Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Sir John Gray, M.D., M.P

Yesterday I wrote a post about Mrs. Farrington, a woman upon whose grave marker a number of people to whom she was connected are named, none of whom are interred within her grave at Mount Jerome Cemetery. This is the grave of one of those named on Mrs. Farrington's marker, Sir John Gray, M.D., M. P..

In addition to being a medical doctor and member of Parliament, Gray also served as chairman of the Dublin Corporation Waterworks Committee from 1863 until his death. He is credited with playing a key role in the 1868 introduction into Dublin of a reliable pure water supply from the Vartry Works in County Wicklow. Sir John Gray was also the owner of The Freeman's Journal Newspaper.

In 1879 a monument dedicated to the Nationalist MP was erected on Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street). The monument stands close to the original Abbey Street location of the offices of The Freeman’s Journal.

Sir John Gray died at Bath, England, 9 April 1875, aged 59; his remains were returned to Ireland where he was honoured with a public funeral at Glasnevin. He is interred in the prestigious O'Connell's Circle of Prospect Cemetery at Glasnevin. There is a doorway leading to the crypt in which he is interred; above it, at ground level, stands this beautiful marble headstone.

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All materials ©Copyright J.Geraghty-Gorman 2010.
Webb, Alfred. A Compendium of Irish Biography, M.H. Gill & Son, Sackville Street Dublin, 1878.
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