Note: 21st November 2016, After posting this entry about Kilomoganny Church of Ireland graveyard we have been given further information about 2 burials here but without headstone or memorial. Dr Richard Speare Peile (1801-1849) ran the Dispensary at Rossenara House and is buried here together with his wife Margaret who also died in 1849. He is buried beside her. Both died of the Cholera. .Many thanks to John O'Meara for sending us this information and for further family information and also to Thomas Reade-Duncan for additional information about the Peile family. There are additional Peile burials in this graveyard but alas no headstone.
List of names appearing on the memorials
Adams, Bourk, Bradley, Candler, Coughlan, Coughlin, Dowley, Duncan, Evans, Hackett, Hillas, Malone, McCheane, McManus, Morris, Murphy, O'Connell, Reade, Ryan, Scully, Somers, Sutton, Young.
List of places appearing on the memorials
Callan, Clincaun, Clonmel, Croan House, Curraghmore, Cussan, Dublin, Dunnamaggan, Goodwinsgarden, the Green, James Green, Kilkenny, Kilmaganny, Kilmoganny, Mount Pleasant, Ormonde Slate Quarries, Rogerstown, St Nicholas Without, Sheepstown, Whitechurch.
List of occupations appearing on the memorials
Curate, Doctor, Lieut Colonel, MRCSE (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh), Rector, Reverend, RIC.
List of Masons who have signed the memorials
Hoban of Kilkenny, Molloy, O'Dwyer of Kilkenny and O'Shea of Callan.
|No 2. The square obelisk commemorating the Adams family|
Memorial No 9 reads "Here lie the remains of Mrs Jane Sutton, wife of the Rev Thos Sutton of Kilmaganny who departed this life on the 23rd day of Decr in the year or Our Lord 1811 aged 66 years". In 1778 Thomas Sutton was the Curate of Kilmaganny and Knocktopher. In 1800 he wrote in the Visitation Returns "I have served the curacy for 22 years and am now 25 years a curate and the Great God only knows the hardships I have laboured under". He then had £50 a year". (Leslie: Ossory Clergy and Parishes 1933).
|No 16. A beautifully carved stone erected by James Bourk in 1805. There are two decorative angel faces, both with feathered wings, on this headstone. Note the handsomely carved IHS and cross above it.|
Memorial No 22 reads "Here lie buried the remains of William Morris of Rogerstown, Kilmoganny who died 20th Sept 1902 aged 91 years and his wife Frances Morris who died 19th December 1902 aged 81 years" Also of Richard, son of the above who died 7th February 1907 aged 49 years. Waiting for the Resurrection, for the Trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible. 1st Cor.XV 52. Death and darkness and the tomb only whisper till he come". This William Morris of Rogerstown was born circa 1811 the natural son of William Morris Reade of Rossenara by Martha, daughter of John McCulla, a coachmaker in Waterford. He married Fanny Nicholson circa 1841.
Against the back wall and clearly not in its original place is a very broken and seriously damaged stone with some parts completely missing. This is Memorial No 20 on our list. ".......of his....and only child of the Revd Annesley T Hillas, Rector of St Nicholas Without who died at Kilmoganny Rectory Oct 23rd 1880 aged 67 years. In loving memory of Charity Blake widow of Monckton Somers Esq., of................illegible." At first it was not at all clear that all the broken parts and scraps came from the one headstone but after some considerable research it became apparent that they did.
The marriage of Monckton Somers and Charity Blake Hillas took place in St Luke's Church of Ireland Parish in Dublin in 1836. Monckton Somers Esq., was a Brewer by occupation and also a Church Warden of St Lukes; they had at least nine children, four of whom died young. One, George Somers died in 1849, of what is described as malignant scarlatina. Another son, Annesley Thomas Somers, born in 1840, became Vicar of Kilmoganny from 1874-1883; this explains why his mother was buried here in this graveyard. Monckton Somers Esq., died 22nd August 1856 in Kingstown, Dublin but was buried in St Luke's. The Revd Annesley T Hillas, born 1768, was the son of Wynne Hillas of Dublin and Miss Cherry (sic - but surely a misprint for Charity?)Blake. The Revd Annesley T Hillas married Sarah Margaret Dowling in St Anne's Soho, London in November 1806. There has been frequent mis-transcibing of Sarah's name as Douling but it is definitely Dowling and she herself signs the marriage register as S.M. Dowling. The witnesses to this wedding are Edw. Dowling and M. Dowling. The genealogy of the family of Hillas of county Sligo by Celeste Byrne has been published in The Irish Ancestor No 1. 1972. This genealogy includes the above Rev. Annesley Hillas whose mother was Charity Blake; he appears to descend from a Robert Hillas of Donecroy, Templeboy, Sligo.
Quite a lot of information was eventually gathered together about this family and if anyone is interested we do have further information about the history of this family.
|A view of St Mathew's Church from the back showing plot No 15. The large anonymous plot belonging to the Morris-Reade family|
No 15 on our list is a large plot with a surrounding small raised wall which once had iron railings. Currently there are no inscriptions and no names.
We have been contacted by Thomas Reade-Duncan, co-author with Henry Morris, of the two articles about the Reades of counties Tipperary and Kilkenny which appeared in The Irish Genealogist, with further information about this plot. He advised us that the plot is a Morris-Reade plot with burials containing the following members of the Morris-Reade family. William Morris-Reade (1788-1847), his wife Elizabeth Maitland (1808-1884), their son Frederick Richard (1833-1898), their daughter Anna Maria (1829-1879), William's brother Rev Benjamin O'Connor Morris (1791-1846) and his wife Elizabeth O'Connor of Mount Pleasant, Queens County The fine railing were stolen about twenty years ago. We are grateful to him for this information.
It was understood that this plot was used to for the burial of members of the constabulary who were killed at the Battle of Carrickshock on Wednesday 14th December 1831. These members of the constabulary are presumably somewhere else in the graveyard in an unmarked plot. The names of the 11 dead sub-constables are:- John McGlennan, John or Joseph Whitaker, Edward Boyle, James Dixon (also spelt Dickson), Thomas Egan, William Budds, John Wright, Robert Fitzgerald, John Fitzpatrick, Charles Carroll and John Prescott, The Chief Constable, Captain James Gibbons, a veteran of Waterloo, was also killed and is presumably buried here. Another unnamed sub-constable died of his wounds but it not recorded with precision where he was buried. The process server, Edmond Butler, a man of questionable reputation and hugely unpopular, died the day after the battle; it is unclear if he is buried here or not.
1. Richard Lahert. The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Dunnamaggan in the
Diocese of Ossory. 1956
Footnote: Rev Hans Hamilton died in Leamington, Warwickshire, England on 8th February 1839.
|Some headstones are not that easy to get at. This one, No 17, engulfed by the shrubbery and trees is dedicated to Marianne Bradley who died December 11th 1865 aged 27 years.|