Friday, December 21, 2012

In the fifty-sixth year of her age: Jane Grogan, 1789

In St. Michan's Churchyard, Dublin, stands this small stone dating to May of 1789. It reads:

Memento Mori
The Stone was Erected by Pat.k
Grogan of Church Street Grocer
for him and his Policrity Here
lyeth the Body of his wife Jane
Grogan who Departed this life
the 5th day of May 1789 in the Fifty
Sixth Year of her age.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

John Hayden Crozier: Music Master of the 85th Regiment

Erected by
Mary to the memory of her beloved
Husband John Hayden Crozier late
Music Master to the 85th Reg. King's
light infantry who departed this life 27th
March 1848 aged 30 years.
This stone, erected to the memory of John Hayden Crozier, stands in St. Michan's Churchyard, Dublin. Not much history is available about this music master of the 85th Regiment of the King's Light Infantry; however, it is known that John and his wife Mary lived on Blackhall Street, a short distance away from where his regiment was quartered in the Royal Barracks (now Collins Barracks), and he died intestate.

The history of John Hayden Crozier's regiment during its time in Ireland is an interesting one. The infantry served in Ireland from 1846 until around 1851, during the time of An Gorta Mór, the Great Famine.

In the Spring of 1846, six divisions of the 85th Regiment arrived in Ireland, having been called from the West Indies and Barbados. Between March and May they landed at the Cove of Cork (once Queenstown, now Cobh).  From Cove they were marched to Buttevant, County Cork, where they were joined by depot companies under the command of Major French.  From there all divisions marched to Limerick and beyond, with attachments settling in such places as Birr, Loughrea, Banagher, Shannon Harbour, Portumna and Ballinasloe.

In September of 1847, the headquarters and detachments were moved from Buttevant to Dublin, where they occupied the Royal Barracks. The regiment remained in Ireland until April of 1851, at which point it departed to Preston Barracks, Lancashire, England. The history of the regiment makes no mention of the fact that they were assigned to the country of Ireland to ensure there was no civil unrest during An Gorta Mór, the Great Famine, although it is noted that they were called to Thurles, County Tipperary, in July of 1848 “to quell a rebellion expected to break out”.

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Crowley, John, William J. Smyth & Michael Murphy, editors. Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, New York University Press, 2012.

Smith, Henry Stooks. An alphabetical list of the officers of the Eighty-fifth, the King's light infantry regiment, from 1800 to 1850, Simpkin Marshall, England, 1851.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday, almost: Number Please!

Among the markers in the cemetery at the Maynooth Seminary in County Kildare, stand these iron crosses. The crosses are unique because, instead of bearing the name of the person interred within, each marker bears a number which corresponds to a list carved in stone on the archway entrance to the graveyard. The stone list provides all the particulars for each man: his name in its Latin form, his date of birth into the religious life, and his date of death.

The markers.
The 'List'
Cross #18

The entry for cross #18, in translation: Thomas McGuinness of the diocese of Ardagh 1806-1830

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Just beyond a 'Cathedral' of trees

In Maynooth, County Kildare, at the site of Maynooth Cathedral and Seminary School, there is a simple unadorned graveyard, in which priests and others who were once members of the seminary community are interred. It is in an area behind the school and the church, so if you do not know where to look for it, you will not find it. The tops of the trees have been grown so that they knit together in such a way that a sort of beautiful 'Cathedral' of trees is created. The entranceway is obscured, although it is marked by an icon of the crucified Christ, and the gate into the cemetery is just behind it.

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