Graveyards in the MADGHS Area

Below are some of the graveyards in the MADGHS area that we have transcribed and presented here for your information. Please click the relevant link (where available) to see the individual graveyard.
Back of the hill / Knockloughrim Presbyterian
Ballynascreen Church of Ireland
Ballyscullion Church of Ireland
Boveedy Presbyterian
Castledawson Presbyterian
Christ Church Church of Ireland, Castledawson
Churchtown Presbyterian, Tamlaght O’Crilly
Culnady Presbyterian
Draperstown Presbyterian
Drimbolg Reformed Presbyterian, near Tamlaght O’Crilly
Drumagarner Chapel, Kilrea
Garvagh First Presbyterian
Garvagh Second Presbyterian
Kilcronaghan Church of Ireland (New), Tobermore
Kilcronaghan Church of Ireland (Old)
Kilrea Church of Ireland
Kilrea First Presbyterian
Kilrea Second Presbyterian
Lecumpher Presbyterian, near Desertmartin
Maghera Presbyterian
Magherafelt First Presbyterian
Moneydig Presbyterian
Mullagh Old Graveyard, Maghera
Ringsend Presbyterian, near Garvagh
St. John’s RC Chapel, Granaghan, Swatragh
St. Lurach’s Church of Ireland (New), Maghera
St. Lurach’s Church of Ireland (Old), Maghera
St. Nossonus / Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower Church of Ireland, Innishrush
St. Patrick’s RC Chapel, Glen, Maghera
Tamlaght O’Crilly Upper Church of Ireland
Tobermore Presbyterian (New)
Tobermore Presbyterian (Old)
Woods Chapel Church of Ireland


Gravestone (Left stone) - Shoan McTrener died January 27th 1735

Gravestones or Headstones.. whatever you call them, they’re a wonderful record of the past! Some gravestones are easy to read.. others have been ravaged by time and the elements.. so HOW can you best record the information carved on the stone? Rather than trying to write the information down at the graveyard, the best thing is to photograph the stones. This allows for the recording of the information to take place not only in the comfort of the home, but also at a pace that suits you.. rather than a hurried hour or two hours walking around a graveyard. All these records have been transcribed from gravestones which have been photographed. We photograph ALL the gravestones in the graveyard and any stone that is going to present a problem (for example, where there is wear or decay of the stone at crucial places, etc.) is photographed many times, from different angles, and sometimes on different days, just so the most information that is available can be recorded. Grave stones are wonderful sources of information. But a word of CAUTION.. not everything you read will be correct. Consider this: Most grave stones (particularly 150+ years ago) were erected when people had money, and usually when the last of a family was buried. So, there could be a gap of maybe 50 or more years between the date of death and the date the stone was erected. Therefore, take dates, ages, etc., with the proverbial pinch of salt. They may be perfectly correct.. they may also be wrong. I can think of one example where a man died on the 16th September 1887 (confirmed by death certificate), yet his grave says 15th September 1888. Mistakes can and DO happen! Having said that, we believe that our recording of these gravestones is probably 99% accurate (NOTHING is 100%!).

“The inscription on a tombstone generally furnishes very scant information relating to the dead ; and yet, at the distance of a century or more, it is perused with avidity by heirs or descendents.”

Rev. W. D.  Killen D.D., History of Congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and biographical notices of eminent Presbyterian Ministers and Laymen, 1886

Whilst we have endeavoured to record the information on the headstones as faithfully as possible, occasionally errors can happen. Please click on the link below and then follow the links to the required graveyard.

Graveyards in the MADGHS Area    ◄

A New Graveyard for Tobermore?


Belfast Newsletter 3rd January 1896 Edition

MAGHERAFELT BOARD OF GUARDIANS.- A special meeting was held yesterday- Mr. James Shivers, deputy vice-chairman, presiding. The other Guardians present were Colonel Sir W.F.L. Conyngham, K.C.B; Messrs. Andrew Brown, J.P.; Brigade-Surgeon Waters, C.B., J.P.; James Sinclair, J.P.; Wm. Eakin, J.P.; Thomas S. Ash, J.P.; W.J. Derby, J.P.; John Keenan, J. P.; Wm. Harbison, J.P.; Felix Ferran, J.P.; James Caldwell, Thomas Daley, J.P.; Daniel McKenna, James Garvin, Alexander Burnett, Thomas Shiels, George Mullan, Thomas Houston, Hugh Barkley, William Rutherford, J. P.; Robert Eakin, Wm. Anderson, Andrew Lattimar, Nicholas Mulholland, Joseph Carson, Charles Convery, Henry O’Neill, J.P.; Robert Bell, John O’Kane, Robert S. Murdock and Thomas Carleton.
… The Board was specially summoned to consider a memorial from ratepayers in Tobermore, praying that a public cemetery be provided by the Guardians for the district. A memorial against the proposal was presented by Mr. Anderson, Guardian of the division, the grounds of composition being –
1. That there are at present three burying-grounds around Tobermore, in which the members of the different Protestant Churches who have existing rights have full liberty to bury.
2. That it has always been customary for each of the denomination (the Baptist denomination excepted) in the division to provide a burying-ground of its own. Many members of the Baptist Church have undisputed right of interment both in the Parish Church and Presbyterian Church burying-grounds.
3. Under the foregoing circumstances there was no necessity for a cemetery being provided.
The memorial was influentially signed. Dr. Waters, C.B., J.P., Whitefort, in moving that a public burying-ground be provided, dwelt on the fact that one of the graveyards mentioned in the memorial was closed for upwards of twenty years, and that the Presbyterian graveyard was practically closed. Regarding the new parish church graveyard, the Church authorities had resolved that, except in a few instances, no one outside their own congregation would be allowed to bury there, consequently there was no place of burial. Mr. Caldwell seconded Dr. Waters’ proposition. Rev. Mr. Stevenson, Tobermore; Rev. G.K. Moriarty, Kilcronaghan; and several other laymen, appeared before the Board in support of the memorial against a public cemetery being provided, and were heard at length. Mr. Murdock moved, and Mr. Mulholland seconded, an amendment that a public cemetery be not provided, which, on a poll being taken. 19 votes for and 33 against.