1921.
MAKEN. This monument was erected by Mary Maken of Athboy in memory of her husband James Maken depd Febr 25th 1835 aged 56 years.
MARA??. (This headstone is broken. This part of the inscription is all that remains) “— memory of her father Dominick Mara—who decd this—May 20 1818 aged 76 years. Also for their —“
MARLOW. Erected by Edwd Marlow in memory of his father Batty Marlow who depd this life June the 23rd 1817 aged 55 years.
MARTLEY. Here rest the remains of a beloved father & mother James Frederick Martley late of Kells in this county Esqr MD who depd this life on 15th May in the year of Our Lord 1813 in the 55th year of his age. And Henrietta Maria Martley otherwise Hopkins his wife who followed him the 8th of April in the year of Our Lord 1830 in the 70th year of her age.
MARTLEY. Underneath are interred the remains of Mrs Clemena Martley wife of Mr John Martley of Athboy who departed this life on the 14th day of Janry aged 69 yrs. This monument was erected as a tribute to the best of parents by her sorrowful children. Here also lie the remains of Kate Isabella Martley who died on 4th Decr 1871 aged 50 years eldest daughter of John Martley of Ballyfallon in this parish & Jane Martley otherwise Rothwell his wife whose remains lie interred in Kirk on Chan in the Isle of Man
McCORMICK. This stone was erected by Margaret King in memory of her husband Patrick McCormick who departd (sic) this life the 25 of January 1779 aged 61 years.
McDERMOTT. In the Holy Name of Jesus pray for souls of Patrick McDermott Athboy who died 21st March 1895 aged 83. And of their dearly loved daughters Lizzie who died 28th January 1873 aged 4 years and of Catherine Sister of Charity St Vincent de Paul who died at Smyllum Lanark 8th July 1890 aged 28. Mary McDermott died 6th March 1929. Sister Joseph Sister of Charity died 7th Oct 1932. Also Margaret died 6th Aug 1942 aged 87 years. Erected by their sorrowing daughters.
McELROY. Sacred to the memory of Robert McElroy who departed this life 2nd day of Jan 1871 aged 57 years. This monument was erected as a token of affectionate remembrance by his widow and only son. My trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.
McLOGHLEN. Of your charity pray for the soul of George McLoghlen who depd this life on the 15th of September in the year of Our Lord 1854 aged 82 years.
McMAHON. Erected by Patrk McMahon in memory of his father Owen McMahon who depd this life Octor 15th 1807 aged 72 years. Also his mother Honora McMahon alias Fourden departd this life Octr 22nd 1797 (sic)
McVEAGH. This stone protects the tomb of the family of McVeagh. (There is a McVeagh tablet inside the Church).
MONAGHAN. Erected in memory of Patk Monaghan of Frayne who died 6th Oct 1893 aged 84 years. Also his son James who died 29th June 1862 aged 4 years
MONAGHAN. In loving memory of Christopher Monaghan Frayne died 2nd March 1921. Marcella died 27th June 1921. Richard died 13th April 1927. John died 12th May 1934. William died 24th Nov 1937. Jane died 5th April 1941. Mary died 8th Nov 1949. Margaret died 14th Feb 1957. Laurence died 12th Dec 1958. His daughter died 1 year. Mary died 2nd Dec 1991 aged 76 years.
MOORE. Erected by Martin Moore in memory of his beloved father John Moore who died 15th Apr 1870 aged 89 years. May he rest in peace. Also his mother Elizabeth died 17th Feb 1879. His brother Thomas died 26th July 1902 aged 65 years. His sons Thomas Aloysius died 24th June 1890 aged 13 years. And John died 24th September 1909 aged 40 years. And his wife Catherine died 4th July 1925 aged 75 years. Bridget Moore died Oct 31st 1952. Roger Moore died Jan 16 1952 interred in Alfreton Cemetery. Catherine Moore died Mar 23 1961. Peter Moore died Nov 19 1952.
MOORE. Here lyeth ye body of Elinor Moore deceasd Jan ye 1st 1733 aged 78 yrs. Also ye body of Laurence Moore deceasd feb ye 10th 1762 aged 80 yrs. Also their son John Moore by whom this stone was erectd. He died April ye 5th 1762 aged 36 yrs. (sic)
MULLEN. In loving memory of William Mullen died 18th Feb 1883 aged 67 years. And of his wife Margaret died 26th March 1903 aged 79 years. And of their son and daughter William and Sarah. Erected by their sorrowing children AD 1904.
NEALON. (This large stone slab is now impossible to read. This transcription is from The Association For The Preservation Of The Memorials Of The Dead in 1907). Here lieth the body of Dominick Nealon of Athboy who departed this life Novr 11th 1762 aged 57 years and also of J… Barnwall his wife and 5 of their children. The Lord be merciful to their souls. This tombstone was erected by—— James Nealon——-son of said Dominick—– in the year—–. Here lieth the body of James Nealon who departed this life the (3?) day of July 1769 aged 22 years.
NEWMAN. In loving memory of our dear parents Christopher Newman died 28th Jan 1956. Catherine Newman died 7th Oct 1959.
NOBLE. (Three separate headstones inside an iron railing)
In Memory of The Revd Robert Noble born 29th August 1796 died 2nd Oct 1870. Rev.XX.6. and Catherine widow of The Revd Robert Noble died 3rd Dec 1904 aged 96 years. Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin Unto salvation. Feb. IX. 28.
James Burrowes Noble died June 22 1849 aged 10 years. Shirley Waller Noble died June 15 1849 aged 4 years. He took them up in his arms put his hands upon them and blessed them. St. Mark X.16.
Arthur Annesley Burrowes Noble died June 29 1875 aged 25 years. Ernest Newcome Noble died March 29 1880 aged 28 years. We asked Life of thee and thou gavest them a long life even for ever and ever.
No Name. He is faithful that promised.
Catherine relict of The Rev James Burrows Vicar of Castleconnor Co. of Sligo died March 17 1859 aged 79.
NO NAME. Broken stone with “May they rest in peace”
NOLAN. Sacred to the memory of John Nolan MD who died 28 May 1869 aged 62 years. For nearly 30 years Medical Officer of Athboy. Also of Frances Elizabeth daughter of the above who died in Dublin 30th March 1876 aged 2 years.
NORRIS and O’CALLAGHAN. This stone is erected as a tribute of filial affection to the memory of Mr Edward Norris of Athboy who departed this life on the 5th day of November 1840 aged 47 years. And of his wife Mrs Elizabeth Norris who departed this life on the 25th day of April 1871 aged 70 years. Also in memory of their daughter Catherine who departed this life on the 8th of May 1857 aged 23 years. Also their daughter Anne who departed this life on the 5th of December 1882 aged 47 years. Mary O’Callaghan died 27th Jan 1923. Patrick O’Callaghan died 12th Dec 1947. And their son Patrick died 9th Nov 1965. Philip died 19th May 1966. His son Philip died 21st July 2006 aged 42
NUGENT. This stone was erectd by Edward Nugent in memory of his fathr Christr Nugent and mothr Mary Nugent alias Moore. Also John Moore and his son Patrick Moore all of Athboy (sic)
O’CONNOR. Sacred to the memory of Edward O’Connor who died on the 7th Feby 1890 aged 63 years. And of his sons James died 26th Augt 1846 aged 20 years. James died 29th Jany 1869 aged 20 years & 1 month. In memory of my loving mother Judith O’Connor who died Decr 2nd 1876 aged 69 years. Inserted by her loving daughter M Staplyton. If we believe that Jesus died and rose again even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. This stone was erected by a loving son and brother John O’Connor.
O’DOHERTY. In loving memory of our dear father Simon O’Doherty died 19th Sept 1927 aged 68 RIP. Also his son Simon died 17th May 1958 aged 66 years. Inserted by his wife and family RIP. Jane O’Doherty died 27th Sept 1968. Patrick (Pat) O’Doherty Kilcarty Dunsany died 23rd Sept 1977 aged 41 years RIP.
O’KEEFE. Erected by Mrs Mary O’Keefe of Drewstown in memory of her beloved husband Joseph M O’Keeffe who died 9th Oct 1877 aged 37 years. Also her beloved daughter Ellen Catherine who died 29th April 1878 aged 7 years. Also her father John Murrray who died April 1852 aged 60 years. And her mother Marcella who died 15th May 1852 aged 53 years. (This stone is now broken. This transcription is from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in 1970s).
O’MOLLOY. Erected to the Sacred memory of Mrs O’Molloy who depd this life May 23rd 1847 aged 34 years.
O’REILLY. Your prayers are earnestly requested for ye undernamed Charles O’Reilly of Meadstown Esqr who departed ye 12th Novr 1767 aged 45 years and 4 of his children Richard Esmay Frances and Elizabeth. This monument was erected in memory of ye aforesaid Charles for him and his posterity ye 1st of July 1771 by his son Richard Tyrrell O’Reilly.
PENTLAND. This stone covers the burial place of the late John Pentland of Athboy and his family. The last of his sons George was interred here the fourteenth of May 1826 aged 85. They trusted they should not be holden of the grave but rise to a happy immortality through the merits and mediation of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Here also rests the body of Rebecca Pentland otherwise Little widow of said George who died on the 1st of July 1830 in her 88th year.
PIERS. This monument was erected by Thomas Piers in memory of his beloved parents Joseph & Margaret Piers. The former died on the 13th Decr the latter on 27th June 1807. Both in their 62nd year of their age.
PIGOTT. In loving memory of Charles Pigott who died Nov 27th 1889 aged 75 years. Also his wife Margaret Pigott who died Jany 24th 1885 aged 63 years. Also their son William Pigott who died Oct 31st 1883 aged 27 years. Their daughter Elizabeth died 28th June 1905. Mary Jane Synott died 21st June 1930.
PILLSWORTH. Here lyeth interd the body of Mr John Pillsworth who departed this life the 6 of June 1864 aged 77 years who was great grandson to Bishop Pillsworth of Kildare also his two sons John and Thomas and other sons who departed this life in the year 1715. (This stone is worn and illegible. The above is taken from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in the 1970s)
PLUNKETT. This stone was erected by Elienor Plunkett in memory of her father Mathw Plunkett who departed this life 6th day of March 1794 aged 67 years. Also of her mother Cath. Plunkett alias Smith died August 10th 1765. Also of her brother Patrick Plunkett who died Sept 30th 1780
PLUNKETT. This stone was erected by William Plunkett in memory of his father John Plunkett who depd this life Decr 29th 1761 aged 56 years. Here lieth the body of the erector who depd this life on 6th of May 1802 aged 60 years.
REILLY. In loving memory of Philips and Margaret Reilly St. James Terrace Athboy, their sons and daughters
REILLY. Erecrd by Thos Reilly in memory of his mother Ann Reilly who died 1812 agd 62 yrs (sic)
REILLY. Erected by Philip Reilly in memory of his father and mother. Also his wife Allice Reilly who departed this life Febry 15th 1844 aged 64 years. (This stone is now broken. This transcription is from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in 1970s)
REILLY. This memorial was erected by Terrence Reilly for his father Owen Reilly who depad (sic) this life November 22 1790 aged 64 years. Also his mother Anne Reilly alias Coyle who departed this life May the 4 1791 aged 57.
RORK. This stone was erected by Patrick Rork in memory of his wife Margi Rork alias Carney who depad (sic) this life June 1st 1779 aged 49 years & their children John & Catherine died in their minority.
SHAUGHNESSY. Erected to the memory of Jane Shaughnessy who depd this life on the 23rd of May 1857 aged 75 years. Also her son John Shaughnessy who depd this life on the 11th of June 1837 aged 18 years.
SHERROCK . Here lyeth the –dy of Bridget Sherrock alias Barnewal wife of Henery Sherrock who departed ys life June ye 12 aged 77 & in ye year of our Lord 1738. Anne & Mary Sherrock her children erected by Walter Keating (sic)
SIMPSON. In loving memory of my husband Robert Simpson who fell asleep 7th Aug 1899 aged 70 years. And their son William 27th March 1877 aged 23.
SMITH. 1848 Anna Smith 1913 : 1840 Thomas Smith 1913 : 1885 Julia Smith 1923 : 1848 Anna Murtagh 1944 : Rest in Peace
SMITH. May God have mercy on the soul of Mary Josephine third daughter of Thomas Smith died Decr 1885 aged 6 years. Also her beloved mother Annie Smith died May 25 1888 aged 39 years. Also the above Thomas Smith died July 16th 1889 aged 59 years. Also Patrick C Smith died 7th Febry 1907 aged 28 years.
SMITH. Sacred to the memory of Mrs Jane Smith who depd this life May 14th 1871 aged 73 years. This stone was erected in affectionate remembrance of her long and faithful service by the Rothwell family with whom she lived at Rockfield for 28 years.
SURMAN. (This stone is now missing. This transcription is from Dr Beryl F E Moore). In loving memory of Elizabeth Surman died 7th Mar 1929 aged 47 years.
TALBOT. (This large flat stone is now unreadable. This transcription is from the Association For The Preservation Of The Memorials Of The Dead) Hereunder lieth the body of James Talbot of Athboy Burgaes and one of the house of Dardistown and was born in Athboy in the year of Our Lord on the —–desesed in the year —–
THORNTON. Sacred to the memory of Patrick Thornton of Port Lester who died Aug 14 1874 aged 76 years. This stone was erected by his sorrowing wife Elizabeth of the Co Kent England as a token of her affection. Also the above Elizabeth died April 14th 1877 aged 81 years.
TRAYNOR. This stone was er—- by John Traynor in memory of his five ckildren (sic) who died in their minority. Also his mother ——- (unreadable)
TUITE. Erected by Thomas Tuite in memory of his father Edward Tuite who died on the 10th October 1860 aged 90 years. Also his mother Catherine Tuite who died on the 20th October 1850 aged 70 years.
TYRRELL. In loving memory of Richard Tyrrell Higginstown died 2nd March 1917 aged 81 yrs. Mary Tyrrell died 4th Nov 1931 aged 88 yrs.
WALSH. . (This stone is broken. This part of the inscription from the work of Dr Beryl F E Moore in the 1970s is all that remains) An iron Cross with “ M Walsh” in its centre and below “died June 26th 1908”. On a small broken stone nearby is “In loving memory of Michael Walsh Junior who died 26 June 1908 aged 27 years late of Hill St. Dublin”
WALSH. Erected by Mrs Walsh of Athboy in loving memory of her beloved father & mother Edward & Elizabeth Heavy. Also her husband James Walsh died 26th Dec 1904 aged 75 years. Also his wife Maria died 11th May 1905 aged 55 years.
WALSH. In loving memory of James Walsh Mullaghstones Athboy died 6th Mar 1958. His wife Bridget died 1st Feb 1960. Their son Andrew died 9th June 1967. Daughter Rose died 12th Sept 1970. Annie died 30th Nov 1980.
WALSH. This stone was plac’d by Frans Walsh of Athboy in memory of his parents Thos & Annie. The former died October 1787 agd 80 yrs & the latter March 1817 aged 74. Here also rest the body of said Francis Walsh who died on the 2nd of February 1851 aged 70 years and of Ann Walsh alias Little his wife who died on the 7 June 1846 aged 67 years. (sic)
WARD. In loving memory of Kate Ward and family Castletown. Erected by T McGuire. RIP ( This stone is broken).
WHITE. Sacred to the memory of Francis White died 7th May 1868 aged 68 years.
YORKE. Erected by Maria and Bridget in memory of their father Robert Yorke who died 19th June 1859 aged 56 years. Also their mother Elizabeth who died 11th Octr 1885 aged 70 years. Also their sister Margaret who died 23rd Octr 1877 aged 25 years. Also James who died 23rd May 1916 aged 79 years. Also Jane Yorke died 31st Oct 1947.
HEADSTONES AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH
BEGG. As a memorial of his affection | for his deceased parents | this monument was erected | by Mr Mark Begg of Athboy | to the memory of his father Mr | Mathias Begg of Kil | keelan who departed this life | the 20th day of February 1763 | aged 70 years | And to his mother Mary Begg | alias Dowdale who departed | this life the 10th day of February | 1771 aged 64 years | And also to the memory of | his beloved wife Martha Begg | alias Reilly of manners gentle | and affections mild | who departed this life the 6th | day of June AD 1799 aged |52 years | This stone now protects | the grave of Mr James Vaughan of | Athboy the remains of Mr Mark | Begg the Latter died the — day of |— aged 106 years | The former on the 15th day of February | 1832 aged 63 years. May they rest | in peace. (Mr Mark Begg’s date of death is not entered on the tombstone).
BRUNTON. ( This large flat stone is outside the Church door. The inscription is now impossible to read having been worn down by being constantly walked upon. Dr Beryl F E Moore also failed to read it in the 1970s. Given here is the reading from The Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in 1907. ) “Here lyeth the body of Mistress Deborah Brunton wife of Mr Hennery Brunton who departed this life the 1?? Day of June anno domini 1698”.
POTTERTON. Beneath this stone | rest the mortal remains of | Thomas Potterton | of Balatalion Co Meath who departed this life | Nov 8 AD 1847 in his 71st year | also those of his brother | Henry Potterton | of Ballyfallon same county | departed this life | Oct 29 AD 1846 aged 72 years | EPH 2.8. Here also lie interred | Eleanor Ann | widow of the above named | Thomas Potterton | died August 15 1874 aged 86 and two of his daughters | Elizabeth died April 11 1883 aged 65 | Mary died March 17 1887 aged 67 | also their son | Arthur Potterton | of Cloneylogan Co Meath | born March 19 1828 died October 25 1890 | The righteous shall be had | in everlasting remembrance | Ps 112.6. Here also rest | Harlow and Emily Irwin | grandchildren of Thomas and Eleanor Potterton | Matt. 19.14.
POTTERTON. In memory of Sarah Mainwaring wife of William Potterton Balatalion died Jan 12th 1894 aged 70 years and five of their children. Thomas Henry died Feb 7th 1885 aged 29 yrs. Robert Alexander died Sept 16th 1894 aged 28 years. Frances and Matilda twins died March 1868 aged 6 months. Eleanor Emma died May 1866 aged 2 years.
READE. Near to this spot within the Church are deposited the remains of The Revd Philip Reade LLD of Woodtown in the County of Meath who died on the 4th day of May 1781 aged 74 years. Also those of his wife Margaret Fetherston sister of the late Thomas Fetherston Esqr of Bracklin Castle in the County of Westmeath together with several of their children. And beneath this stone repose the remains of their son John Reade Esqr Barrister at Law who departed this life on the 17th day of January 1826 aged 64 years. As a faint memorial of his many and great virtues the love and esteem they inspired and the general and deep regret for his loss this monument was erected by his afflicted family. Beside him are placed the remains of his beloved wife Martha Reade only daughter of the late Francis Hopkins Esqr of Athboy Lodge in the County of Meath. She departed this life on the 8th day of Novemr 1832 aged 73 years. Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord even so saith the spirit for they rest from their labours.
SMYTH. In pious remembrance of John Smyth for many years Sexton of this church who died May 15 1844 aged 58. Also his only son John who died after a brief illness Nov 3 1871 aged 27. Both deeply regretted. This monument was erected by Catherine Noble in token of their faithful service in connection with the Parish of Athboy
VAUGHAN and O’NEILL. Sacred | to the memory of | Mr James Vaughan of Athboy | who died on the 15th February 1832 | aged 65 years | and Maria his wife | who died on 16th September 1860 | aged 78 years | also their beloved son John who died on | the 16th of August 1847 | aged 22 years | and Mrs Frances O’Neill sister of | the above Maria who died on | the 13th of November 1861 | aged 74 years.
WALKER. In loving memory of Andrew Walker who died 12th May 1878 aged 72 years. (This stone is now broken and lying flat in the lawn outside the Church door.)
MEMORIALS AND TABLETS WITHIN THE PROTESTANT CHURCH
ATKINSON. Sacred to the memory of Henry Atkinson Esqr JP who for 23 years was the resident agent on the Earl of Darnley’s property in this county. He was a kind friend, faithful and conscientious, both to Landlord and Tenant. Born at Cangort, King’s County July 19 1808, died at Frankville Athboy January 24 1873. This tablet was erected by tenants on His Lordship’s estate as a tribute of respect and esteem.
MACKEY. The carpeting in this church has been presented by Margaret Mackey in loving memory of her husband James who died on 17th May 1962.
MARTLEY. Here lyeth the body of John Martley who departed this life on the 9th of Xbr 1729 aged 87. (sic). Likewise the body of Margery Martley otherwise Cusack his wife departed this life ye 5th of Janry 1722 aged 41. Likewise the body of Athanasius Cusack who departed this life on the 5th of Febry 1745 aged 65.
MARTLEY. To the glory of God and in memory of Francis Blackburne Martley JP of Ballyfallon in this parish who departed this life on board the S.S Lusitania on 21st August 1894 aged 64 years and was interred in the Cathedral grounds at Trondhjem Norway.
McVEAGH. In loving memory of Ferdinand McVeagh of Drewstown. Died 8th Dec 1888 and his wife Maria McVeagh died 18th Feby 1890. And in the morn, those angel faces smile, which I have loved long since, and lost a while.
McVEAGH. Sacred to the memory of Margery McVeagh a most loving wife and tender mother whom death has torn from her husband and infant family, 2nd April 1794 aged 29 years. The widowed husband tries but tries in vain, to bear the anguish of the tragick scene (sic). The aspiring soul the lonely prison flies to join its consort in eternal skies. Adieu fond pair, may constancy like thine, such worth to emulate, our souls incline.
NOBLE. Sacred to the memory of The Revd Robert Noble for 39 years Rector and Vicar of this parish who was born 29th August 1796 and died 2nd October 1870. His long and faithful labours ended, he now rests in peace waiting for the coming of The Lord. The parishioners of Athboy have erected this tablet to his memory.
POTTERTON. In loving memory of Hubert Waldron Potterton Batalion Kildalkey died 10th March 1942 aged 83 years. Also his beloved wife Lena Potterton died 20th December 1941 aged 76 years. Underneath are the everlasting arms. (This tablet was moved here from Kildalkey Church when it was about to be demolished)
POTTERTON. In loving memory of Thomas Elliott Potterton Rathcormick Kildalkey. Died 11th January 1929 aged 73 years. Also his first wife Eleanor Potterton who for many years worshipped in this church and was responsible for the music. She died 21st July 1919 at the age of 60 years. Thy will be done. (This tablet was moved here from Kildalkey Church when it was about to be demolished)
WHYTE. In loving memory of The Revd Henry E Whyte M.A. and Mrs Whyte who faithfully served the parish of Kildalkey for 40 years from October 1898 to November 1939. Their day is past and over, all thanks O Lord to Thee. (This tablet was moved here from Kildalkey Church when it was about to be demolished)
RECORDED MONUMENTS WHICH ARE DESTROYED OR NO LONGER VISIBLE
HENRY. (In 1907 The Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead recorded that there was a “flat slab, much sunk in the ground, in the south side of the graveyard”. This monument is no longer visible, neither was it recorded by Dr Beryl F E Moore in the 1970s. It may well still be in situ but is most likely completely covered over. This inscription is from the 1907 recording of the cemetery). Here lieth the body of Mr Patrick Henry who departed this life the 5th day of January 1716
SMITH. The Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead , Vol 2, 1892, records 2 monuments which have not survived. These records come from the notes of Isaac Butler and are dated 1740. NOTE : The present church dates from 1770 so it seems likely that this and the following monument were destroyed in the rebuilding.
“In the south wall of the church over a large tomb, a stone with the inscription ; “Here lyeth the bodie of Elizabeth Smith, the daughter of Robert Collier, Parson of St Colliers Church in Chester and wife of William Smith Vicar of Athboy to whom she bore six sonnes, whereof three were here interred before her. She died December 13, 1631”, “
GOLLDEN/GOLDING and PLUNKET and HUTCHESTON. This monument, like the previous one, has not survived the rebuilding of the church in 1770. The Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Vol 2, 1892, published this inscription :-
“In the chancel there is a large stone with the following inscription on the edges of it, and two coats of arms in the middle :-